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Winter/Spring 2018

Letter from the President

Hello on behalf of your 2018 AzSAE Board of Directors. I am excited to serve as your 2018 President, and honored by the individuals who have volunteered to serve on board and committee positions this year. The experience and skill of these individuals will shine through in our calendar of activities the entire year. You'll find programs that teach a skill you can use immediately as well as personal development programs that build your leadership acumen. And every single one of AzSAE's events provide you a great opportunity to expand your network of association professionals (and friends) here in the Valley. 

The 2018 Board is building on the solid foundation and successes of our previous Boards, and I will work to maintain that level of excellence.

Thank you for being an AzSAE member. I welcome your thoughts and ideas about our organization, so don't be shy and let me hear from you. 

Here's to your association's success in 2018!

Debbie Webber, CAE
AzSAE President


March Luncheon Presentation

March Luncheon: Event Planning: Behind the Scenes WOW!
Presented by Kate Christensen, CMP, DMCP and Jamie Cook, CMP, CMM, CIS
Every event should consist of unforgettable experiences.  Each year has to be bigger and better than the last. How can you do this for a great impact within your budget? Learn how to budget your time and funds more effectively and glimpse at how professional meeting planners pull their events and programs together.

Thursday, March 22

Registration/Networking: 11:30am - Noon
Luncheon/Presentation: Noon – 1:30pm

The Scott Resort
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85250

Cost: Members - $40 / Non-Members - $60


Protecting Your Directors


By Richard C. Onsager, Onsager, Werner & Oberg, P.L.C.
The Arizona statutes provide special protection for “volunteers” of nonprofit corporations.  A volunteer is immune from civil liability for an act or omission resulting in damage or injury if two requirements are satisfied.  First, the volunteer must have acted in good faith and within the scope of the volunteer's official functions and duties for the nonprofit corporation.  Second, the damage or injury must not have been caused by willful, wanton or grossly negligent misconduct by the volunteer.


What Makes A Great Leader?


by Suzanne Lanctot, CAE, SOS-Association Management Solutions
What do Alexander the Great, Alfred the Great and Catherine the Great all have in common? They were all considered to be great leaders – what made them great?

Alexander the Great had incredible success as a military commander, due to his bold strategy, his ability to vary his tactics, and the loyalty of his troops. He was described as perceptive, logical and shrewd. He had a great thirst for knowledge, a love for philosophy and was an avid leader. I’m sure having Aristotle himself as his personal mentor had its advantages.
Alfred the Great was described as open-minded, an advocate for education, and an exceptional listener. He had a reputation as an educated, knowledgeable and merciful man. He improved the legal system, military structure and the quality of life for his people.

Catherine the Great had a reputation as a benefactor of the arts, literature, and education. Russia was revitalized under her reign and was recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. She was described as courageous, intelligent, logical, optimistic and ambitious. 
What qualities do they all have in common? Strategy, ambition, courage; knowledge and education; perception, logic; and the respect and admiration of the people around them.


Member Spotlight

Meet Wendy Anderton, CEO of Global Ties Arizona and the new Membership Chair for AzSAE.

Global Ties Arizona is a nonprofit organization that brings international visitors to the United States through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Wendy was a member and volunteer for the organization for about eight years before assuming the role of CEO. Her extensive travels outside of the United States ignited a passion that drives her desire to convey the message of Global Ties Arizona and its programs.


Member News

New Members

Jennifer Blair, Director of Membership, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
Angie Horney, Sales Manager, Courtyard and Residence Inn Phoenix Downtown
Adrienn Massaglia, Property Sales Manager, Caesars Entertainment/Harrah's Ak-Chin
Erika McDowell, Director of Operations, Arizona Multihousing Association
Justan Rice, President, ACEC of Arzona

Member Anniversaries
Susan Bitter Smith, CAE
, Southwest Cable Communications Association, 36 years
Carolyn Sechler, CPASechler Morgan CPAs PLLC, 33 years
Richard Emmerling, Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown,23 years
Carol Goguen, SMACNA Arizona, 23 years
Sherry Henry, Prescott Resort, a Grace Hospitality Property, 23 years
Richard Onsager, Onsager, Werner & Oberg, P.L.C., 23 years
Pamela Traficanti, Visit Tucson, 23 years
Patricia Chesebrough, CAE, National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors,21 years
Suzanne Lanctot, CAE, SOS - Association Management Solutions, 7 years
Paul Hickman, Arizona Bankers Association, 5 years
Kathy Startt, Arizona Crop Improvement Association, 4 years
Elizabeth Darr, Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery, 3 years
Catherine Ried, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 1 year
Laurie Williams, SOS - Association Management Solutions, 1 year



Susan Shields, Little America, Flagstaff, 2 years
Stephanie Davidson, Arizona Outdoor Fun, 1 year
Karen Davis, CTA, Mesa Convention Center & Amphitheatre, 1 year

Tina Litteral, CAE, Hon. AIA
American Institute of Architects Arizona Chapter, 23 year
William Peterson, CAE, National Speakers Association, 5 years
David Godlewski, Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, 5 years
Shannon King, Association of Energy Services Professionals, 4 years
Heather Long, Arizona Funeral Cemetery and Cremation Association, 3 years
Doug Kacena, Twin Arrows Hotel and Casino, 2 years
Thomas Kube, Aging Life Care Association, 1 year
Wendy Anderton, Global Ties Arizona, 1 year


Upcoming Events

LIVE WEBINAR: Beyond Association Silos: 10 Tips to Redesign Conference and Learning Strategy - February 27 / 11:30am-12:30pm

Educational Luncheon - March 22 / 11:30am-12:30pm

LIVE WEBINAR: The Art and Science of High Trust Teams - 
March 29 / 10:30am - 11:30am

Social Mixer - April 5 / 5:00pm-7:00pm

LIVE WEBINAR: Fueling Exceptional New Member Experiences April 10 / 10:30am - 11:30am

Educational Luncheon - 
May 3 / 11:30am-12:30pm




to attend the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions, and more.

Over three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the association industry.


CAE Library
Did you know AzSAE also maintains a CAE resource library of books and materials on a variety of association topics for member use?

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AzSAE Charity of the Year!
First Place AZ is ushering in a new era of housing and community development for individuals with autism and neuro-diverse abilities in “the most autism-friendly city in the world."



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