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Savor the summer; ANI comes in autumn

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We are on the home stretch of summer and soon turning the corner to fall. The kids are starting to think about going back to school and here at our national headquarters August means plans for the upcoming ANI are in full swing.I love the change of seasons but I savor these long summer days when my dogs and I can head out in the coolness of evening for our nightly walks without walking home in the dark. Washington and Northern Virginia are known for their long steamy summer days. It’s hard...
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There seems to be differing in opinions on what employees should pay and what employers should cover when it comes to membership, career development, networking and continuing education for an employee. Having been an employee and now an employer; I can see many perspectives. As the Executive Director of AAHAM, I also hear the views of our members.Being involved in an association takes commitment and time as well as expense but it is certainly vital in career development and personal growth. Ask...
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Yay Paul Miller

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Our Government Affairs Representative, Paul Miller from Miller/Wenhold was named one of Northern Virginia’s “Persons of the Year” recognizing his work with the firm and the community in this month’s edition of Northern Virginia Magazine. You may see him at Legislative Day and our annual ANI; his work on behalf of AAHAM as our government strategist is vitally important to AAHAM and the industry.What you may not know is his passion for basketball and helping his community. ...
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Being There

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I am amazed at how many people are holding up cell phones and taking pictures, all the time, everywhere! Everyone is so busy taking pictures, they are missing the moment.  I just got back from a conference in Portland, Oregon and was lucky enough to experience their popular “Starlight Parade.” Folks were so preoccupied taking pictures with their phones; they missed the clowns, baton twirlers and floats. I wish folks could slow down, put away the phone and just savor the sights a...
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Happy Memorial Day

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In the midst of bar-b-ques, family & friends, please take a few minutes and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, our veterans, who have fought and died for our country as well as those that defend us. We appreciate your sacrifice and your service!
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ADAPTING TO THE TIMES

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It occurred to me the other day that many professional and trade associations lose members as there is a natural attrition of members but associations continue to successfully endure and grow.  My dad’s Rotary chapter that he loved so much and gave tirelessly has become nearly is extinct. The chapter’s members aged and few new members could be recruited. The old guard stuck to their ways and were not adapting to the boomers and x’ers generations. The same fundraisers were ...
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Spring is in the Air

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This year’s Legislative Day was the best ever; we had 96 attendees and over $13,500 in generous sponsorships, may from our own chapters! And while I had predicted the cherry blossoms would be at their peak; they failed to cooperate this year. It was just too chilly for them to bloom when we were in DC. Cherry blossom bloom sighting were reported daily as our members trekked back from the Capitol from their meetings but their grandeur was missed and saved for other spring visitors. Of cours...
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LEGISLATIVE DAY IS JUST DAYS AWAY

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One of the benefits of membership of AAHAM is attending Legislative Day and its just days away now! Because of the extra cool temps we’ve had lately, the cherry blossoms will be in peak bloom, right when you are here. How lucky we are! For more information, visit www.nationalcherryblossomfestial.org I have to admit, despite planning and attending every Legislative Day; I find going to Washington, DC and being part of this event so incredibly exciting and rewarding.For a newbie, Legislative...
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LEGISLATIVE DAY & WASHINGTON DC TRIVIA

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Being in Washington, DC and having the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their aides is a lasting memory and really vital to AAHAM.While you are planning for you trip; I wanted to offer you some interesting trivia about Washington:We’ll be there during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the cherry blossom’s peak bloom date could be when you are here. Peak bloom date is defined as the day which 70 percent of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees surrounding the...
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Let the Good Times Roll at the ANI

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We've recently returned from the Board meeting in New Orleans and while our days were filled with strategic meetings; the Crescent City's atmosphere made everyone excited anticipating the ANI in October. First, The Sheraton Hotel where we will be based is a great hotel venue for a meeting. Its central location right on Canal Street puts the French Quarter in easy walking distance. As a side note, the Baltimore Ravens were staying across the street at the Marriott when they played in the Super bo...
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