The Association Services Committee
2010 Annual Meeting
The Association Services Committee met on Sunday, January 31 to review the association's member services activities and to preview upcoming 2010 events.
The committee heard reports from the following divisions: Meetings, Membership, Communications, Education, Human Resources, Field Services and FRS.
Highlights from the meeting include:
The Meetings division reported that approximately 2300 people are attending this year's annual meeting. Counts are about the same as the 2009 Annual Meeting in Long Beach and booth sales at the Expo have remained the same as well. The 2011 Annual Meeting will be in Dallas, Texas. Make plans now to attend the 2010 Fall Conference in St. Louis, Mo.
NTCA's total membership currently stands at 1135. That includes 258 cooperatives, 322 commercial companies, 99 subsidiaries, 385 associates, 61 associations and 10 international members. The membership department will be focusing on recruitment and retention efforts in 2010.
The Education department previewed the following programs to be held this spring: The Telcom Executive Forum slated for March in Charleston, SC; the Board Officers Conference which will be held in San Antonio, Texas in April, the Spring PR/Marketing Conference will be held in April in Baltimore, Md. and the Human Resources Conference which will be held in May in Austin, Texas.
The Communications division reported that it had in collaboration with the Membership department revamped NTCA's image and collateral materials. Look for the new brand visuals at this meeting. Other first quarter activities will include launching two social media vehicles, publishing the Compensation and Benefits Study and preparing for the Spring PR/Marketing Conference.
The Human Resources department informed the group about several products the department offers to members; the Managers Search Service, the Key Employee Search Service, on-site training programs, compensation studies, executive coaching, employee opinion surveys and the DISC program.
The Foundation for Rural Service fundraiser, "Journey to Timbuktu" at Busch Gardens was very successful. Over 625 members attended the event. In addition, the golf tournament drew 133 golfers. Proceeds from the fundraisers will go for scholarships that the foundation awards to rural students. The 2010 Youth Tour is already generating a lot of interest. The foundation recently published its latest white paper on Broadband Wireless Technology. They also updated and produced a Wiki type glossary of telecom terms and produced an informational mailer on texting while driving. Please visit the FRS website for more information on these and all the materials and services they provide.
Field Services staff informed the committee about the activities of the field staff and gave an overview of SMC products and services.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm