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Goss and wife Arlene live together with their three children in the San Fernando Valley community of Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles, California. has gotten off his soapbox complaining about the recent name change of the newsletter association. But here he returns to the soapbox reflecting about the implications of its now being run by an outside association management firm--the type of reflections not seen in SIPA's own publications.
I took the position as executive director of the newsletter association in March 1979. For a year or more previously the association had been managed by an association management firm as one of a number of its clients.
This was the traditional path for new associations:
* Run entirely by volunteers, the "office" being one of the officers' file cabinets;
* Engage a multiple management firm to provide administration; and
* ASAP (chat) asap - As soon as possible. , when finances permit, open your own office and hire a dedicated staff.
So, like the great Yogi yo·gi
n. pl. yo·gis
One who practices yoga.
[Hindi yog , I cannot help a certain feeling of deja vu See DjVu. all over again now that NEPA has become SIPA SIPA Structural Insulated Panel Association
SIPA Small Investor Protection Association
SIPA Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association
SIPA Specialized Information Publishers Association (formerly Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association) and returns to a multiple management firm called Association Management Group.
In 1979 then-president Ken Callaway admitted he'd made a mistake in selecting the management firm. A mistake in that he assumed their experience managing small associations qualified them to run the small Newsletter Association of America, as it was called then. But the associations they managed were much different from NAA NAA
Nomina Anatomica Avium. ; they tended to have small fixed memberships of "everyone" in the industry, and the management firm picked a fancy hotel for quarterly board meetings and planned the D.C. spring lobbying trip.
Ken also complained that while the director of the firm was well qualified, the junior exec who seemed to be handling the "NAA account" was pretty green.
Transition to paid staff
Time marched on and, for the next 27 years, The Years, The
the seven decades of Eleanor Pargiter’s life. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 1109]
See : Time Association of Many Names (TAOMN) was served by a dedicated staff. Yes, to an extent I'm blowing my own horn here, but I don't mean just myself and Patti Wysocki, but a number of others. Many readers may remember them: Tamra, Mary Margaret, Mike, Penny, Rebecca, Barbara, Janine, Kati, and more recently the irrepressible Harry.
The association has also had great volunteers who contributed much from Day One. But over the years, every month, week, and 8-10 hours a day (or sometimes more), it was the people I listed above who made it go. They were dedicated and hard working, and--getting down to the short strokes--it was the association that signed their paychecks.
Now the Specialized Information Publishers Association joins an association management firm that handles some 15 additional groups * with a total of 100 or 110 employees (both figures appear on the website, www.amg-inc.com). I can't help being reminded of the situation in which a successful smaller newsletter publisher is acquired by a giant firm 20, 30, or 50 times its size. More often than not, the results haven't been especially happy.
New executive director soon
When Patti Wysocki leaves as executive director in a couple of months, there will be three experienced newsletter people among those 110 AMG AMG All Music Guide (music website)
AMG All Media Guide (group of media websites)
AMG All Movie Guide (Movie website)
AMG Arzneimittelgesetz (German Law) staffers. A new director will be selected for SIPA. Odds are he or she will not only be new to "newsletters" (hard to stop using that word), but much less experienced than Patti; in fact, she has more association experience than the principals of AMG.
There will probably be further staff turnover--not a pessimistic prediction, just normally the case at associations when the director changes, perhaps especially when the new one is from "outside."
One only hopes SIPA doesn't disappear into the alphabet soup of AMG's client list. I may be wrong in this, but I really think it's very unusual for an association of more than a quarter of a century of independence, and both a million-dollar annual budget and a million-dollar reserve fund, to return to a multiple management firm.
Plans to dip into dip into
1. to draw upon: he dipped into his savings
2. to read passages at random from (a book or journal)
Verb 1. capital
And I did get a little chill down my spine when I read of plans to dip into capital and spend some of that reserve figuring out what specialized-information publishers are and what they might want from an association like SIPA.
I am told the firm has state-of-the-art software that will massage the SIPA lists of members, former members, prospects, book orders, and conference attendees in so many ways that the "multiple buyers" will leap out Verb 1. leap out - be highly noticeable
jump out, stand out, stick out, jump
appear, seem, look - give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect; "She seems to be sleeping"; "This appears to be a very difficult problem"; "This project looks and whistle Dixie to talk unrealistically; to engage in unrealistic or overoptimistic fantasies; as, that ain't just whistlin' Dixie s>.
See also: Dixie . And that, with their size, they will have much more clout negotiating with hotels and airlines.
This may be so, but to me it does not justify giving up independence. Time will tell how wrong I may be, but I'd guess it will have to be several years before anyone can give me the raspberry.
* Illustrating Alexis de Tocqueville's oft-quoted remark about the propensity of Americans of all stripes to form groups and associations, the AMG client list includes:
* Depression and Related Affective Disorders Affective disorders
A group of psychiatric conditions, also known as mood disorders, characterized by disturbances of affect, emotion, thinking, and behavior. Association,
* National Potato Education and Research Foundation,
* Tortilla Industry Association,
* Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies,
* and a dozen more.