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    10. The Master Photographers aren't coming to the meetings
    9. Your Board of Directors are made up of members with 2 years or less of membership experience.
    8. Your membership consists of more than 50% aspiring members
    7. Only 30% of your members are attending the meetings.
    6. Your membership calls your association "A Club"
    5. Your print competition has hardly any Professional images.
    4. Your President is on a two year term
    3. Your newletters start to show up after the meetings
    2. Your executive director is the only one who knows where you are financially.

    AND

    1. Your past presidents out number your members.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber
    http://www.meritageonmain.blogspot.com

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    The only one that is true for our local affiliate is reason # 1. The rest, we are at opposite of and that isn't necessarily good either.
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    What is a member supposed to do if these list items describe their association?

    - trr

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    Call a general meeting and do a SWOT analysis of your association (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). This exercise will tell you if your association is relevant. You and your members need to know if it is worth continuing your association. If you think it is worth fighting for, then you, as a member, can vote to make the necessary changes to your association. The membership has much more power than most members think.

    For example, if the problem is "a good ol boys" group running the association, you need to muster up your fellow members (and a lot of courage) to let the membership know that there are problems that are keeping your association from going in the direction the association needs to.

    If it is an executive director problem, then you, as a member have the right to call for an audit of the association's finances.

    The key to all of this is to re-energize your membership's commitment to grow your association and make it a professional association, instead of a camera club.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber
    http://www.meritageonmain.blogspot.com

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    What if it's a "good ol girls" group? (Couldn't resist.)
    Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.-Charlie Chaplin

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    In light of many struggling associations across the country, I thought it helpful to resurface some of these thread.

    Part of my interview with the nominating committees for PPA was my desire to help strengthen the affiliates. In turn, strengthening the affiliates would lead to a larger pool of leaders for tomorrow's PPA.

    There are no easy solutions to turning around entire associations, especially more mature ones, but I will be available to shed some light on some governance issues that your associations might be overlooking.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber
    http://www.meritageonmain.blogspot.com

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    I'm very proud of my PPA affiliate, Guild of Professional Photographers of the Delaware Valley (GPPDV) and of the the hard working Board of Directors who put in the time for the benefit of the membership and professional photography.

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    Glad to see this thread - Our paid memberships are down - members aren't renewing - any idea on how to get them to renew or recruit new members? We've tried a member referral program and it hasn't made much of a dent.
    We have a list of PPA members that are not state members - can we reach out to them - or is there a way that PPA can reach out to them to join their state affiliate?

    and what does "3. Your newsletters start to show up after the meetings" mean?
    Cassandra Sullivan, CPP
    Massachusetts CPP Liason

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    This is a really interesting thread, and then at the very end was the quote below Cassandra's post which i think fits perfectly.

    "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

    I have heard lots of reasons why not to join a membership like PPA or PPOC over the years from many colleagues. Has there ever been a poll to non-renewing members or professionals who have not joined?

    There may be some similar reasons across the board that jump out? Once a photographer leaves the organization, they may not invest the time in letting the organization know why...if they did go, maybe a good question is did they got to another association and if they did.....why?
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    What we are finding at PPA is very similar to the "new age" of marketing. That is, you cannot sell your members on "benefits" but rather, "experience".

    Many of the top 10 has to do with lack of engaging your members (sounds familiarly like Facebook, doesn't it?). Newsletters being mailed after the monthly meetings is a good indication that members are either not motivated, or, overwhelmed by the deadlines.

    The biggest problem I see are board of directors who have a duel role of serving on the board and being committee chairs - such as "Program Chair" and "Print Chair". Your association needs to let go of that "sacred cow" and get a non-board member engaged in being a chairperson.

    Even PPA is recognizing that there is a significant list of volunteers from our online sign up and is currently bringing all of them into the fold.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber
    http://www.meritageonmain.blogspot.com

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