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Hello MABA Members!
We had a great meeting this month! As I keep reminding everyone it is our 20th Anniversary year and we continue to celebrate. But, we are also using this milestone year to focus on growing our association and bringing value to our members and our community. To this end, the MABA Board is working hard to fulfill the goals and objective we set forth in our Strategic Plan.
One of those objectives is to have our committee structure established, our committees filled and action steps in place for each committee to do its part in moving our organization forward. We spent time at this month’s meeting to highlight our committees and to give those in attendance the opportunity to sign-up as planning committee members or volunteers. We plan to have the Committee section of the website updated by next week. If you were unable to sign-up at the meeting, please check out the website for the committee information and contact the committee chairs for more information and to sign-up. We are also encouraging everyone to volunteer in some way either at specific events and/or for meeting greeters and set-up. The more you participate the more members you will meet and get to know. This will ultimately assist you in building your business. And, it makes MABA fun!
Speaking of fun, check out the website for our calendar of events. Our next MABA social is Wednesday, March 29th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Old Chicago in Okemos.
Let's GROW MABA!
Updates from Meridian Township
We have added a new page to the MABA website at www.maba.biz that lists the current development projects in Meridian Township. This will be updated each month after the regular monthly MABA meeting and will be a single place to go for updates. There will also be contact information for the Township if you have questions about specific projects.
Attention MABA, the promotions page has new been completely redesigned to make it easier to find and read promotions that are offered by your fellow MABA Members. This page is for special promotions, programs, or discounts offered to MABA Members and is not for weekly promotions and sales. Please email your special promotion or offer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The kickoff Wine and Cheese reception was held on Friday, the 20th at Dusty's Cellar in Okemos. This is where MABA began! We had three of the founding members, past presidents, current board members, and members present to celebrate the start to our organization's 20th year. It was a wonderful time with shared memories, stories, and fun.
Matt Rhodes, owner of Dusty's and founding member of MABA spoke about the history of the organization and that it was started to pull together business people from the Meridian Area and help to grow and support local business. Vivian Laux, another founding member, said a few words and received a bottle of Dusty's Cellar wine as a thank you for her years of support of MABA. Julie Brixie of Meridian Township shared her hear-felt story of joining MABA and Chris Buck, from the EDC, also shared what MABA has meant to Meridian Township and his businesses.
A door prize drawing was held with a bottle of Dusty's Cellar wine going to the winner. Congratulations to Diane Allen for winning the prize! In conclusion, it was a great evening of networking, sharing memories, and fun for all in attendance. I hope that you will all consider attending one of the upcoming events!
To ALL MABA Members!
It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as MABA's President for 2017. This is a very exciting year as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. It is extremely meaningful to me since I am a Founding member and have been with the association throughout these 20 years. And, it is exciting for me as I look at our membership today and see many new faces among those who have been there a while. We continue to attract guests and add new members. Our challenge this year is to meet our goal of 200 members by the end of this year. We can do it! We've been there before.
Hang on to your seats as we unfold many new events and activities and brush the dust off some old traditions. There will be so much for you to participate in at any level you choose, planning events, volunteering at events, sponsoring events as well as attending events. Our association is focused on networking and doing business with members and we do this through building relationships. So, it goes to show the more active you are in MABA, or any organization, the more benefit you will receive.
YOU are MABA! Without YOU, MABA doesn't exist. Please get involved and let's grow together!
We have created a new Jobs Board for MABA Members to post available positions that they would like to fill with some of the great talent that the Greater Meridian Area has to offer. It can also be shared to social media and linked to outside webpages. This is another benefit of your MABA membership because postings are only open to MABA Members!
This will be my last article as MABA President and I am so grateful as I look back over 2016. Life seemed to be chaotic at times, business has been very good, and I feel blessed. It has been a year of getting things organized and ready for tremendous growth.
MABA has made significant progress with its strategic plan. Policies implemented, membership has increased, and business accomplished. The aspect of MABA that I am truly humbled to be a part of is the charitable efforts. As an organization we were able to give three grants to very deserving charities that can truly make a difference in our community. We were also able to help three members attend educational seminars that will ultimately help them to grow their businesses.
MABA is a networking organization of businesses, but we are also an organization with a huge heart. I have enjoyed being the President and serving on the board. There are so many people to thank, so I will just thank everyone involved in MABA. From the board to every member, you are what makes MABA great. Have a wonderful holiday season and let's make it a great 2017!
An additional Strategic Partnership has been developed with the Greater Lansing Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that will allow cross marketing of MABA and the GLHCC. We are looking forward to this new opportunity to work with another great organization! Please help me in welcoming them at our next meeting!
We spoke about the things that we are truly thankful for at the last meeting. Overwhelmingly we are thankful for our families at home and in our businesses. I am no different. I am most thankful for my wonderful son, Josh, and for my work family at ASK. I also cherish my relationships from MABA.
MABA is such a wonderful group of people that never ceases to amaze me with the amount of charitable things that are done. Not just dollars, like in the case of the Joan Smith Memorial Scholarship, but in the many charitable events that time is given. I heard of several members that are volunteering time to help organizations with events to raise awareness and money this holiday season. It is in this spirit that I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving and am looking forward to the December meeting and Christmas season.
We are fast approaching the end of the year. It is a time to reflect on how far we have come as an organization and to start looking forward to next year. As the year winds down, we celebrate success with the MABA Awards, Philanthropic Grants, and new board members. Thank you to all who have submitted nominations for all of these. The MABA Awards help us to focus on those that have made significant efforts to improve their businesses, MABA, and the Greater Meridian community. The Philanthropic Grants are just a small way that MABA can provide assistance to those organizations that seem to be in need of help. It allows all to realize that there are those that need help, and we can be a part of the solution. The MABA board elections are a great way to be involved in MABA, but more important, it provides new ideas, energy, and direction for the organization's future.
I am excited by the efforts of MABA and am very proud to say that I am a member of a great organization such as MABA. Thank you to all of you! You are the reason that MABA is great.
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