We Asked, You Answered: Looking Forward 100 Years

The past century has seen a lot of progress, but what does the next one hold for associations? Readers offer their perspectives on where they see their organizations going in 100 years.

ASAE, which supports association leaders at organizations large and small, is closing in on its centennial in 2020.

At the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition last month, a kickoff video highlighted the way that associations have made an impact over the past century—and put a focus on the next 100 years.

With this in mind, we recently asked our readers what they saw their associations achieving in the next 100 years. Here are some of the answers they shared.

Jill Beck

CEO, North Dakota Association of Realtors

Involvement and inclusion. Involvement not by serving on committees of the association, but by being part of the association and being aware of it. For so many, it is just somewhere to pay dues and they don’t understand the full benefit of belonging.

R.W. O’Gorman

President/CEO, The Automotive Lift Institute

In 2020, the Automotive Lift Institute will be celebrating 75 years of a mission that promotes the safe design, construction, installation, and use of automotive lift products across North America. In the next 100 years, we hope to see an industry free of injury, death, and property damage by enhancing automotive, vehicle, and car lift safety through partnered channels with all of the leading lift manufacturers, lift inspectors, auto dealership associations, and educators responsible for instilling safe lift operations throughout the whole of North American and beyond.

Luann Purcell

Executive Director, Council of Administrators of Special Education

We work to make sure all students with disabilities have the best possible educational experience in order to achieve high outcomes! We hope in 100 years, ALL children will receive optimal opportunities in all settings. We hope we will have made a difference in public perception of the great job that public education does for all children. We hope there will no longer be a teacher shortage in any area, but especially in the area of special education.

Karina Kayser

International Marketing Communication Specialist, ISSA

ISSA will support their members in raising hygiene and cleanliness standards worldwide: Professional cleaners and smart cleaning machines work side by side with sustainable cleaning products to improve hygiene and cleanliness standards in public buildings like hospitals or schools, transportation like trains and planes, and in private households.

Susan Fowler

Past President and Volunteer, Council for Exceptional Children

All children with special learning needs will have access to free, appropriate public education, which supports them in achieving their full potential. Their families will be considered full partners with the school in identifying and addressing learning and social needs. Schools will provide advocates for the child and family to ensure that the child’s team includes participation at the child and family’s preferred level and that teachers and administrators recognize and support this partnership for the life of the child/student. Support will be provided to children and families to ensure that changes in grade level or schools do not disrupt services or communication about the child and with the family and teaching teams. Transition plans are well-conceived and fully implemented to ensure continuity. When students reach the age of graduation, the student, school, and family will have a realistic plan to support employment, housing, and as appropriate, ongoing human services.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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