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FSAE Leadership Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you get involved/volunteer with FSAE?

As a young professional in the association community I was looking for a way to meet other professionals, learn how to be a better association professional and improve the associations I work with. My involvement in FSAE has helped me with all those goals. It has been one of the best experiences in my life and has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.

Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Partners In Association Management

From the moment I stepped into my first volunteer role in 2007 through today, my professional and personal life has sky rocketed.  The ideas I’ve learned have soared my career and association.  My network of industry professionals has grown exponentially creating many life long friends. The personal reward I have felt from watching ideas become reality to transforming people’s lives has been very fulfilling. I would highly encourage anyone to jump in and experience serving with FSAE. 
Tom Morrison
Metal Treating Institute

What Does It Mean to Serve in a Non-Profit Organization?

To Serve means that you are committed to the mission and principles of an organization, and want to actively participate in perpetuating and enhancing the value of that organization. You have the opportunity to give your time, passion and energy to that mission, which allows you to be a part of a purpose bigger than yourself. Volunteer Service allows you to give back to an organization that has provided you many opportunities to grow in your profession as well as personally. It is very rewarding to the individual.

Why Should I Serve With FSAE?

FSAE is the only organization in Florida committed to the growth and professional development of the association industry professional. Your volunteer service provides you the opportunity to have a voice in the industry and to build a network of colleagues who have common interests and passions. Together, those who serve make a huge difference in your industry. Serving as a volunteer leader in FSAE shows your commitment to the organization and its members, as well as your desire to positively impact the association community in Florida.

What is Required of me in Serving With FSAE?

The most important requirement of volunteer service is your commitment to be actively involved. This means that you participate, provide your creativity, take on responsibility at a level you’re able to commit to, and embrace team effort. The beauty of serving is no one person does all the work. The benefits of contributing are the personal and professional development that you receive in return through working with others for a common goal.

Secondary elements you will need to evaluate are the time, budget and meeting commitments throughout the year. The FSAE Board meets in-person three times per year: at Annual Conference, in November with the Central FL Power Luncheon and Feb/March in Tallahassee. There is usually one virtual May meeting with additional virtual meetings as needed. In-Person meetings are typically half-day meetings and virtual meetings typically one to two hours. Hotel rooms are on your own - some meals may be provided.

Time and expense can be involved… but the ROI to both your career and organization will be huge. Why…Because you are serving with the industry’s best.

Where Can I Impact FSAE?

There are endless opportunities to positively impact FSAE and the association industry in Florida. Want to improve association education - there is a committee for that. Want to help grow scholarships and grants - there is a committee for that. Want to create networking opportunities - there is a committee for that. Want to engage the next generation of association professionals - there is a committee for that. The key is to determine what you are passionate about in your profession and jump in. FSAE is always looking for people with fresh ideas and a passion for the association and supporting professions.

What Will My Impact Be?

Your impact on the industry can be unlimited and is fueled by your drive, energy and desires. Everyone has an expertise and FSAE gives you the chance to channel that expertise where it can directly impact people’s lives and careers. Through the work of committees, task forces and the Board of Directors, you’re able to work on projects to elevate the hopes and dreams of everyone in the profession. The reward you’ll feel personally from impacting others is priceless.

What Will Service Mean to me Professionally and Personally?

It may sound cliché, but the more you do, the more you’ll receive - both personally and professionally. Serving FSAE is the ultimate win-win. Your support and participation brings a sense of satisfaction from giving back to the profession and the opportunity to grow professionally as a leader. Serving means so much more than Return on Investment. It means Return on Life. Some of your greatest life memories and closest friends may be born out of volunteering with FSAE.


FSAE has a commitment to diversity at every level of service. With FSAE diversity and inclusiveness means race, gender, age, personality types, sexual orientation gender/identity, and geographic locations just to name a few. FSAE understands that diversity allows us to make better decisions because we are exposed to different opinions, perceptions, values and experiences. These differences are integrated to create an experience that expands everyone’s horizons and opportunities.

How Do I Get Started? 

Getting started serving with FSAE is easy.  There are a variety of paths to take:  

Whichever path you take, the end result is always to connect your passion with a need of service.