Whew….Is Walk Season Over Yet?

Tue, October 23, 2012 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director

Turn out the lights….the walk is over?  No way! Instead, we’re all saying NOW that walk season is over we have to move on to other things, right?  Oh, yes, we’ll all take a week or so to recuperate (and some of you still have a walk coming in the next few weeks). But no matter when your walk is, at some point end-of-year activities begin to monopolize your time.  Many of you will serve on committees planning the annual holiday party.  Others will hunker down to crunch numbers for the 2013 budget.  Still others will evaluate software and other tech tools to make decisions for the future.  It doesn’t matter what part you’re playing, I’m pleased to tell you that we have you covered.  Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action has grown our libraries in the last 2 ½ years so much that it’s easy to find a resource for your immediate problem.  No, we don’t have everything but we’re working on it!

For example, let’s say you’re in charge of the holiday social event in your organization. Well, you might want some ideas on invitations or maybe even a budget template.  You’ll find those in the Repository! What if you would like some new ideas on organizing the event? Just watch the Holiday Party Planning Made Easy webinar presented by Amy Van Bergen of DSA of Central Florida and Rosa Rocha of DSA of Houston!  We’re going to offer replays of this webinar on Wednesdays throughout the month of November, twice a day!  Yes, it’s Webinar Wednesday centered on coordinating a successful and fun holiday party for your membership.  (We’re giving credit to Robbin Lyons for coining the “Webinar Wednesday” moniker, LOL.)

But, we have too much information to just do one replay each week! No, you guys are working on your 2013 budget, so let’s replay the Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit webinar presented by Charlene Hill (CPA and current Treasurer of DSAIA).  You can watch this webinar on Mondays at 10 am or 7 pm from October 29th through November 19th.  Hmmm…..not a member of DSAIA? We’re offering this webinar to nonmembers for a small fee.  Just follow the links at the bottom to find out more.  And, of course, for those in need of budgeting resources you need go no further than the DSAIA Repository where you’ll find lots of examples of budgets in the Administration folder.  

And for those researching new technology, we have quite a few options.  We’ll be replaying both the imATHLETE and Crowdrise demos in December along with presenting a new Technology Series webinar devoted solely to event registration software.  Oh, and don’t forget to check out all the VIP discount offers available for web and event software platforms on our website at  We’re always looking for new opportunities to broker discounts for our members so look there before you make large purchases in 2013.

Like I said, I think we have you covered.  But if we don’t….just let us know what it is that your organization needs to be more productive, to grow your membership, and to fulfill your mission. We’re here for our members and your feedback is what helps US help YOU. 

See below for information on the upcoming webinar rebroadcasts:

Budgeting for the Small Nonprofit, Mondays at 10 am & 7 pm  (Oct 29-Nov 19)

Holiday Party Planning Made Easy, Wednesdays at 10 am & 7 pm (Nov 7 – Nov 28)

Crowdrise Demo, Tuesday & Saturday at 10 am & 4 pm (Dec 4 – Dec 8)

imATHLETE Demo, Tuesday & Saturday at 10 am & 4 pm (Dec 11 – Dec 15)

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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