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Upcoming events

    • Thu, February 02, 2023
    • Thu, March 16, 2023
    • 7 sessions
    • NCMC Borra Learning Center Room 49C (downstairs) or Online via Zoom

    • Are you part of a Board of Directors that has "challenges"? 

    • Are you a newly elected Board Member or Board Officer and you are not sure what you are supposed to do? 

    • Does your organization need to learn how to recruit new people for the future? 

    • Do you want to make your Non-Profit Organization or Association the best and most high functioning that it can be? 

    If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this class is for you!

    Join Certified Association Executive and Non-Profit Organizational Development Specialist, Scott Herceg, CAE, as he guides you through the best practices, experience and useful industry standards that have helped him successfully run award winning, Northern Michigan based, non-profits and membership organizations for nearly 20 years.

    Whether you are brand-new to non-profit work, or if you are an experienced veteran, there is something in this series of classes for everyone to take back to their organization that will make it better.

    Sessions 1&2 - The 5 M’s of Association Management and Non-Profit Administration©

    Basic Training for anyone involved with a Non-Profit Organization or Membership Based Association. Money, Membership, Manpower, Marketing, and Mission are the building blocks of any non-profit organization or association.  Everything your organization does should be based on properly and effectively using these 5 words and the best practices that go with them. Master the 5 M’s and your organization will be successful.

    Session 3 - Board Development and Governance
    Basic Training (Part 2) for any member of a Board of Directors or Staff. Learn what it takes to be an outstanding Board Member/Staff Advisor on a High Functioning Board. Explore the Do’s and Don’ts of Board Operations and learn how to implement them for your board.
    Session 4 - Budget Development/Management/Growth

    If we are a non-profit, that means we aren’t supposed to make any money, right?  WRONG!  Learn how to build a healthy budget and keep it that way and then grow it for the future. Topics explored include non-profit accounting basics, financial reporting that every board member can read, benchmarks for good budgeting, templates for profitable program and event production, how to plan for the future, and properly file your financial reports today.

     Session 5 - Membership Growth/Management/Retention

    If you are not growing, you are dying! It’s as simple as that…well, sort of.  Learn how to evaluate the health of your organization and your programing through membership trends. Explore techniques for gaining new members while engaging your current members in a fun way.  However, it is always easier to keep a member than recruit a new one so dive into the importance of good member relations and how to best keep them engaged and renewing year after year. Topics covered include: value propositions, why join statements, market penetration, quality “onboarding” procedures, new member 1st year or aka “I just joined, now what?," membership standards, and legal issues related to membership that could sink your organization if you are not careful.   

    Session 6 Everybody is an Asset

    How to properly use your nominating committee to grow your board strength and your organization's capacity for success. Learn how your organization can get the right people in the right positions, doing the right jobs for the right reasons. Topics include proper nominating committee procedures, how to encourage diversity in thoughts and demographics, why a good orientation for board members and new staff is so important, and the life cycle of a volunteer and staff… do they burn out, flame out, or heroically ride off into the sunset as the credits roll. Also, Staff, Board of Directors, or Committees...just who is responsible for each thing anyway?

    Session 7 - Executive Director & Board Chairperson Coaching 

    Whatever the titles are: Executive Director, President, Board Chairperson, Executive Officer or just Leader.  The top people, staff and volunteer need to fully understand their role in the organization and why the importance of that role functioning smoothly has a great influence on the rest of the organization's operations. Learn how the roles for the top staff person (Chief Staff Executive) and the top volunteer leader (Chief Elected Officer) work in tandem for the good of the organization but how they also have very different responsibilities. Other topics covered will include preparation for board meetings, agenda building, board management best practices, and how to conduct a smooth flowing board meeting that gets stuff done.

    About ​Scott A. Herceg, CAE

    Certified Association Executive and Organizational Development Specialist with almost twenty years Managing and Directing award winning community non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and membership based professional trade associations across three states.

    As the author of The 5 M's of Non-Profit Administration and Association Management©, Scott has used that framework for success throughout his career to help organizations develop the edge they need to take the next step and to bring under-performing or under-developed organizations back to a position of success.  Now, with Northern Edge Consulting, he is looking to help many more  organizations reach that same outcome.  

    Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning, change management, goal setting and execution, board development, basic training for new professionals, volunteer recruitment and development, membership growth strategies, fundraising techniques, and effective budgeting for growth. 

    • Thu, February 02, 2023
    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Online

    Owls of Michigan

    Jamie Platt is a professional ornithologist who helps people find birds. Most of us know how hard it is to see owls in their natural habitat. What we don’t realize is how many owls are hidden in the fabric of our everyday lives. Although highly represented in our culture, owls more than any other animal, take such great pains to conceal their presence. You will learn the how, where and when to find and identify by sight and sound the ten owl species that can be found in Michigan.

    Jamie Platt is an alumni of Northern Michigan University where he graduated with a degree in Zoology. He has taught or lectured at Washtenaw Community College, Monroe County Community College, Schoolcraft College and the Ann Arbor Adult Education program. He is also the founder of Hell's Birders, a birding organization based in Ann Arbor.

    • Fri, February 03, 2023
    • Fri, March 31, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Online

    In partnership with:

    February 3 - Valley Forge Winter and the Man Who Made It Count: The hard winter of 1777, when the Continental Army was camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a turning point in the American Revolution, the moment when new drills and regimental regulations finally turned a ragtag collection of ill-supplied and often embittered enlistees into a more disciplined and professional fighting force capable of winning a war. This program tells this important story from the perspective of Baron Friedrich von Steuben, the Prussian immigrant with the unusual home life whom Washington tasked with achieving that critical transformation. 

    March 3 - 1783 Treaty of Paris:  America’s Future on the Brink:  Signed in 1783, the Treaty of Paris was the formal agreement that ended the War for Independence and created the United States of America. University of Maryland historian Richard Bell argues that the Treaty of Paris was a triumph for US diplomacy that reset relations with Britain and set a new border with Spanish North America. Notably, however, the treaty also damaged the US-French alliance irreparably and left Natives, loyalists, and fugitives from American slavery to fend for themselves.

    March 31 - Stolen: Join us for a talk with Dr. Richard Bell, the author of Stolen, a new book that tells the incredible story of five boys whose courage forever changed the fight against slavery in America. Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black-market network of human traffickers who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.


    Richard Bell, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He has won more than a dozen teaching awards, including the Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves as a trustee of the Maryland Historical Society and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  He is the author of the award winning book, Stolen.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

    • Mon, February 06, 2023
    • Mon, April 10, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • Online, with one in-person session (3/18) at NCMC Library Conference Center
    • 28

    Winter Stress Reduction Course

    Living an alive life is what this course is all about. Exploring stress management through mindfulness.

    Life is short, and your time is important. This evidence-based program has 40 years of research supporting it. It may be right for you if:

    • You would like to learn how to better cope with and manage stress
    • You are interested in exploring mindfulness techniques and bringing new practices into your life
    • You would like to acquire skills to choose to focus on the positive, aka "Growing the Good"
    • You enjoy experiential learning 
    Some Possible Benefits:
    • Decreased stress and anxiety
    • Reduced symptoms of chronic pain
    • Enhanced use of self-care and gratitude
    • Increased positive coping behaviors
    • Improved focus, attention, and sleep

    The class includes daily home practices, which will be shared at orientation

    Online Orientation: Monday, February 6, 6:00-8:30 pm EST

    Online Classes: Mondays 6:00-8:30 pm EST, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/10

    In Person All-Day Retreat:

    Saturday, March 18th from 8:45 am-4:30 pm.

    Where: NCMC Library Conference Center, Petoskey, MI


    All you need is a desire to learn and a willingness to join us.

    *Please plan to attend all classes. If you need to miss more than two classes, please take the course at another time.

    Cancellations are non-refundable within 24 hours of this event.

    Instructor, Amy Janssens, MA

    Amy Janssens is a mindfulness educator, MBSR Teacher trained through Brown University, and a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor. Amy brings evidence-based practices to reduce stress and increase joy. As a licensed teacher, Amy holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University.

    Amy shares practices and tools for self-regulation and self-awareness with children, adults, families, schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Michigan. Passionate about teaching and learning, Amy loves to empower others with the tools to show up in the ways they most want and form deeper connections in their lives.

    • Wed, February 08, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 18C of the Borra Learning Center
    • 10