In the spirit of this month of giving thanks, I want to start my letter with several thank you's:
First - a great big thank you to the Fall Aging Conference Planning Committee for putting on an outstanding event! It was awesome to listen to the inspiring and educational speakers, connect and network with peers and learn more about the great resources that are available in our community.
Second, thank you to everyone who completed our MASWA membership survey. I want to let you know the themes of the results and some things we are putting in place as a result of your feedback.
Overall, 83% of the people that completed the survey stated that they are very or extremely satisfied with their MASWA membership. The top three reasons for being involved in MASWA are: 1. Networking, 2. Public Policy and Advocacy Information and 3. CEU opportunities. Where would you like improvements? The answer is networking time, meeting topics and the MASWA website. 47% of our MASWA members need CEU's and 53% of our members do not. 80% stated that the current meeting time (afternoons) is the best time for our meetings. 69% of our members have been members for 3+ years - only 3% have been a member for less than one year! Regarding Joint Programming with St. Paul Senior Workers Association - the results were pretty evenly divided between yes, no and unsure.
Many of you commented on the fact that the location of the membership meeting is very important in your ability to attend the meeting and that having a centrally located location would be helpful. So........ we heard you. For 2013, we are planning to have our membership meetings at the same location each month and have reserved Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Stay tuned for information regarding meeting sponsorship and location.
We are also planning on changing the structure of our meetings to allow additional time for networking and will explain our new format at our January meeting (we will start the new format in February). We also are looking into planning additional networking social events apart from our membership meetings.
As for the website, we're making good progress with the website redesign and hope to have an updated, working website by the beginning of the year.
That leaves us with a full agenda to begin the New Year. If you would like to see the actual results of the survey, please contact me or if you have any additional questions or comments - please feel free to bring them forward to me or any member of the board.
Last, thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to MASWA.