JUNE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
By now many of you would have noticed a change to the Associations online presence. In late April, the JAA staff launched the new and improved JAA website which has been in the works for some time now. The new look site is backed by specialist membership-based organizational software which is cheaper and more efficient to run than the last platform. In addition to the new look, members can now enjoy easier login capabilities, self administer their membership details, pay invoices and set up payment plans online, access new and improved content and more. If you are a JAA member who is yet to use the site, I invite you to take a look around and give us your feedback. Improvements and tweaks are done daily by the JAA team and are happy to assist with any questions of issue you have. Enjoy!
Not long after the website was unveiled, the JAA Board met for the second time for 2019. Much of this meeting involved in-depth discussions about the meaning and purpose of trade associations and what we can learn from others to assist with us innovating our strategy and business model. The not-for-profit landscape is vast. There are over 600,000 registered NFP’s in Australia, 60 000 of those registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC). In this large mix, it is sometimes easy to forget the wider impact trade associations have beyond their membership base or wider industry on the democratic process and wider economic climate. I hope to have further strategy and communications plans released and actioned soon. Stay tuned!
Just as businesses are being disrupted global forces such as digital economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), globalisation, sector consolidation and more so is the association sector. To ensure association sustainability to growth we need to go back to the roots of what we are in the business of- ‘associating’! As I do in every Presidents Message, I ask for anyone in the industry to reach out to me and share your concerns, desires or thoughts on what we should be doing next. In the next couple of weeks, we will be reaching out on a wider scale to all industry members on what they want the future of the Australian jewellery industry to look like and how we can get there. You can send me an email at email@example.com.
Do take a look around the new website and let us know what else you would like to see online. I hope to deliver further refreshed initiatives to you in the future.
MAY PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
A few weeks ago, the JAA staff and I convened for a strategic planning session in the JAA’s Barangaroo offices. These planning sessions involve intense brainstorming, projecting, questioning and reviewing in order to develop the best pathway forward for the Association. One of the salient points which continued to be raised is the value of relationship. Harmony and communication between customers, suppliers, partners, staff and stakeholders are foundations upon which ideas can flourish through collaborative effort and fostering. It requires attention, care and good judgement. This is the approach that the JAA is taking, either formally or informally, in its path towards the future.
Many of you would have heard that the 2019 JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards have been announced and preparations are now in full swing. 2019 is a particularly important year for the Awards as they are celebrating the 25th year of their inception. The Awards were established in the late 1960s by then President Roy Worfold and have continued to be a respected and prestigious competition for jewellery design and manufacturing. It is a wonderful platform for jewellers to show to the wider community their creativity, skill and aesthetic. The entrants’ works will be publicised broadly via social media and on our website. I had the pleasure of being part of the judging panel for the 2017 Awards and was most impressed by the variety, originality and inventiveness of the entrants. I now look forward to assisting in the delivery of a fantastic program later this year. For more information guidelines, dates and entry requirements visit jaa.com.au/awards or head over to the our social media pages.
I am also pleased to announce a new partnership established to ease the burden of energy bills for our members. Australian Business Energy is free not-for-profit energy comparison and switching service available nationwide and it takes little time to do. We have forged this partnership due to the benefits already achieved by the program so far. Currently, Australian Business Energy has saved 8 out of 10 business an average estimated saving of $1,800 not including savings to residential power bills. For more information on Australian Business Energy you can head over to australianbusinessenergy.com.au or contact our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JAA is working towards many more collaborations with various stakeholders such as Australian Business Energy to assist our members with business costs, efficiency and value-added programs that that will only enhance their business operations.
I would very much like to hear from members and the wider industry for suggestions and comments regarding what types of benefits and initiatives are desirable from your membership of the Association. This is all part of our strategic planning and your thoughts are most welcome. I always enjoy hearing the ideas and opinions of anybody who wishes to have a say. The advancement of the local jewellery industry is always top of mind for me and I have high hopes for a bright future.
Please feel free to email me at info@ jaa.com.au.