COSMA News


COSMA Annual Meeting Exceeds Attendance Goal

COSMA held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 24, in Washington DC. We welcomed 24 members for the “in person” meeting and 3 who joined remotely, for a total of 27 in attendance. (In planning, we had hoped for 20!) The feature speaker, Tom Osina, an association management professional based in Alexandria, VA, encouraged COSMA with “Ideas for Growing Your Association.” The conversation ranged from basics of operation to legal considerations, with valuable tips for running effective meetings. The round table discussions focused on business models and fundraising, advocacy, conference planning, and managing volunteer organizations. As always, there was lively interaction between SMA representatives as we shared challenges and ideas. (In future newsletters we will highlight the written questions and comments from participants.)

The Annual Business Meeting convened at the end of the program session. Johnna McEntee, Executive Director, Ohio Museums Association and Chair of the COSMA Foundation Board, presented the Annual Report submitted by Cynthia Sweet, Executive Director, Iowa Museum Association and President of the COSMA Board. The formal meeting concluded with Ruth Ann Rugg, Transitional Leader, thanking the COSMA members for their support and encouraging them to meet their counterparts from other states during Museums Advocacy Day.

Special thanks to AAM for allowing COSMA to use a meeting room at the Washington Plaza Hotel free of charge.

Special thanks to Alex Freeman, Executive Director, Texas Association of Museums, for managing technology for the remote attendees.

COSMA Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 24, 2019
2:30-4:30 pm
Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington DC

COSMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, on Sunday, February 24, 2019. COSMA will convene at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 2:30 pm. The program includes a COSMA Colleagues Round Table, a Featured Speaker, and the Annual Business Meeting. All SMA representatives who plan to participate in Museums Advocacy Day are encouraged to arrive in Washington DC in time to join the COSMA event on Sunday afternoon. Registration is $35.

Have you registered for Museums Advocacy Day yet?