What associations have you joined?  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines associations as “organizations of people having a common interest”.  The definition seems fairly straightforward and easy to understand.  When you join a group with those who have a common interest it could be for something such as a golf club, a church group, the AARP, the NRA, a political party, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, even a company that you work for, etc.  The common interest which you have could be a hobby, a sport, an industry group or it could involve a social issue that you feel strongly that motivates you to join an association.  The list of associations and common interests are endless.  Common interests can remain for a short or long-term period of time.  In all likelihood a common interest is something that you’re probably passionate about.

If you’re in the automotive repair and replacement (AGRR) industry there are a three well known associations that serve the common interest or interests of their members.  There are associations such as AGRSS® (soon to become the Auto Glass Safety Council), the Independent Glass Association, and the National Windshield Repair Association.  You get a good sense of their main interest by their names and when you look at their web sites you’ll find:

  • The common interest for AGRSS®, which stands for the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard, “is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. AGRSS® was founded and is supported by companies in the auto glass replacement industry that keep safe installation as their primary goal.” 1 2
  • The Independent Glass Association and its members common interest is “the only association dedicated to the needs of the independent glass companies in North America. Its members are also dedicated to the professional and ethical installation of glass in a safe and proper manner. IGA members are located in all 50 states and ten countries.”1
  • For National Windshield Repair Association members the common interest they share is that they are “recognized nationally and worldwide as a professional source of reliable information on the windshield repair industry.  NWRA membership puts you on the leading edge of timely information and gives you a strong influence in the industry. Your membership not only couples you with the dynamic leaders of the windshield repair industry, but with a voice in your destiny equal to any other member.”1

1)     I have had the honor of being a member of this association.

2)     I am a member of the board of directors and vice-president of AGRSS®.

Each of these three associations has memberships which are strongly aligned to common interests.  When you visit their individual websites, each association clearly states their goals in representing the interests of their membership.  By joining any association members are making a conscious effort to align themselves with other like-minded individuals and companies who share common interests or who share similar goals (values, principals, interests or beliefs).  If you surround yourself with people who have a common interest, then you and the group as a whole should be able to achieve more of those shared goals and the association will further improve or execute on the shared common interest as well.  Associations need to constantly increase membership and grow their sphere of influence in order to build on their success at gaining notice of their common interest or they will fade away along with their shared goals.  If you’re going to join an association, actively participate and you’ll be able to help achieve that common interest.  Passion, along with values and principals are key fundamentals of all associations.

If you find that you no longer share a common interest in the association you belong you can leave and then find and join one that does.

Just sayin’……….

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  1. #1 by Gary Hart on November 29, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    With all of your years in the AGRR industry, we just figured you would have more to speak about than just AGRSS. Come join the fun over at Forums.

    • #2 by "Just Sayin'..." on November 29, 2011 - 5:09 pm

      While AGRSS is something that I feel strongly about and a topic I feel is important to discuss, my post today had about 50 odd words out of 650 or so related to that association. I don’t think that AGRSS has been my sole focus as a blog topic, but I certainly appreciate your comments. What topics do you feel I should delve into?

  2. #3 by Bill Ken on December 3, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    Good post, nicely written. I love to read the latest info on auto glass industry as I have been doing the research in the same since long. I just came across your blog and found it very interesting. I have subscribed to your blog and hope you will be posting nice stuff like this over the coming days.

    • #4 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 3, 2011 - 3:06 pm

      Thank you for your comments on my blog. My current schedule is to post a new blog every two weeks and the next one will be on Tuesday, December 13th. I hope you will like the next one.

  3. #5 by Ebook Writing Service on December 6, 2011 - 8:41 am

    Yes I agree with you and your post is very interesting. So how we can form an association when less people are there with different fields?

    • #6 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 7, 2011 - 4:58 pm

      I’m sorry, but I don’t think I understand your question. What do you mean by “less people are there with different fields”?

  4. #7 by Web Writing Service on December 6, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Passion, values and principals are really three pillars to form an association. The above post is quite informative. Thanks for sharing.

  5. #9 by Cheap Article Writing Service on December 6, 2011 - 8:49 am

    I really appreciate this post. I am very much happy with this post that you have written it nicely mixing with Association. I am waiting for your next post. I hope that will be also interesting like this. Thanks!

  6. #10 by Article Spinning Service on December 6, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Good post. Is there any negative outcome of making associations and how it become negative?

    • #11 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 7, 2011 - 4:55 pm

      Thanks. Yes there certainly can be negative outcomes from associations and if that occurs, that’s when you leave and find a better association that shares your “common interest”. Shared values are key to associations. When you don’t share the values it’s time for you to go!

  7. #12 by Cheap Article Writing Service on December 6, 2011 - 9:03 am

    This is an interesting post. You have written it nicely about the AGRSS. So how can we expect good service from them? What type of service they are providing? Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing such nice post.

    • #13 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 7, 2011 - 4:52 pm

      To answer your questions, an auto glass company that is an AGRSS registered shop places a high value on the safety of windshield installations. After seat belts, your windshield is the most important safety device as it needs to remain in place during which allows airbags to deploy. Very important to the safety of you and your passengers.

  8. #14 by Todd Nash on December 14, 2011 - 7:24 am

    Nice post. Beautifully written. I would love to read about auto glass industry info since I am working for an auto glass industry. It gives me an opportunity to simplify my work and focus on other works too. Thanks.

    • #15 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 14, 2011 - 3:16 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Do you have any topics you can suggest for this blog that you would find interesting to read about?

  9. #16 by Milton Bohmer on December 14, 2011 - 9:12 am

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  10. #17 by David Benedict on December 19, 2011 - 7:15 am

    I love your blog and blog posts. Because, you write’s well and from time to time you’ll comment back on the comments you receive. I really appreciate this. Thanks.

    • #18 by "Just Sayin'..." on December 19, 2011 - 3:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. If you have any topics you’d like me to address that you would find interesting please let me know.

  11. #19 by Mathew Hoobler on December 20, 2011 - 4:04 am

    Yes. It feels nice to be a part of an association because we get to know many things and can talk to veterans of the industry. Thanks for sharing this post.

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