Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Can Associations Incorporate The Neighborly Wave?

Growing up in rural Ohio, I grew accustomed to the “friendly wave” when passing folks on their front porch, a farmer plowing his fields or the driver of an oncoming car on a rural road. If a wave wasn’t possible, people would give a friendly “toot” of their horn as they passed.

And, the waves came in all styles – from a full hand to a lifted finger – almost like fingerprints.

After 40+ years of living in metropolitan areas, I was thinking “I miss that neighborliness.” Oh, we “sorta wave” to our neighbors but rarely do I sense the kind of neighborliness I felt back when I was growing up.

Until now.

In moving to this “55 and better” community near Fort Myers, I’ve discovered that they have instituted the wave of my childhood. Whether walking, driving, biking or golf carting, there is strong evidence of “The Pelican Preserve wave.”

It’s nice. One of the things I like about being here. A part of its culture.

Makes me wonder if our associations have something similar to the rural wave?

Do our association cultures incorporate that sense of family/community/neighborliness. It’s what Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter included in their book Humanize, isn’t it?
Is it in the “voice” our staffs share with members, prospects and others?

Is it incorporated in our board and committee meetings?

Is it part of our conferences and conventions?

If not, why not?

Shouldn’t we encourage our staff and members to go out of their way to ensure friendly neighborliness within our associations?


  1. Steve, I wrote a similar post after my latest visit to Anguilla this year:


    It's about conferences rather than associations, but the message is the same…

  2. Just read your blog Adrian ... Great minds do think alike (LOL).