Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

Volunteer Leader Newsletter

Moving Your Members To Action With "Contagious" Content

 By: Nadine Merker, Director of Member and Volunteer Engagement

I am sure that each of you would like to create content on your MY AADE NETWORK page that your members could not resist reading. Or send emails or start discussions that members feel compelled to open and interact with!

Finding Your Conversation Champions

By: Peggy Hoffman, CAE

PeggyHoffmanOriginalIs your MY AADE NETWORK community struggling to get conversation going? Feel like you are talking to yourself? Is there a solution? Yes there is! Conversation Champions are members who will get the conversation going in your community by posting questions, starting discussions, commenting on posts, writing blog posts, and actively inviting others to get involved.

Member Engagement and the Community at Large

By: Marilyn Novosel, MPH RN, CDE
Members are the reason that professional organizations such as AADE exist. But the strength of an organization cannot be measured in numbers alone, but rather in the level and quality of member engagement. The author, Michael J. Brennan, describes engagement by a simple equation:

Preparing for the State CB Training Program


It may only be mid-October, but this is the time for you or your group’s representative to begin preparing for the day and half State CB Training Program in Chicago. What do I mean by preparing?


Help People with Diabetes Conquer the Grocery Store—Tip Sheet Available Online

Conquering-the-Grocery-Store-thumbFor people with diabetes, grocery shopping can be downright overwhelming. But AADE has a new, free resource that can help them make it to the checkout.

The tip sheet “Conquering the Grocery Store” includes advice from AADE member Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDE, on strategies for creating a healthier shopping list, what information to look for on food labels and ways to think outside the “box.” Anyone can use it to better grocery shop, especially those who have diabetes. The tip sheet is free to download and print, and can be given to your clients or medical practices you are working with so they can share it with patients.


Announcing the CB Member Recruitment Challenge

Is your CB up for a friendly competition? How about a chance to win five free memberships? AADE is excited to launch the CB Member Recruitment Challenge, a contest designed to help bring in new members as we near the end of 2015.


COI Engagement Project Success     

As you know, the Communities of Interest are one way to engage with other diabetes educators nationally, on topics you share a similar interest in. However, not every member is aware that the Communities of Interest (COI) groups exist within MY AADE NETWORK. AADE aims to change that!

Welcome to the MY AADE NETWORK CB and LNG Store!

MY AADE NETWORK StoreThis convenient, shopping site for AADE State Coordinating Bodies and Local Networking Groups was created to make it easier for MY AADE NETWORK leaders to order products for their upcoming programs and events and have it billed directly to their CB or LNG AADE account. AADE has provided Lighthouse Printing, Inc. with the CB and LNG Logos so that you can personalize any of the items you select to order.


Are You Thinking About 2016?


By: Melissa Akinlawon, AADE Advocacy Administrative Coordinator

As a Coordinating Body Leader, you are well aware that 2016 is fast approaching. AADE Advocacy strongly encourages all Coordinating Body Leaders to fill the important role of State Grassroots Coordinator (SGC).  


MY AADE NETWORK Tip: Responding to Spam Emails

As some of you may know, we have been experiencing spam emails coming through to our MY AADE NETWORK online community.  The amount of spam coming through is not in excess, and we normally expect spam to occur in ebbs and flows in any online community.  However, in order to keep the area as spam-free as possible, we wanted to provide some tips for defending against and responding to spam.


Promoting During National Diabetes Education Week, November 1-7

National Diabetes Education Week (NDEW) is just around the corner! Celebrated each year during the first full week in November, it’s our opportunity to generate attention for the work that you do. This year we are planning several activities. Be sure to check go onto our website ( and social media vehicles each day that week to learn what’s new. 



CB and LNG Store



Member Affiliates Liaison to the Board

Kellie Antinori-Lent

Member Affiliates Council

Richard Arena
New York CB

Mary Jean Christian
California CB

Chris Memering
Inpatient Management COI

Marilyn Novosel
North Carolina CB

Kendall Smith
Plant Based Nutrition COI

AADE Staff

Nadine Merker
Director, Member and Volunteer Engagement

Patricia Mangano
Manager, Volunteer Engagement

John Tyler
Manager, Web and Digital Content

Carlita Gay
Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement 


Important Dates: 
(All times CST)

All Volunteer Leaders
Fall Audio
November 4 @ 12pm

2016 State Coordinating Body Training Program
January 8 and 9 

Spring Audio
April 8 @ 12pm

CB and LNG Leaders:
Briefing Call
February 4 @ 12pm

Briefing Call
March 18 @ 12pm

Briefing Call
June 10 @ 12pm

MAC Co-Facilitators:
Quarterly Call
January 28 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
May 20 @ 11am

COI Leaders:
Quarterly Call
October 21 @ 11am

Quarterly Call 
February 11 @ 11am

Quarterly Call
June 17 @ 11am