In 2008, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) was ready to create a new model for their chapters. Fast forward to February 2012, when on a volunteer leadership call, three local leaders shared how the new model is working in their states. We heard proof that volunteer leaders will embrace change and in fact make it their own. AADE had successfully thrown out the dirty bath water (old structure) without losing their members and volunteers.
A great conversation happened over on the ASAE Components Section Collaborate group. It began with a simple request for a sample committee charter or work plan; It morphed though into a dialog on the value of committees.
So I call the bank/ phone company/… to ask a question about my latest statement, for example, and I get a voice mail prompt to enter my account number. After several more auto-queries (and often quite a few expletives), I get a human on the other end of the line. The first question they ask is…”What is your account number?”
Volunteer-managed chapters often struggle with the question, “At what point do we need to hire outside help?” The answer depends on several factors including an honest, accurate assessment of what needs to be done. (Note, a full discussion of the latter is another blog post on the propensity of chapters to mis-define themselves simply as mini-versions of the national association and thus burden themselves with far too broad a task list.) The decision to outsource is driven by three questions that get at financial and human resources.
Peggy challenges us all in her post Meme Time! How are you going to change the world in 2012? to post our goals for the coming year. For me it means continuing our project Association Volunteers! where we shine the spotlight on those people who give their time and talent to their professional associations. The project was launched in 2010 with the Association Volunteers! Facebook fan page where fans can share stories, find inspiration, and give thanks to those that have made a difference.
Just love a challenge which is why I couldn’t resist Maddie Grant’s meme (see my reply) or rthe latest from KiKi L’Italien / Shelly Alcorn’s. There is certainly a part of me that abhors all the resolutions and cute exercises to set a tone for the new year. Let’s face it how many really stick or are even remembered?
In the December 14th posting on the Personal Branding Blog, Roger Parker discusses his strategies on a successful content marketing in 7 Content Marketing Tip for Small Business Success. The one point that really struck me was to think of your readers as students and you as the teacher.
- Breath deeply every day. I'm trying this and have to admit that I do feel better - instantly - when I breath in deeply and exhale slowly.
- Find a fun volunteer opportunity. Not one that you are *required* or *expected* to do. One that you just find enjoyable. I dance at church, at senior citizen homes ...
- Subscribe to National Geographic and Popular Science. Then allow yourself to read the editions you want to and ignore the others.
- Most chapters will do about 25% of what you (lead organization) want.
- Best kitchen investment: Pampered Chef Citrus peeler. Removes the hesitation to eat fresh oranges and grapefruit.
- Have a "contact us" page. This year we have received a dozen awesome and unexpected contacts through this page including one yesterday from a long, lost best friend!
- Find a trainer with a sense of humor and great sense of self. (Yes, I can recommend one.)
- Shop insurance agents regularly. (Note: they don't have a commitment loyalty.)
- Thank often but don't expect - or need - thanks in return.
- Remember birthdays.
- Best quote of 2011: "But if we smartened up sooner, we'd end up dumber" - read the research behind it- it'll open your mind!
- There is a difference between governance and politics.
- Acknowledge others - thank you Seth for the blog inspiration!
- Mariner survived 10 years just by having a vision, working hard and believing.
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