Day 21 ... Yesterday ASAE Greater Washington Network held one of its Super Swaps (a great idea for other associations) and among the topics was volunteerism. In fact of the six sessions, 2 focused on volunteerism. I followed the discussion by Twitter (check out the hash tag #asaegw or for a cool recap Elizabeth Engel’s post). One comment in particular struck me:
Day 20 ... Another Wednesday, another sailing race, another time as crew. But it wasn’t “another” sailing experience. Today was very different. The sailing lesson between races is what made this experience very different. In this sailing lesson, rather than focusing on sailing where the wind took me, we simulated a race of sorts. I used the wind to take me where I wanted to go. And that path included around buoys like in the race. For this lesson I was the captain. And what a difference that made in my job as crew. I did better at anticipating turnabouts, understanding the wind and being in the right position as we took the buoy.
Day 19 ... Two days in row, I waited until the end of the day for my dip into the lake. Both had beautiful skies, sunny days until I headed to the lake. A few dark clouds, then thunder. The light flashing indicated the lake was closed. Damn.Tomorrow I will head to the lake as soon as the day warms. I will not miss another day. The good news is that my chapter board did seize the moment. We agreed to join a member in co-sponsoring a great September training event. Hmmm ... let's all remember, seize the moment!
photo credit Stephen Rees
Day 18 ... Sports Week is a 6-day flurry of activities at Eagles Mere held once each in July and August. It’s a sports contest. It’s friendly competition. It’s a model for chapter award programs. Why? Well everyone has a simple, achievable goal – complete at least 5 (3 if you’re 20 or older, a category called the Bald Eagles) events.
Day 15 ... My son had a routine stop by a police officer. It passed without incident. My son complained that the only reason the officer stopped him was because of his age. Other parents had similar stories. And then a few of my peers shared their similar experiences as teens.
Day 14 ... If you love the Beatles, off-beat movies with good endings, great music and incredible scenes, check out Across the Universe. The movie is essentially a rock opera using the Beatles' music and the Vietnam War as a backdrop for a romance. This will certainly go down as one of my favorite movies ... for more than the reasons in the first sentence.
Day 13 ... A couple days ago I paddled in a canoe race with my son. I was multi-tasking: participating in a sports event for points while supporting my son and spending mother-son time.
Last December, I dragged my family to help at a homeless shelter. I was multi-tasking. The two boys got needed service hours, I lived up to my commitment to serve the community and we did something together as a family.
You see multitasking can be efficient and effective. I therefore really liked the BNET blog posting Make Multi-tasking Work. You might too!
Day 12 ... Let’s just say that when I read Carol Kinsey Goman's post Seven Seconds to Make a First Impression on the Forbes blog it struck a chord. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen chapter leaders make all the classic mistakes including #1 in Carol’s list. They start off a meeting with a shrug like the meeting is a burden or a grimacing smile suggesting “let’s get started so we can get it over”. And then the meeting goes downhill.
Day 11 ... We had been without water service since Thursday evening when the well pump began failing. By Saturday, the plumber declared the solution was a new pump. The cost to install on Monday was about one-half to install on Sunday, and the cottage owner, knowing that we were without, agreed. But to the plumber, it wasn’t worth it. You see there were priorities. To which I say: bravo and gee I’m jealous. How many times do we put the almighty buck ahead? We even say we’re doing this for our family. But at some point, what you’re giving up is lost forever. That’s what life balance is all about.
Day 10 ... The trails in Eagles Mere are well-marked and so when we embarked on the Yellow trail for a 3-mile hike we didn't take a compass or a map. We didn't even study the map because all we had to do was follow the markings. And it was only a 3-mile hike. We took our "certainness". Well, we would have been better off with a compass and a map.
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