Our next volunteer is a little different because he is the unique position of being on both sides of the association world: as a professional for a large national association and as a volunteer for his state association. As he puts it...
When you are on both sides of the fence, as an association volunteer and as an association professional, you see the complexity of it even more. When you work for an association you approach things one way; yet when you're a volunteer, you see it from a different perspective. I appreciate the richness of that experience.
Here's another in our series on awesome Association Volunteers. This volunteer believes it's never too late to take that leap…
There is something in it for everyone at whatever stage of your career as long as you still have an interest in growth and increasing your knowledge.
Now that I have officially graduated from college, it's time to get down to the nitty gritty and start focusing on what's happening in the "real world"—internet-wise, that is. Yes, I mean Social Media.
This morning I opened a new container of a certain product only to discover that it was barely 2/3 full. Of course, the container was marked with the standard “Packaged by weight not volume. Contents may settle during shipping and handling,” but this was a simple powder. How much settling could have occurred? Now I don’t necessarily have a problem with the actual amount in that container—it is, after all, what I paid for. I just have a problem with the initial appearance of much more.
Yesterday, day 25 ... the power was off more than on. Big thunderstorms along with a weird power interruption in another state knocked the internet and phone service off the grid in the mountains of Sullivan County, PA. This isn't unusual. But compounded with the intermittent - at best - cell service, it does make conducting business and even staying in touch with kids at home pretty frustrating. And, of less importance, it meant my lake-side posting couldn't happen.
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:
It’s been a while since we posted our last volunteer story, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been listening.
Say hello to Davida Breier, fulfillment specialist with Johns Hopkins University Press who volunteers for the Independent Book Publishers Association and the non-profit independent publisher No Voice Unheard, offering her expertise in publishing and marketing to help promote the missions of both organizations. Davida feels truly lucky to be in the position where her professional life and volunteer activities are directly related.
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.
Story 1: Can’t find No Volunteers
Two weeks ago, I was in need of a few helping hands. It was an immediate need. The job was short-term: a couple of hours. It could be done in the comfort of your home or office, or with peers over pizza and beer.
I made the first “error” I did a call for volunteer email blast.
I made the second “error,” a few reaches to “safe” people I knew.
Then I went outside the box. I did a search of members within 10 miles of the office. I didn’t include ones from my main volunteer list. I send each a personal email. I gave them options. Was specific about the commitment. I even addressed concerns like “but I’m not qualified.” I told them why I needed them. I began calling. Before I got to the third call, I had 7 commitments from “new volunteers” plus 8 additional replies that while they couldn’t due to schedules, please put them on the list for future opportunities like this.
I sent the new email with a note of who was coming to my regular volunteers and pulled in two for the party and two other regular volunteers formed teams in their office.
Mission accomplished. Lesson learned.
Our next volunteer took on a monumental task when she agreed to spearhead a project launching her professional association into the future. Kathy J. Berkowitz, APRN, BC, FNP, CDE, Senior Medical Science Liaison for Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., volunteers with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) where she facilitates change in order to advance the Diabetes Educator profession, and with the Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) where she helps those with Diabetes and their families.
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