One college professor finds a way to combat the dreaded “classes cancelled due to inclement weather” scenario. After her experience with the Snowmageddon of Winter 2010 when the university shut down for a week, R.S. Zaharna, associate professor of communication American University, decided to find a way to make the current technology work for her and her students. She got the chance this past week when classes were cancelled.
I just finished a blog posting by Mike Myatt excogitating on how attitude reflects leadership. Talk about hitting the nail on the head. We know intuitively that the right or wrong leadership can have a devastating impact on our associations. This is felt all the more at the chapter or component level. Yet putting our finger on the problem isn’t as obvious.
For many today is simply a day-off. For others, Martin Luther King Day is about service. In thinking about how I wanted honor this day, I began to look at how I have tried to honor this call to service and for open-mindedness thoughout the year. I figured that looking back and assessing my performance could help me set new goals for 2011.
As Peggy writes in her January 5th post, 2010 was an exciting year for Mariner. It was also the year we really got rolling with the Association Volunteers! Facebook Fan Page, a celebration of the energy, enthusiasm, and often unrecognized work of association volunteers. My job was to listen to the stories of these volunteers.
This time, we talked with a woman who broke through stereotypical gender roles to become the president of a trade association in a predominately male industry. Jean Maisel, office manager of JDL Electric Company, Inc, is the 2010-11 president of the Independent Electrical Contractors Association-Chesapeake Chapter, a 2-year position in which she is determined to make a difference.
It happened twice in one week - there was a huge elephant in the room that all the volunteers worked around during their meeting.
Behind every great volunteer is a "system" and the best have a "Queen of Volunteers."
Case in point: Linda Sappington has come to be known as the “Queen of Volunteers” in Southern Utah where for 17 years, she has served as director of the Volunteer Center of Washington County. She began with a group of 300 and as she moves to a new position leaves 1,500 volunteers in seven different programs. Read the story and ask do your volunteers have the right system?
This month I've found a bounty of resources that I've tagged and used. Among them are thesace gems:
This week’s #assnchat was all about Recognizing & Thanking Volunteers. Great topic for Thanksgiving week!
It’s an interesting topic for this group because we are all volunteers and in fact this whole program is volunteer-created and run. KiKi L’Italien is the fiercest of us all by week after week moderating this hour-long Tweetchat on association topics – without pay! So let me start this post with a public THANK YOU to KiKi! And a public thank you for Jeff De Cagna, who with his volunteer hat on began this wonderful chat series.
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