Thursday, May 19, 2011
As we think about summer plans and most of us prepare to be away from our jobs, it is a great time to think about commitment to our association. The work we do is not, as some like to say, volunteer. We are advocates for ourselves and for our fellow members. If "volunteer" means not getting paid, I guess most active members are volunteers, but I prefer to look at it in a different way. My belief is that those who provide service to the membership do it because they believe in the organization. I think they see it as an opportunity to make sure that an excellent public education is intimately tied to great educators. And when I say educators, I mean ALL who work in public education, not just those with direct student contact. If you are away from your job this summer, please consider the level of help you can provide to our association within the coming year. Can you spare time to help serve on a committee? Can you be a building representative who helps get information to and from the membership? Can you come to a meeting so you'll be fully informed? You don't have to be an expert because we can offer training to those who are willing to serve. Please consider this. Together we are stronger and can have greater impact than we already have. Enjoy the summer!