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Answering the Call to Serve

When I talk to my colleagues in other associations, I always come to the same conclusion about ICHRIE members—no other association I hear about has the number of people giving back to the association through volunteerism. Our members serving on committees, on the Federation and ICHRIE boards or participating in Special Interest Groups number in the hundreds.  They are people who more often than they’d like (or more often sometimes than they should) spend thousands of hours making sure that our association continues to try to add value to its members.  I know I’m prejudiced, but I think there is something unique and pretty special about ICHRIE and the members who give of their time and energy on behalf of the organization. And there’s something special to be said about the organizations and schools that employ these ICHRIE members for their willingness to sometimes allow ICHRIE business to take priority over their “real” jobs.

In discussions with ICHRIE members throughout the year, we often hear comments from quite a few people who are willing to help in any way we need. Whenever we put out a call to serve asking ICHRIE members to let us know which committees they would like to work—I mean serve—on in the next couple of years, it’s truly amazing how many of you let us know of your willingness!

Of the people who respond to our call to serve, there are always a number of people who have never served before and a number of newer members who respond as well. It’s always encouraging to see such a great response and there’s a lot to be learned from our long-time volunteers. We have many ICHRIE members who work (some for decades) on an ICHRIE committee and these long-serving volunteers can teach new committee members an enormous amount about the work we try to accomplish on behalf of our overall membership.  Serving on a committee is also an excellent way to learn about the organization! Each committee member contributes valuable time, sometimes boundless energy and vitally-needed new ideas and talents to ICHRIE when you work on a committee. If you are interested in serving on the ICHRIE board or on a committee, please let our current President, Jeff Beck (beck@broad.msu.edu), know! You can see the list of committee choices by visiting the ICHRIE website at https://www.chrie.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3341.

I’d like to take the time to thank both groups of committee volunteers—those who continue year after year to work for the organization and its goals and those who have recently signed up. Volunteering your time and talents can reap rewards you never anticipated and help connect you with other members and industry giants. The work you do is truly needed and important. The staff of International CHRIE depends upon the efforts of our dedicated members who serve on our committees and boards.

I often remark that we could never accomplish all we do without the work of our volunteers. That’s not a statement made just to make people feel good about their contributions, it’s the absolute truth! For all who contribute to the organization and who have answered the call to serve, you’re due much appreciation and all the recognition that selfless service brings.

The staff and the ICHRIE Board of Directors are committed to making ICHRIE the best it can be. Those serving on the ICHRIE Board of Directors are well aware of how much work is involved in their volunteer positions, but I cannot help but believe that our progress and success rates will increase exponentially if all involved have a “glass half full” mindset. It will, no doubt, be interesting. I’ll keep you posted on water levels.

Email Kathy

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