Meet Dede Walsh, CMP, CTS, National Account Manager with Projection Presentation Technology (PPT) and volunteer for not one, but two professional associations (not to mention several ministries!). Dede's job puts her in direct contact with numerous associations, which is why once she became a member of the PPT team in 2006, she quickly joined the membership ranks. And why she dove into volunteering just a year later.
Among Mariner's unifying principals is a dedication to volunteering and to volunteers. In fact our basic bsuiness model is designed around the goal of supporting volunteers in their roles as chapter and community leaders. As part of our dedication, we host the Association Volunteers Facebook page and collect the stories of association volunteers in an effort to share their dedication and spread the word
We wanted to hear how some of our past association volunteer interviewees were doing, so we asked them! Here’s a snippet of they told us…
Our next interview is with Sonia Linebaugh, long-time member and volunteer with the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA). As a writer, editor, writing coach and artist, Sonia finds the creative atmosphere of MWA has been a boon to her career, providing her with the motivation and creative outlet she needs to be successful.
Recently, we sat down with Linda Semmel, administrative secretary for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and active volunteer for the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) since 2002.
Our series continues with another leader from American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Patricia Adams, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator for the Gutman Diabetes Institute, Einstein Medical Center has been a diabetes educator and a member of AADE for nine years. What’s the greatest benefit of her involvement with AADE? Pat says it's...
My interaction with other educators. I will always tell you that I have learned more from meeting with other educators than I have from reading any textbook.
Peggy challenges us all in her post Meme Time! How are you going to change the world in 2012? to post our goals for the coming year. For me it means continuing our project Association Volunteers! where we shine the spotlight on those people who give their time and talent to their professional associations. The project was launched in 2010 with the Association Volunteers! Facebook fan page where fans can share stories, find inspiration, and give thanks to those that have made a difference.
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.
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