By Debbie Gleason, FASPR, ASPR President, Physician Development Administrator, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Have you met any of the current or past ASPR Board of Directors? How about committee co-chairs or members? If not, I suggest you get to know them! I am constantly amazed at how they squeeze in time for their ASPR duties in the midst of demands for time from their careers, families and often their education.
You know the old adage, "If you want something done, look for the busiest people to do it.” (If you thought I was going to say, ‘do it yourself’ - then you’re probably one of the busy ones!) Things are no different in the world of volunteer associations. Our busy volunteers seem to know how to ‘make it happen.’ In the case of our ASPR leaders and volunteers both today and historically, it is amazing how diversely skilled, knowledgeable and gifted they are. What a treasure of knowledge, resources, friends, colleagues and philanthropy. Yes ... philanthropy. When you think of gifting, how can you not recall those that give the gift of themselves and their precious time? It is those of you who have made sharing with ASPR colleagues a priority that have perpetuated the best of this organization for the past 24 years!
I’m so grateful for the opportunity I’ve been provided to meet and learn from so many. I truly hope that you, as members, take advantage of your awesome colleagues by joining with them in the work of advancing in-house recruitment and onboarding. Just as teachers inevitably learn as much or more than their students during their preparation, our ASPR volunteers learn and develop themselves and their careers as they take part in sharing their time and talent. I’ve found that the more you learn, the more you want to learn. Similarly, the more you give, the more you want to give and the more you identify with and value your colleagues.
As a volunteer led organization, strategic planning is a critical priority for both the board of directors and the entire leadership team. We regularly review and assess our mission, vision, values and goals to ensure that our members continue to value being part of our organization. We work hard to provide the organization with a strong and forward-thinking strategic plan that reflects the needs of our membership in the context of our dynamic industry. Take a moment to review, in this issue, how ASPR works for you (see page 15). Remember however, the real work happens on our volunteer committees. What a wonderful ride! Join us!