By Scott Manning, FASPR, ASPR President
As a new year begins, I complete my first year of service as ASPR President and begin the next in a two-year term. The New Year brings a time for reflection for many of us when we examine our lives and recognize those individuals who make a difference, whether it be personal or professional. I am very fortunate to work with an amazing group of people in ASPR, an organization of individuals who are dedicated to what they do. Many of our colleagues are able to find time in their busy days to volunteer for ASPR and “give back” to their profession. I would like to take a moment and recognize the Volunteer Leadership Team of ASPR. These individuals make ASPR what it is today and what it will become in the future. They are the backbone of the organization and I am honored to work with them. My personal thanks go out to the ASPR Executive Director, Jennifer Metivier, the ASPR Board of Directors, committee co-chairs and all ASPR members who volunteer to serve on a committee. Without all your hard work ASPR would not be possible. Thank you all!
You probably have seen a call for volunteers many times in this publication. It may seem difficult for some members to see themselves taking this step. “How will I find the time?” “What do I have to offer?” “Can I really add value?” These are common questions that I hear from members who are interested but have a hard time actually stepping forward. I assure you, it is worth your time, and each of us has something unique to offer. I believe you always get more out of volunteering than you give; it is truly a win-win situation. The group of colleagues I consider friends and the networks I can access across the country when I need information are direct results of becoming involved. Volunteering has increased the value of my ASPR membership exponentially. I hope each of you will consider volunteering.
ASPR Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership and serve two-year terms. ASPR holds an election each year for open Board seats. The next election will be held in May to fill open Board positions for Secretary and two Board Member at Large positions. These new leaders will assume their roles in August at the annual ASPR Conference. A call for nominations will go out approximately 30 days prior to the election.
Committee co-chairs are appointed by the Board of Directors. Each Committee has two Co-Chairs who serve two-year staggered terms to ensure continuity in committee leadership. New Co-Chairs are nominated and usually are active members of the committee. We are always looking for the next leader of a committee. If you have the interest and can find the time to volunteer, speak with your co-chair. Then don’t be surprised if you get recruited! I mean, after all, recruitment is what we do for a living.
I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year! All the best to each of you and your loved ones!