Message from VP Membership – July 2018
Watching another year go screaming by, I stop to reflect on what grounds me. What makes our world go round, day after day? With limited time between work, family, and friends, why do I choose to volunteer? For me, it ties to my core values.
In my personal life, I am drawn to close, meaningful relationships, stable and logical decision making, and quiet down time. In the professional arena, it's important that I find meaning in my work, be given autonomy, and that my leaders show trust in me. While I typically tend to keep my work life and personal life separate, as a volunteer leader of this chapter, I find that my personal and professional collide in a unique way. Working a second, unpaid job that’s time consuming will do that to you!
Why do I volunteer? This is a two part answer that has changed over time. Initially building leadership skills I wasn't getting in my day job. I continued volunteering, and sought out a higher level of responsibility, because this work hit me square in my values, crossing both personal and professional boundaries.
I've made close relationships with volunteers and members alike. The autonomy I was seeking at work has been fulfilled by the freedom given to me in my role as VP Membership with the support of the elected board members. Purpose is found in the changes that will lead us into the future for NCPMI.
Have you considered volunteering? If you haven't, why? I have found that volunteering has enriched my life in ways I never could have imagined. I came for the PDUs, but I stayed for the personal growth.