- Local chapter involvement? Regional board? Association Board of Directors?
Take ownership of your AITP membership!
I got an email last year from a
friend (AITP) whose job was to solicit nominations for the Association Board of
Directors (ABoD). Having just retired, I thought --- oh NO - not me -- why
would I want to get more involved at this time? My involvement with AITP has
always been as an advisor for the student chapter at Eastern Illinois
University. What could I possibly have to give to this organization at the
I ran the scenarios - 1. retire, kick up my heels, no involvement with AITP or
with the students (yes - my passion)! 2. retire, stay involved with AITP at the
local level 3. retire, stay involved with AITP, run for ABoD, be able to stay
actively involved with the student groups and NCC
Scenario number 3 won! There is so much going on at the national level - more
so that I thought possible. Yes - there are days when I check my sanity (don't
we all!), but I really feel that a person must stay involved -- actively
involved -- to have ownership.
Make a choice - get involved at whatever level makes you happy - but get
involved. Help your local chapter, help your region, help at the national
level, be the person who makes a difference.