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Take Ownership of Your AITP Membership! Get Involved!

Monday, June 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Vicki Hampton, Association Director

AITP - 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 national level?

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.

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