A note from IMCA Board Chair, Anna Hargis:
The leaves are falling and we are having an unseasonably warm fall here in Missouri as I write this message for our member newsletter. It is my first message as chair of the IMCA board of directors and I thought I would take a stab at answering a question someone asked me recently. The question was, "Why do you volunteer for IMCA?"
The simple answer is that I have received much more from this organization than I have given. I have been a member of IMCA for 16 years and during that time I have found vendors that help my company with vital services, enjoyed countless presentations from experts in my field and made some very good friends. I consider that a huge return on investment.
I joined the IMCA board several years ago and learned that without a strong leadership team, IMCA will not continue to thrive and grow. I have learned so much about leadership and our industry through the exceptional people who share their time and talent with our organization, especially those who led the board before me. In order for IMCA to continue to be a valuable resource for all of us, we need more members to get actively involved with our association.
The good news is that it's not a difficult task. A small investment of your time and talent will reap many benefits for you as well. Maybe like me, you will find a vendor or resource that makes your work life easier. I started as a volunteer on the Speaker Committee, which gave me direct access and introductions to some extraordinary presenters and industry “stars” through the years. I have led a team that has earned multiple Showcase Awards. Lastly, one of the greatest pleasures for me attending our Annual Conference is catching up personally and professionally with friends over a good meal.
Answering the question "why" for each of us individually can be relatively easy. The IMCA board is taking on the task of asking "why" for our overall organization this year via our inaugural member survey. What is our main purpose for the foreseeable future? What can we do to improve the value of the association for our members? Why do we do what we do? We will work on this together in the coming months and keep you posted on ways we will enhance your member value.
I hope you will consider getting more involved with our organization. Together, we can do some incredible things, so think about what you have to offer. Who knows – perhaps someday you will be writing your first newsletter article as board chair as the leaves fall in your neighborhood on a gorgeous autumn day!