I heard someone tell recently of being set up on a date by a friend. She accepted the invitation and the mystery man took her to a fine restaurant, dinner, drinks, and dessert. Then, as he was tending to the last remaining crumb of turtle cheesecake and chasing it with a sip of coffee, he excused himself to the men’s room. When he hadn’t returned for nearly 20 minutes, she grew concerned. She asked the waiter to go to the men’s room to make sure he wasn’t ill or hurt or worse. The waiter returned to inform her that there was no one in the men’s room, and her concern turned to rage. She was left with a $200 dinner tab and no ride home.
As unfortunate as this story is, I would imagine that similar situations happen with groups ranging from Cub Scout Packs to PTAs. Having been involved with other organizations and seeing the messes left for the incoming president, I feel fortunate to be assuming the responsibility of ASTD-Lincoln President. I’m not being stuck with a $200 dinner bill or left alone to sink or swim. Our chapter is on pretty solid ground.
We survived the downturn in the economy and have bounced back, thanks to the efforts of our leaders and membership. The quality of our programs and workshops is unmatched, and 2012 looks to be even more exciting. We have a strong working relationship with ASTD Nebraska. Our board of directors is a passionate, creative, and hardworking group of professionals.
During my year as president, I would like to see our chapter build a stronger connection to the business leaders in our community. I would like to grow our membership and our members’ connection to ASTD- National. And I would like to give our members the opportunity to showcase and be acknowledged for their professional achievements.
My two major goals for 2012 are to establish an executive advisory board with business leaders from the Lincoln area. This group of executives would help us identify issues that our chapter could address with our events and programs, and help us find ways to better serve the local community in the area of workplace learning and performance. Also, I would like to revive and revamp the Community Impact and Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) Champion awards. As the WLP authority in Lincoln, we must acknowledge the work individuals and organizations are accomplishing in the area of employee learning.
I turn to you now to step up and make these things happen. Feel free to contact me, or any board member, to find out how you can become more involved in one of the strongest ASTD chapters in the country.