Ever think about joining a MEDA committee or running for the Board? And your next thought is probably “What am I thinking? Stop me before I volunteer again!” That’s normal. Everybody has plenty of work to do already. But I’d recommend doing it anyway. There is a lot to be gained on a personal level as well as for the good of the organization.
I’m about to rotate off of 6 years on the MEDA Board of Directors, and I have no clue how many years on the Education Committee.
What did that time mean to me?
- Working with people from all over the state, which was a real education in different perspectives and issues.
- Broadening my network of professional contacts
- Educating our membership on my organization’s economic development efforts
- Influencing the direction of a statewide organization
- Working with some amazingly talented people
What is really unique about volunteering for MEDA is the professional support and attention to detail. John & Cassandra do the overwhelming majority of the legwork when the meeting is over. You will not walk out of a MEDA Committee or Board meeting with a bigger laundry list of work to do! Can’t beat that!
Some of you may be thinking, if it’s so great, why is she rotating off the Board? A fair question! Organizations need fresh blood – new ideas, new thinking. So, if you are at all interested, my advice is “Go for it!”
Authored by: Peggy Black, Principal Account Manager, DTE Energy. Peggy Black spent six years on MEDA’s Board of Directors and two of those years as President.