From the President
Kendall Nash, Kendall.Nash@burke.com
Plug in with Your Chapter
If you’ve never taken that next step, or perhaps have disconnected a bit, now is the perfect opportunity to plug in with your local QRCA chapter. Through the recent Membership Survey, it was incredibly evident that those who are actively involved with a chapter get more from their membership. The strong relationships and network built at the chapter level are unparalleled; and the medium of chapter meetings offers a low-risk place to learn, grow, and ask those seemingly absurd questions.
I’ve been lucky to be a part of a thriving chapter here in Cincinnati. The Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky, or OHINKY, as it goes, offers a fun way to learn so much for those of us in this part of the world. I recently had a chance to talk to Kathy Glandorf, one of the co-chairs of the OHINKY chapter, to hear more about her perspective on the value of getting involved at the chapter level. This is actually Kathy’s third time chairing. She served for a year when she first joined, then later on for two years; and she volunteered to help out again a few years ago. So Kathy has really seen a lot during her years as a leader of the chapter.
Kathy Glandorf, OHINKY Chapter Co-chair
What do you believe are the key benefits of getting involved with your local chapter?
Being a co-chair means you are involved. Personally, I like to know what is going on at all times – so being a co-chair means I have the inside scoop on what is going on nationally and with other chapters. To me, the benefits also include a direct connection to all the chapter members. I know when people have questions, and I can offer assistance in answering those questions. I like acting as a liaison and connecting people to solutions. When they hear about new conferences they send me the info so I can pass it along. I am a leader and a connection to everyone in the chapter.
Personally and/or professionally, what have you gotten from your involvement with the chapter?
Wow, so much. Just by being co-chair, I have made personal connections with the chapter members – and also with so many of the national members. At the annual meeting I get to meet other chapter chairs, find out what they are doing and have a direct link to new ideas for meetings and presentations. It is really the networking and personal contact that makes me feel connected to the organization as a whole. If I was not a chapter chair, I would never have been involved with the speaker committee for last year’s conference or the website task force. I think getting involved offers a more enriching experience. When you offer yourself, you get so much more in return. Because I am independent, I do not have a company to back me up. Because of my involvement with QRCA, I do not hesitate to ask another member for advice about a project or for suggestions on how to approach a specific question. We are an awesome group of committed individuals. It is like having an entire company backing you up whenever you need them. QRCA is also a way to connect with people other than clients. I can talk to other people in my profession who will commiserate with me and stand by me; it is a way to be connected to the real world.
What made you decide to serve as a co-chair of your chapter?
Because I always get involved Sometimes I think I have the words ‘ask me’ tattooed on my forehead. Volunteering means getting involved, and that means knowing what is going on and helping to guide and direct the organization. I have always lived by the adage “lead, follow or get out of my way.” Personally I prefer to lead, so here I am. I feel accomplished when I can assist others, and I like to be able to bring knowledge and look for fun and interesting things to present to the chapter.
How do you recommend that someone to get involved with their chapter if they are interested in getting plugged in?
Just raise your hand. Getting involved is easy; it just takes the commitment to stand up and say you will do it. Everyone I have met, from every chapter throughout the organization, has been gracious and welcoming. It does not take anything to get involved except a desire to do it. If someone is concerned about the time commitment or the amount of work involved, generally there are other members who are also involved to share the load; we share the responsibilities and the tasks. It helps bring people together and form relationships and friendships. I now have friends from California to Virginia Beach – isn’t that just the coolest thing?
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