Volunteers: The Vital Ingredient
Posted June 21, 2018 in Membership
By Larry Kirlin, President
As I approach the end of my second term as CALSPro president, I still get asked what I think of the position. I have to say, it is much easier than I expected. That’s not to say the job is easy. It’s just not as bad as I imagined.
Think about it from my perspective. I watched Steve, Chad, Mike and Cliff run the show for years. I was always astonished by the amount of involvement they had in all of the various committees and operations. How in the world did they manage it all and be effective leaders at their paying jobs too? I was scared half to death that taking over the presidency would give me an ulcer.
What I learned, and my predecessors can confirm, is that CALSPro is not about the President or the achievements that were accomplished during their term. It is not about some special ingredient I added to the soup. It is the collective effort of the volunteers that makes this organization what it is.
Within CALSPro we have three elected officers, 10 board members, committee chairmen and numerous sub-committees and committee members. Think of all of the volunteer man-hours that are spent over the course of a year. If we were to hire staff to replace those volunteers, it would add several hundred dollars to each of the annual membership dues. That’s not even taking into account the value added to our association by the priceless industry experience of our collective group.
Here is what I’m trying to say…
Thank you. Thank you to all of the volunteers that give their precious time to our group so our industry can survive and thrive for another generation. We have accomplished so much together and I am extremely proud to wear the title of President of this wonderful group.