When I accepted the nomination for President Elect for this association, I felt a lot of things – first I felt excitement, then apprehension, then fear. After the elections were over, and even though I ran unopposed, I felt these same feelings all over again. But it was thanks to the encouragement of my fellow NALS members that I was sure I wouldn’t have to worry about failing. Just simply rising to the challenge would be accomplishment enough.
I often find myself worrying if I’m doing enough for our association, if I’m reaching the members in a way that provides value or leadership, and I even doubt at times whether I was the right person for the job. But at the end of the day, after I’ve conducted a board or general meeting, after I’ve delivered a box of school supplies which our association helped purchase for kids in need, or after I collapse from fatigue after a golf tournament which helped to raise thousands of dollars for a local charity and for our scholarship program, I have learned to let it be. The sum of our parts are greater than our whole, and the parts of our whole association are great. As long as I maintain my focus on this truth, then my own individual contributions then amount to much more in the grander scheme.
For those of us who have been attending our monthly meetings and have seen and met some new faces, this won’t be news to you; but for those of our members who have been unable to attend meetings or only get their NTSA news from email, The LegaLetter or our website, this will be news to you ... We have two “new” board members!!
I’d like to extend a warm and thankful welcome to Wendy Carpenter and Thelma Gonzales, PLS, who have agreed to rise to a challenge and join NTSA’s board of officers.
Thelma Gonzales has been a long time member of NALS of Tucson & So. AZ and has agreed to fill the position of Treasurer in the departure of Dale Lauer. We miss Dale’s humor on our board already, but we welcome Thelma to the ranks overseeing our association’s finances. Having already proven her accounting prowess handling funds for both our golf tournaments, we know we’ve got the right gal to fill the shoes for the job. Thanks Thelma!
And last, but certainly not least, Wendy Carpenter has agreed to change hats from her previous elected position as Secretary and fill the shoes of President Elect, following in my footsteps as our President for next year. I know that Wendy will more than rise to the challenge. Welcome and thank you to Wendy!
This brings me to my “speech” for the month --about rising to meet challenges presented to you.
The time is fast coming upon us to begin thinking about nominations for next year’s leadership. If you’ve been a leader before, why don’t you consider rejoining the ranks? Your experience is invaluable and necessary for the continuing success of our chapter. And if you’ve never served in a leadership position, why not think about doing so in the near future? NALS is always looking for new ways to serve its members and legal professionals, and a new breath will keep our programs and network alive. I’m simply asking for you to take a moment and consider serving either as an elected leader or as a chairperson or member of a committee. Without the sum of our parts, how else will we see another 50 years of success as a chapter?
Leadership in NALS translates to leadership in the workplace. And I guarantee you, each and every one of our members has the tools and skills to do the job. Won’t you consider it?
If you have questions or would like to consider taking on a challenge, feel free to contact me or another board member. We’d be happy to help you. ♦