I want to begin my message this month by announcing two changes on the WWE Board. First, the board has created a Hospitality Committee, which will be chaired by Shannon McMahan. Shannon leaves her co-chair position on Membership to build a committee that will provide greeters at breakfasts, dinners and other events; welcome guests; provide guest name tags; take attendance; and reach out to members. If you'd like to join this new committee, Shannon
would love to hear from you.
Second, after doing a terrific job during the first half of the year, Laura Contreras has decided to step down from her board position as chair of the Program Committee. If you are interested in serving on the committee or even chairing it, please contact Jane Kuzma, who is temporarily leading the committee, or me.
As each year winds down, I find myself looking both backward and forward. A highlight of 2014 for me has been the honor of serving as your president. It has turned out to be a challenging job. WWE has seen tremendous growth over the past two years, and with that growth has come growing pains. What do our members want and how can we best provide it?
That is my #1 question, and the reason I initiated the CornerCopia listening sessions twice a month. Why did you join WWE? Is the experience what you expected? If not, why not? Do you want more or fewer opportunities to network? Do you seek a different type of networking? Do you want more or fewer social events? Are we providing the kind of education you need? I know we can’t be all things to all members, but we can do our best to make your membership experience a good one.
Of course, the best way to assure that WWE remains vibrant and vital is to get involved. It is members just like you, serving on the board and on committees, who keep the organization running smoothly. But don’t assume those other people will always do the work; you need to step forward and do your share.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You are the heart of WWE. And it is you who will keep that heart beating. Join a committee. Volunteer. With just a little time, you can make a big difference. I guarantee it.
Happy Holidays! Keep safe, happy, and warm.
Barbara Samuel, 2014-2015 President