Monday, April 21, 2014

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the WSPTA Convention

  • It helps you connect with a broader community. This is especially important this time of year when you can feel all alone and up to your eyeballs in "stuff" you don't feel like you can handle. 
  • Make contacts you can call on during the year.  It is great to have a support group of people with similar interests and challenges that want to see you succeed. 
  • You see you're not the only one CRAZY ENOUGH to love your volunteer work and want to make a difference through your organization. 
  • You can use this opportunity to give back.  This is not just about what you have to get, but what you have to give.  Your insight and experience may make all the difference to someone new. 
  • Interaction with other volunteers outside your organization helps you expand your interpersonal skills and comfort levels. 
  • Learn new ways to do things.  Get access to information on the latest trends, best practices, useful tools and more.  Quit re-inventing the wheel! 
  • Learn new things to do.  Discover resources you can use throughout the year (management information, fundraising ideas, great ideas from other groups like yours and more!). 
  • Influence the direction the organization is going.  Your parent organization relies on input from its members to stay relevant. 
  • Re-connect with your purpose.  This helps you see the big picture of WHY you do what you do, the role you can play, and what that role can look like. 
  • Set goals.  Work with other board members to get a clear vision of where you want your organization to go and how you are going to get there. Think of this as, perhaps, a mini retreat for those attending from your local unit.