Where do I actually begin with how far Sigma Phi Omega has come over the past few years? Well…the slogan, “You’ve come a long way baby,” stands out! SPO has accomplished so much! We moved away from checks and into online payments (THAT was an accomplishment that involved almost everyone on the board at some point!). We have moved into an International Organization, and have a super new updated Website that is continuously evolving! We are moving to a new organizational association with Southern Gerontological Society, and now we are revamping our pins, cords, and medals! Our next goal is a longer time frame for membership purchases so you are not having to pay annually!
All of these ideas and options take time and tons of work behind the scenes which include numerous phone calls, lots of emails and Facebook messages, and meetings at annual conferences. Just in case you did not know, all of the board members do this as volunteer work. In other words, there is no paycheck attached to all of the great work that is done….
So as I move from “Past-President” to “off the Board Past-President” I want to encourage you to take my place! I began working with the Board back in 2007, when I interned at AGHE in D. C. After that, I came on as a Student Representative and a mere 11 years later have moved through numerous Board positions, (including a Chapter Advisor at one point) and thus have been able to participate in the numerous changes! I feel as if we have accomplished so much, yet there is so much more that we can do! Consider donating your time to our terrific organization!
Also…consider continuing to renew your annual membership, continue supporting your local chapter, and make suggestions on how we can improve! Recently I had the opportunity to speak with some SPO members who wanted to know if they could form an “alumni” chapter as their local chapter was no longer at the university. You know what? That is an awesome idea…and we are considering it as a “professional chapter/alumni chapter” option!
If you have a local chapter continue to be involved…The students need you as a professional to help them reach their goals!
Give of your time…give of yourself.
Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!