April is here, DST has arrived and announcements about the conference
are out. Spring has truly arrived.
This is a wonderful time of the year. Everything seems fresh and
clean. New flowers arrive; the trees are starting to bud and the sunny,
warm weather is trying to make a breakthrough through the cool, grey
skies. Change is everywhere.
With that sunny start, I would like to say welcome to new members of
the exec and advisory boards.
- Claire Lysnes is our new Membership chair
- Nathan Loeppky is our new Archivist
- Evan Vella is our new Vendor Relations coordinator
- Sandra Stephenson and Jenn Reid are our new Registrators
- Von Totanes is our new discussion list manager
- Laura Anderson is our new survey coordinator
The email addresses for each of the new volunteers are listed on our
website under ‘About Us’: href="http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/executive.asp">http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/executive.asp and http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/advisory.asp
Thanks to all who volunteered and thanks to the volunteers who have
left. Your experience and knowledge has been an assist to the chapter;
however, having new volunteers helps to keep our chapter vibrant and
alive. Think about taking a turn at volunteering if you have not
already. Please contact our President Elect – Daniel Lee, if you are
At the end of January, Daniel Lee, Joy Shanfield and I represented
our chapter by attending the Leadership Summit in Reno, Nevada. It was a
great conference with over 200 leaders in attendance from all over the
world. We attended sessions on such things as how to run effective
meetings and how to communicate by learning how to write an elevator
speech. I was inspired by our two keynote speakers: on Thursday morning
Chip Heath presented “Made to Stick: The Six Hooks of Successful Ideas
“; and on Friday, Key Haycock gave a speech titled “Leadership and You:
Tackling the Dragon “. At Thursday lunch we networked and practiced our
elevator speeches with our tablemates. On Friday we were introduced to
our new AMS system which should be unveiled in the summer 2007. I
relaxed, met and had discussions with other chapter leaders. It was a
very full-filling 2 days and I filled up three pages with ideas for
myself and the chapter.
After the summit there was training for each of the executive board
positions. I attended the training for the Presidents and
Presidents-Elect. Linda Broussard and Anne Caputo gave the presentation
and it was useful and insightful with a handout at the end. So if you
are thinking of volunteering down the road for a leadership position
there is lots of assistance and resources available.
Just to remind everyone the board meets once a month – usually the
first Wednesday of the month and the location is posted on our website
along with the previous month’s minutes href="http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/meetings.asp">http://units.sla.org/chapter/ctor/about/meetings.asp.
Keep a watch out for the events page because Sandra Craig our events
coordinator and the other programmers have been busying working on
planning interesting meetings and webinars for us. I hope that I get a
chance to meet some of you at our upcoming events.
June is also fast approaching so don’t forget to read up on our
upcoming conference in Denver href="http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2007/index.cfm">http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2007/index.cfm.
Hope that you can all attend as it looks like one of our best.
All the best and enjoy your spring,
Pam Casey, CTT+