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Cheers for Volunteers

May 13, 2011

I had the opportunity to visit the Acadiana SHRM Chapter this past Wednesday as the speaker for their monthly meeting.  And once again, as is often the case when I attend meetings of membership associations, I was amazed and astonished to watch the volunteers in action.  The same dynamic plays out all over the country and across industries/professions – I’ve witnessed the same thing at ASTD chapter meetings, Sales/Marketing meetings and gatherings/events for non-profit and community organizations.

Volunteers REALLY make it happen.

These are people who give untold extra hours each and every month to make sure that their colleagues, friends and peers are able to enjoy an event.  Oh sure, they volunteer for a reason – maybe to boost their resume, maybe to network, perhaps to repay some bit of the kindness they received in the past.  They may be volunteering for fun or they may be looking to find friends and build relationships.  They may be trying out new skills and stretching their boundaries because they’re looking for a job. They may in fact just be incredibly passionate about the cause or the organization.

But without these heroes (often unsung), so many others would not have the chance to participate in learning opportunities, meet and mingle with colleagues and eat rubber delicious chicken meals.

I’m a SHRM-ie SHRM-ite SHRM-fan SHRM-member of many years and yup, volunteer like crazy to support the profession, the organization and my fellow HR peeps.  And I’ve relied on the support and assistance of many OTHER volunteers to make things happen.  I know it’s awfully hard work tracking RSVP lists, balancing the chapter budget, coordinating speakers and schedules and tracking down swag for donations.


So I send cheers, salutes and fireworks or ALL volunteers.  YOU make it happen!

Got any volunteer heroes you want to recognize?  Hit me up in the comments.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011 9:47 am

    Robin –
    Thank you so much for sharing your time and knowledge with our ASHRM group on Wednesday. With 140 RSVPs to this luncheon it is clear that Social Media/Networking is a topic in which we are all interested. You’ve inspired us to start a Facebook page for our chapter and attempt to breathe some life into our stagnant Linked In group! 🙂
    Thanks again!
    Jill Meaux
    2011 ASHRM President

  2. Robin Schooling permalink*
    May 16, 2011 6:23 am

    Thanks Jill – it was a delight to come to Lafayette!

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