From the President
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
Run for office, why don’t you! That is, run for “League” office.
Actually, serving on the League Board of Directors doesn’t require any “running.” All it takes is expressing an interest in serving as a community leader by taking part in promoting democracy with the League of Women Voters.
It’s February and time for the Nominating Committee to initiate its annual mission of encouraging League members to take their membership to the next level. In hopes of encouraging some of our members to come forward as new League Leaders, I wanted to share with you what Board service has done for me.
Serving as a member of the Board of Directors provided me with the opportunity to be more than “just a member.” I’m able to take part in making critical decisions that pave the way for the League’s success in educating and encouraging citizens. The League has an impact year after year in the number of citizens that take part in the democratic process. So many people choose not to take part because they feel they just don’t know enough. The League is able to provide them with the education that brings them to the polls and makes them a confident political participant. Sure, paying my yearly dues provides essential financial assistance to the League, but serving on the Board is a fantastic way to feel like I have a greater role in the societal impact that the League has.
Serving on the Board also improves my leadership skills. Through Board service, I’m able to learn how best to lead a diverse group of members, how best to engage a diverse group of members, and how best to keep our League moving in the right direction. Note: Having experience serving on the Board of Directors can also be a great resume builder.
The biggest reward for me in serving on the Board has been the personal satisfaction in knowing that I’m taking an active role in guiding our League into its next century. The League of Women Voters is a historical organization, and when I look at the list of members that appeared on League Board rosters in 1920, I’m humbled knowing that my name will forever be etched into League history as well.
I hope that you will consider serving a term on the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus. If you are interested, PLEASE do not hesitate to let Elizabeth know. She will be sure to pass your name onto the Nominating Committee. Elizabeth can be reached at (614) 837-1089 or email@example.com.