By Jody Weyers, Director of Volunteers, Northeast Wisconsin Chapter
It is 7:21 and I am sitting on the plane from Milwaukee heading to Baltimore for the National Conference on Volunteering & Service. This will be my third year attending this conference. I have been to New York City, Chicago and now Washington D.C.
This conference is made up of the “who’s who” in the volunteer management field and I am excited to be among such amazing people.
When I signed up for the conference, there was literally hundreds of sessions to chose from. As I was choosing my sessions I tried to think “what are my goals and objectives?”
Going into this year, I focused my sessions on three areas:
1. Social Engagement – a field that is ever changing. I look forward to learning some best practices to utilize in communicating with our volunteers, engaging our community and sharing our story.
2. Youth Development – Youth engagement is a focus of the National Red Cross and an area, that we can do a better job at. We want to engage our youth so that they become life long members of the American Red Cross through their volunteer work, as a blood donor and/or financial donor.
3. Personal Development – I am a life long learner and I feel there are always areas that I can continue to work on to better myself.
I will have some down time in between sessions so I hope to get a chance to visit some of the new monuments in D.C., get a tour of the National Red Cross Building and just enjoy being in a new city for a few days!
Look for my reflection tonight after my first day of sessions!!
Signing off……. Jody