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April 2013 President’s Letter – What is the Value of My IABC Membership?

15 Apr 2013, by Kylie Munoz in Be Heard Blog, IABC/SD News

As IABC members we are offered a wealth of valuable resources – professional development events, community forums, industry resources, conferences, and more. Angie_RobertIn my nearly four years as an IABC member, I have utilized almost all of those resources, but the value that stands out the most is the one often not promoted: the personal connections.

The more deeply involved as a volunteer I’ve gotten with the organization; the more I have received in return.  It is the personal connections, enhanced professional network and leadership opportunities from my work with the board that has kept me engaged and paying my membership dues year after year.

The beauty of volunteering through IABC is that there are options to fit every need. Writing a post for our Be Heard San Diego Blog can help introduce you to the local members, and we can all update our member profile here so others can get to know us before we actually meet in person. Volunteering to work registration at an event is a great way to get to know people and familiarize you with the way things work. We also have special event volunteer jobs, like setting up a networking reception or participating in a book drive.  If you are interested in being a part of the board but don’t want a full commitment, we have director-level positions that report into the VP level, but require less time. Our board vice presidents meet once a month and are responsible for a specific area of chapter focus.

There are many of our volunteers who have gotten new jobs from their network of IABC contacts.  And many more who have expanded their local base of industry colleagues by working shoulder-to-shoulder on special projects or committees through IABC.

Our board year will start again in July 2013. If you are interested in throwing your hat in the  ring, we have two spots open – director of sponsorships and director member recruitment. If those positions don’t appeal, we would be happy to talk to you about your interests and desired time commitment, and recommend to you how you can get more out of your IABC membership through volunteering.

I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events:

4/17 – Behind the Scenes: Crisis Communication and Social Media at San Diego International Airport

5/15 – IABC Member Appreciation Mixer (FREE to attend)

Please contact me any time to discuss the value of your membership or available volunteer positions with our chapter. I look forward to connecting with you soon.

 

Best,

Angie Robert
President
IABC/San Diego

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