Thank You

As I write, excitement, anticipation, stress, apprehension cloud my thoughts -- excitement on a new year unfolding for the Gulf Coast Section; anticipation for what this year might bring; stress to finish the 3-Year Plan before August 1st; apprehension because of the incredible GCS leaders that have come before me.

But most of all I’m thankful. Thankful for those of you spending countless hours keeping the GCS focused on its Mission. It’s overwhelming to total the volunteer efforts required for a 14K member, $2M budget organization with multiple study groups, sporting events, workshops, conferences, community service activities, educational initiatives, and general section organization. We have our bumps, but no matter what the challenges, GCS volunteers make it happen.

We can’t do it without the support of our employers. Along with volunteers, our employers have given use of facilities, donations, and supplies to assist events. Thank you for your continued support.

Although there are many volunteers, we can always use more. If you have thought about becoming a Section volunteer, and are flexible, we have a place for you. If your definition of “volunteer” is working with the Red Cross, supporting educational initiatives, staffing a booth at a scouting fair, or other community service activities, we have a place for you. If “volunteer” means working with a committee or study group, we will find a place for you. If you have energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to give back to the community and your profession, we will find a place for you. The first step is to contact Membership Chair, Claude Thorp whose information is inside the front cover of this newsletter.

One way to learn more about volunteering is to attend the upcoming Gulf Coast Section Kick-Off Meeting on August 21st from 1-4 pm at the Hilton Houston Westchase Hotel. This meeting is open to any member of the GCS, but be sure to sign up. The agenda includes a “State of the Section” report along with break-out sessions on operations, treasury and an orientation for new volunteers. More detailed information can be found in this newsletter as well as on the website.

Now do me a favor. When you attend a Gulf Coast Section event this year, tell the volunteers “Thank You” – they’ve earned it!

Until next month…

Jane Moring