Saturday, January 24, 2015

Insight - Volunteering isn't just for children anymore

Last Thursday night I was voted in as a new board member of the Sebago Lake Chamber of Commerce. When I was asked to consider the position, I didn’t know what to think. I’d never been asked to be involved in an organization that didn’t begin and end with my children. (I’m not thinking about the Maine Romance Writers organization which I’m president of.) 
I was honored and excited to have a new opportunity and accepted the nomination. At the awards dinner in Gray, I was called to the front of the room with the five other new board members and the new officers and we were all voted in. As I started back toward my seat I realized that I was a grown up. (I know, I’ve been a grown up for a long time) This was different. I was a part of something that wasn’t kid centered. When I go to meetings, they want to hear about my business and not about my children. When we plan programs it will be to improve businesses in the areas we serve. 

I will be working with people I have never had the pleasure of collaborating with. These people know about running businesses, working as a team and corporate culture, something I’ve only scratched the surface of in the last two years. 

As a writer, I do a lot alone. Interacting with people is something I do during interviews, but I had never been involved with the business of hiring and letting someone go, pay checks and quality control until The Windham Eagle. 

I’m so excited for the opportunity to learn new skills and new information in my new role.  Business world look out! It’s going to be one heck of a year.

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