BY RANDYE KAYE
when you say
‘yes’ to your
WHAT? ME, PRESIDENT?
1. YOU’LL DISCOVER
AS YOU RISE TO THE
OCCASION. Funny thing:
When you have to do
something, you find a way
to get it done. In challenging
myself to grow the chapter
and increase the sense of
community, I found the “yes
we can” in me and my board.
Full disclosure: I did not ask for the job of chapter president of NSA-Connecticut. I hadn’t served on the board in years when I was asked to serve as president-elect in the fall of 2016. But I
said yes in order to be of service. And I’m so glad I did. The chapter
had once been a huge inspiration to me, and I wanted to pass on the
gift to others.
Maybe you’re considering the same decision, but you’re just not sure
you want the responsibility. I get it, believe me. But I promise you it will
be worth it—and you’ll find buried treasure in yourself and others.
A quick look at the downside, and then onto the fun stuff and a few
What’s hard? Serving as president takes time—and focus—away from
your career. Every chapter has its own responsibility flow, but it’s you at
the helm. In our small chapter, there was a lot to do: coordinate meetings,
set up some new systems, grow the membership. It’s a lot.
Every month, in the days leading up to a chapter event or meeting,
I’d ask myself why I ever said yes.
But every month, after the event, I was left with the glow of accomplishment that made it all worth it. Look what we helped create! Look at
the experience we gave to others! This role truly is about service, yes—but
there is tremendous personal benefit too.
Here are five gifts you get when you say yes to serving as an NSA