for the volunteer leadership
September 1998, Vol. 10, No. 8
In This Issue
While visiting with the membership at district meetings recently, the conversations usually turned to the governance study. In discussing the study "off the record," several members have asked what it is, what relevance it has, whether or not it detracts from what we are really supposed to be doing, and whether we'll net any worthwhile results. I had many of these same concerns in the beginning.
Affiliate Support and Technology
Looking for some extra college credits or continuing education hours? NAPM's online courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your learning at your convenience. While students are expected to complete coursework and are required to participate in online course forums a specific number of times each week, there is no required time for the class to meet. You can access the online courses from work or home, wherever you have a computer, a modem, and online access. College credit courses run for 10 weeks and students receive three college credits upon completion. Non-credit courses run for four weeks and students receive 14 continuing education hours.
NAPM has been working to establish Executive Forums across the country. The Forums are organized in specific areas of the country where the populations of targeted companies reside. They are not centered around a specific affiliate or district but are clustered where the greatest impact can be achieved.
C.P.M. and A.P.P. News
By now your affiliate Pro-D chair should have received a packet of annual reports from the certification department. The packet contained the following four reports:
Volunteer Appreciation and Management
Recognition for work well done can motivate and inspire volunteers. Even the most humble volunteer wants to know that he or she has made a difference. To ensure that you recognize all types of volunteers, use both formal and informal types of recognition. Individual personalities play a key role in determining the types of awards that are meaningful. What type of recognition is appropriate for your affiliate? What creative ideas can you implement? Let us explore the different ways to recognize outstanding volunteers in your affiliate.
Everywhere we turn these days we hear or read about the concept of "adding value" to things or processes. The thought process argues that every activity ought to be considered in terms of the value it adds. Will this activity add value to me, in my situation? Will it add value to others around me, in our situation? Although these questions are profound, the more important issues include: What is valuable, what do we measure, and whose values do we use to measure the situation? I want to suggest that, as a professional, value ought to mean that an activity enhances our understanding of the common body of knowledge or that it helps us expand our contribution to our organization. In reality, we recognize that most of us measure value in terms of cost. What does the activity cost in terms of money, or time, or both?
Make plans to attend the following events in Phoenix, Arizona, at The Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs: