Message from the President
Has anyone ever asked you to volunteer for a leadership position? Did you feel a pulling towards that call and did you feel ready? When my opportunity came, I didn’t think I was ready either. June makes the 9th month of being your President with only three more to go. I have found a sense of satisfaction in knowing this was the best voluntary experience in my life by stretching my imagination and building confidence.
We know the most critical element to membership engagement is the human touch. People connecting with people. Members connecting with members. That’s why I believe there is no time like the present to make an impact volunteering. We don’t talk about it often, but one of the enormous values of ASID membership is being with others who share our love and passion for meaningful design. Being a part of the Carolinas Board, I get excited when I see our members at design events connecting with each other. There’s a wonderful energy that comes from sharing design with others in and out of the field, getting different perspectives, bouncing ideas off one another, and developing new collaborations. That energy feeds and revitalizes us and may tell us our experiences aren’t as different as we think.
We have the best volunteers currently serving on the Board and as Committee chair leaders. Our chapter offers many opportunities for such engagement. Many committee roles are coming available such as, Special Awards Committee, Ambassadors/Hospitality Committee, Community Outreach, and many more. Expand your networks by volunteering for a leadership position. Push your thinking farther. Rekindle that sense of belonging. Invite others to lead with you. There are few things more rewarding than sharing design ideas and learning about your profession with others. Leadership development builds power within ourselves and helps build a strong Design Community through making lifelong friends, personal growth, learning new skills, and possibly gaining employment. The Society’s goal is to engage YOU, whatever your career stage and wherever you’re located, it provides opportunities and tools to accomplish your career goals. See the Volunteer List (click here)
Be sure to check out our Carolina’s chapter headliner topics:
· “Members on the Move” an up close and personal interview. This month, read how Dee-Dee Bonds has been volunteering for many years and calls Carolinas Chapter home.
· Register for Celebration Awards Gala in Atlanta, Ga and meet the new ASID Fellow inductees
· Coming soon… Design Carolinas Magazine
As a reminder, explore the local design community events happening all around the region. Each week be on the lookout for events posted on our Facebook and Instagram page as well the Chapter website, visit today by clicking here.
Let’s journey together…
With Warm Regards
Shane Jones, Allied ASID
Carolinas Chapter President 2018/2019