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The Smartest Thing I Ever Did as a Chapter Leader Is...
- Use the CEO of our chapter as a mentor
- Go with the executive director to a planning/collaborating workshop
- Nothing yet
- Persist with advocacy at the state and federal level
- Begin planning for next year the year ahead, it is already going too quickly – ask all the board members to commit to participate in one of our four priority areas – get on a commission ahead of my presidency so I know a bit of what the larger national scene is – ask Terry (our chapter executive) for counsel!
- Took three doctors for a day at our state legislative sessions – really get to know the state leaders
- Prevent micromanagement with daily operations
- Be treasurer first – rely on staff and commissions to push forward agenda – stay in front but not out of sight
- Attend ALF
- Worked collaboratively with the president, president-elect and vice president (when I became VP) and planned 3-5 year strategic and implementation plan – working with my president-elect and vice president to continue efforts so we have a coordinated, progressive effort over five years
- Go to annual meetings of surrounding states’ chapters
- Keep close record of little details of how meetings ran and help make a “protocol” for the chapter executive for future meetings
- Participate in helping politicians and supporting them
- Keep in touch weekly with the staff at IAFP
- Share responsibility
- Go to a meeting for chapter executives and presidents
- Start “reach out” meetings (live video conference of practical topics, CME throughout the state) – involve the vice president, president-elect, president in having a similar strategic plan instead of each having a different agenda during their year as president
- Use rules to sort email – be myself