NAMA leader's message. (National NAMA News).
The role of the Chapter Services committee is to reinforce that value and assist in the development and growth of the organization. This year's Chapter Services Committee, headed by Ann McDonald, has four focuses.
1. Redesign the leader training workshops and schedule them to provide timely, accessible training to chapter leaders. This includes an expanded Chapter President's Workshop (held every year at the Agri-Marketing Conference) and regionalized training for chapter leaders conducted in late May and early June. This year three regions (Regions 2, 3 and 4) held training workshops over the summer to outline goals and brainstorm ideas for the coming year.
2. Extend the formal leader training by providing information through the NAMA Web site and e-mail. Encourage interaction between chapter presidents and foster a team approach to chapter leadership. The first issue of Leader Links went out October 1. This electronic newsletter provides crucial leadership information as well as tips and deadline reminders. The Web site is continually updated and is an important tool for leaders.
3. Further develop the concept of a "virtual chapter" on the Internet which will allow remote members to stay connected with the chapter and other members. Continue to work with chapters to develop their Web sites and make them a resource for chapter members. Currently 10 chapters have Web sites linked to the main NAMA site. The national office has assisted in the development of several of these sites, although all are maintained by local chapter leaders.
4. The fourth goal is to encourage the development of new chapters. The Desert Southwest Chapter is a new chapter that includes the states of New Mexico and Arizona. In addition, the San Joaquin Valley Chapter has changed its name to Central California NAMA and moved its focus to Tulare, Calif.
Chapters are the backbone of NAMA and our focus has always been on making sure these leaders have what they need to build strong chapters. In addition to the activities of the Chapter Services Committee, the national office supplies materials and resources to leaders. To supplement training, printed materials are distributed to leaders as they are appointed. These materials include job descriptions, tips and reminders.
As always, members of the Executive Committee and national staff are available to answer questions and attend planning meetings. Leaders just have to ask.
There's never been a better time to become a leader, so find out how at your next chapter meeting.