Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Past President's Message

Academic journal article VAHPERD Journal

Past President's Message

Article excerpt

This is my final year in VAHPERD leadership. My first year was 2002. I have learned so many things since then. I realize now how much I was misinformed in my beliefs about this organization. I often question why we did things a certain way or why a particular leader took this or that approach. I did not understand the organization very well, but I did not know that at the time. I was one of the people who make an organization struggle. I was a complainer. What I have found is that most of my complaints were unfounded. It took me eight years to learn that. I hope that you don't take so long.

The first thing you have to remember is that VAHPERD is a volunteer organization. Yes there are a few people who get paid a small amount, but it is very little in comparison with the work that they do. The majority of the people who do the work of the organization are volunteers. They have other jobs, commitments, families, and a life. They offer service to the organization out of the goodness of their heart. They get to do a lot of work and hear a lot of complaints for little personal benefit. They do it because they believe in our profession. Service is a part of being a professional. I learned that early in my career and I know that it is the truth regardless of others opinions. Thanks Bev Johnson. I have never forgotten.

I think we forget the fact that people working for VAHPERD are volunteering their time to serve others. I think we complain too much and rarely take time to thank them. …

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