I would like to take a moment to thank the 90+ volunteers who have already signed up to help in nearly 40 different committee and volunteer positions this year. Check out the official DC/SLA committee page on the chapter site to see who's doing what.
An active and diverse group of volunteers is critical to our success as we move into the second century of SLA and strive towards our vision of being "the recognized model of excellence as it prepares knowledge leaders for the future." Volunteering in DC/SLA provides you with a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the area and gives you a chance to develop or improve upon skills that can also be used in your career.
Care to join us on this journey? Please review the list of DC/SLA volunteer opportunities at this site: http://signupgenius.com/go/
In particular, we need help with our dine-arounds. Last year, we had a record-setting 22 dine-arounds all over our region with between 4-24 people at each location. Chris Vestal, our Dine-around Coordinator in 2009, has agreed to manage our Chapter Notes newsletter (and is doing a terrific job) so we need to find someone who can take over for what he did last year. The Dine-Around Coordinator advertises for dine-around hosts and coordinate the dates with the chapter’s master calendar. A Dine-Around Host (which we also need) chooses a dinner location and manages the reservation for that location. If you love to talk and eat (not necessarily at the same time) please consider helping us!
Our biggest and newest committee is the January 2011 SLA Leadership Summit local host committee! SLA has announced that the DC Chapter will play host to this winter leadership training meeting – the first time in nearly 12 years. This also falls less than two years since the SLA Annual Conference was here in DC so we have lots of experience hosting but will need lots of hands to make this happen. If you would like to help or lead this effort, we need help with finding sponsors, planning the receptions, updating the local host wiki, planning dine-arounds, and so much more!If you have any questions about any of the chapter activities listed on the volunteer site, please feel free to contact me.
-- James King, James.King@nih.gov