In today’s world it is almost impossible to get consensus on many subjects, but everyone agrees that 2020 has been both challenging and tumultuous. There still are positives and under President Fred Schwarzmann’s leadership, the Board of Directors along with both Leslie Schaeffer & Luci Ward have given back more time and energy then any board in the last twenty-five years.
It is statistically proven that people who volunteer regularly are healthier both physically and mentally. Individuals who have volunteered throughout their lifetime typically live longer and have better psychological well-being. In addition to the health benefits, volunteering gives people a sense of purpose. The fulfilling feeling of giving back and contributing to society is unparalleled.
Giving back is also a great way to get to better know our Industry. Working alongside individuals who also care about improving their businesses will allow you to broaden your network of friends. Additionally, it will help you to better understand the circumstances of other members of TCATA. Having a broad, open-minded perspective of the different walks of life around you will help you to be an effective and empathetic leader.
People skills are not the only skills you will gain through volunteering! Dedicating time to help others will develop patience, kindness, and resilience. Not only will you improve your communication abilities by working alongside a diverse team of people, but you will also gain other experiences that will help you as you navigate your future.
When TCATA developed its strategic plan, one of the most mentioned suggestions was to become a more member driven association.
If you want to get involved and help us achieve this goal, please contact Fred, Leslie, Luci or me.
Bill Odorizzi, Senior Vice President
Sankosha USA, Inc.