COWBOY LOGIC: "Live like someone left the gate open!"
As ag teachers we are called on to serve in many different roles. We call it the ag teachers' wall of hats. One of these hats is for professional development, which we get mostly from our state and national teacher associations. However, there is more than just professional development in NAAE, there also is camaraderie, idea sharing, solving state and national education issues, recruiting, fundraising, and the list goes on and on. Our organizations are so important to the livelihood of not just agricultural education, but agriculture as a whole. I have lived all of my life in agriculture and it is a lifestyle more than it is just a career -- ag education is not much different. The people who live in agriculture represent agriculture, there is no third party that speaks for us. Our organization runs on service from its members -- if it was set up any other way, it wouldn't serve us very well!
It is difficult to add one more thing to your plate, especially when we already feel that our job has come first and family second. How do we balance our lives and keep those hats on the wall in good shape? I wish I knew the answer because I have found it difficult to serve NAAE, my school, and my family all at once. All I know is that after a NAAE function, I feel inspired and grateful that I took advantage of the opportunity. The fact that remains is that we need your leadership and your service to keep this organization rolling on.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
“I slept and dream't that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
My service as Region I Vice President is coming to an end. I have truly enjoyed the last three years and am very proud of the unity that we have in our region, but out with the old and in with the new. Region I needs you to step out and continue to serve this truly great organization. If you have any questions about serving NAAE, my door is always open to discuss the roles of the positions. Region I needs both a secretary and a vice president. The secretary position is elected each year and is primarily responsible to serve at the NAAE and regional conferences. The vice president position is a three-year term that also includes being a committee advisor, service on the executive board that meets twice a year, and representing NAAE at state conferences in our region. To run for a NAAE Region I office, you will need to fill out a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and submit it by September 15th. I highly encourage you to take the risk and run for one of these two offices, you will be glad you did!