President’s letter: A call to action January 27, 2016
By Danielle Butler, MIASF president
Happy new year MIASF members. This is a call for action from me to you. We need your expertise and your smarts to volunteer some of your time to MIASF, for everything from the Waterway Cleanup to serving on the Board of Directors. Please don’t think “I’m too busy” or “We don’t need you” or “Someone else will come forward.”
As your president, I am tasked with selecting a Nominating Committee, who will be charged with nominating MIASF members to run for the MIASF Board of Directors. The Board of Directors manages the affairs of MIASF. A board position runs for two years, is voluntary and non-paid. A Board Member must attend monthly, special and the annual board meetings.
If you are looking to volunteer but you are concerned about the time commitment required by being a board member, then we also have other volunteer opportunities, such as committees. We are always looking for volunteers to participate on the Membership Committee, the Waterway Cleanup Committee, the Plywood Regatta Committee, the Marine Industry Day Committee, the Education Committee and the Advocacy Committee.
In addition, MIASF has numerous annual events, which would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers’ time and commitment to these events. We would love for you to support research and conservation by volunteering at the Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, show environmental responsibility and clean our waterways at the Broward County Waterway Cleanup, help build boating’s future at the Plywood Regatta, raise awareness and celebrate the industry at Marine Industry Day and build relationships at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
What are the benefits of volunteering? You are supporting a great organization, your community and the industry that supports you, while learning something new and creating awareness. You can develop personal or professional contacts, and meet amazing people at MIASF.
Why do people not volunteer? People feel they don’t measure up to other volunteers, they don’t have time or that it takes too much work to find out what volunteering is all about. Well as you have read, I have taken these reasons for not volunteering off the table, and we welcome you to join the MIASF volunteer family!
As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give back.” I thank all of our volunteers who have selflessly donated their valuable time to making MIASF the vital organization that it is!