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by Lisa DelPiccolo
THE BENEFITS OF SERVING ON A BOARD
If I had my way, every CMCA member would have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and eventually serve as president. Listed below are a few of the benefits I have experienced.
A VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE
All of us have experienced the clerk side of local government. To be an elected representative is altogether different. Every clerk should experience this perspective. Constituents must be heard. Not all of them are happy and supportive, but I quickly realized that dissenting viewpoints have merit and provide insight for a better process or decision. Every clerk should also have the opportunity to run a board meeting. It's not as easy as it looks, but it is kind of fun.
I am grateful to work with a truly excellent board during my year as president. Every person contributes. At the same time, this is not rubber stamp group. They ask questions and want details before making decisions. And yet, they are my support system. We also have excellent committee chairs, a fantastic Education Committee, and an award-winning institute director. Another thing I learned early in my term is that this is not a one-person job.
NETWORKING ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL
It's amazing how you bond with the clerks that attend the CMCA Institute with you. By attending the Institute and Masters Academy this year, as well as the IIMC and CML conferences, I had the opportunity to connect with clerks at all levels. It has been an absolute pleasure. During my term, I also worked with CML and LED officials and connected with IIMC Region VIII representative Lisa Garcia and IIMC President Lana McPherson.
To say that serving as president is outside of my comfort zone is an understatement. Fortunately, there wasn't much time to dwell on it. Not many of us really enjoy public speaking, but it gets easier the more you do it. I had to make a few difficult decisions. I learned how important it is to really listen to people and how to work with a variety of personalities.
I was told by former CMCA presidents that this would be an incredibly fast year, and they were right. I never pictured myself involved in planning the Annual Conference, but one of duties of the president is to chair the Annual Conference Committee. Thanks to an awesome committee and conference planner, it's been a rewarding experience. Without a doubt, though, the highlights of this year have been carrying the Colorado Flag during the IIMC Conference opening ceremony and congratulating each Institute attendee during the closing luncheon.
GIVE IT A TRY!
I'm not saying every day is bliss, and it is a significant time commitment. But the rewards are great.
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