As the President of the Auckland Chapter, I spoke to Linda Guirey recently about the forthcoming Gala Dinner and National Awards. With the date now locked in (the Gala Dinner will be held in Auckland on September the 19th), this could be your chance to lend a helping hand and this could lead to an Award coming back to you.
“As you may be aware, the Annual Awards and Gala Dinner is coming up, which means the Silent Auction will also be on! None of these things happen though, without assistance from members, volunteering of a little of their time”
“For me the first reason is that NSANZ wouldn’t survive without volunteers for committees and events. Secondly though – if you don’t volunteer of your time, just a little, then you don’t meet the criteria set down for Awards and Membership. When you apply for our Awards – Brightstar Emerging Speaker of the Year, Speaker of the Year or the new Educator of the Year – the evaluators will look for evidence of your contributions to NSANZ. What a wonderful way for you to show how you have contributed!”
“The Silent Auction doesn’t require much input and with a few keen people on board, the tasks will be minimal – but you WILL be ticking the box for helping behind the scenes in the last 12 months. It doesn’t count, if you once did some work on the committee or behind the scenes years ago – it has to be recent. What’s more, many of these tasks can be completed anywhere – whether you are somewhere in NZ or overseas.
“So I thought I would clarify the tasks that form part of the Silent Auction and then anyone who is willing to offer just a little of their time – can contact either Bill James ([email protected]), Elias Kanaris ([email protected]) or myself ([email protected]) and we will gladly have you on board.”
“Well, if you have any contacts who may be able to donate a data projector, or a video camera, a voice recorder, free printing of promotional material, a venue for someone to run their own event? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear from you!
“Well Elias, the admin side of this is really not much work at all – possibly 15 or so auction items, 15 sheets filling in the templates and printing.
“We just want volunteers and we can allocate tasks accordingly – the more volunteers we have, the easier it will be. A BIG thank you to Kanuka Simpson who has already come on board for this.”
Thanks everyone – together we can ignite the world, together we can ensure NSANZ is a vibrant, awesome place to be!