By: Tom L. Armstrong, CPA, CFO, Business Manager, Fulton Public Schools
How long have you been an MSBO member? Five years? Ten Years? Twenty Years? Longer than that? Believe it or not MSBO has several fifty plus year members! What compels someone to pay their dues and join MSBO every year for fifty years? That’s easy, the outstanding benefits of membership. They renew their membership for the professional development, conferences, committee groups, networking, certification, and more. The list goes on and on.
Many members feel as though MSBO has given them so much that they want to “give back” to the organization. As someone who has been in leadership at MSBO for several years, I can tell you that I still get far more than I could ever hope to “give back”. You may be asking yourself, “how can I get even more from MSBO?” There are many ways to get even more. MSBO has eight standing committees. Members can serve as committee members or committee chair persons. Members can monitor conference sessions. In the old days that meant stamping people in and out. Now it’s mostly making sure that the speaker(s) have everything they need. Members can also volunteer to present at the annual conference. Do you have something that is unique or that you’re really good at? Offer to share it with the rest of us. Members can also throw their hat in the ring and run for the MSBO Board.
Which brings us to the imminent Board elections. We have four worthy candidates running for two empty seats. Normally there is an incumbent in the mix but Diane Block has decided not to run for re-election. Each of the candidates would be excellent additions to the MSBO Board. So, please, look over their candidate profiles and vote for the two you think are most qualified. You will get an email message the polls are open. Then you log in, vote and submit your vote. Last, and this is very important, you will get an email asking you to verify your vote. When you respond to that email, your vote is cast and will be counted.
You may notice another name on the ballot. Yours truly is running for President Elect. Per MSBO tradition, the Nominations Committee has nominated the candidate for president-elect to run unopposed, but I would still appreciate your support anyway!
Thank you to all MSBO members, staff and associate members who make sure that I get more out of MSBO than I could ever “give back”. How about you, will you share your talents?