#SOL18: Volunteering

There was a box.

“Would you like to volunteer?”

Hmmm.  What’s the likelihood?

Oh, well, nothing ventured.

Nothing gained.

Click, box checked.

Submitted.

Time passed by.

No more thought of that little box.

That little check.

And then . . . an email.

“Would you be a monitor?”

A monitor?

Sounds simple.

Sure.

I replied affirmatively. 

Marked it on my calendar.

Linked the email.

Time passed by.

A few wonderings about the role of a monitor.

But not much thought.

And then . . . a second email.

A different question this time.

“Would you be a chair?”

A chair?

Sounds simple.

But wait . . .

For whom?

More details?

I read the email.

I checked the email again.

I reread carefully.

What a treat!

What an honor!

The email was an invitation to be a chairperson for a session at #CCIRA18.  Who knew?  An out-of-stater was going to be the chair.  And to introduce an #eduhero of mine!

Friday,

February 9, 2018

in Humboldt Peak

9:15 – 11:15

at #CCIRA18,

Session 318

“Dynamic Teaching for the Deeper Reading of Fiction”

Presenter: Vicki Vinton

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Heaven! Pure Delight!

What’s your experience with volunteering at literacy conferences? 

What’s your experience with volunteering at non-educational activities? 

Do you continue to volunteer?





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17 responses

  1. What a great topic! I volunteer extensively at our state and local level. I moderated a session at NCTE and enjoyed learning a totally new-to-me topic. I volunteer as a coach for my daughter, as a band booster for my son, and in the nursery and the 2-3 class at church once a month. Volunteering gives me so much for the little bit I give out.

    1. Aileen,
      YOU are a volunteer extraordinaire!
      I’ve always thought, “while I’m there, I might as well be doing something!” LOL And I agree… my benefits are the reason I keep volunterring!

  2. It is amazing where taking that first little step leads. Contrats, Fran.

  3. What a great reminder to say YES more often. I used to be very involved in the local and state associations….I miss that opportunity to fill my tank with ideas and inspiration!

  4. This is great. I am wondering about next year when I retire and what organization I will choose to volunteer with.

    1. I am sure you can find a group that is a great match! Thanks for commenting!

  5. I remember one NCTE Conference where I was asked to chair a session even though my proposal wasn’t accepted. What a surprise when I found myself chairing Carl Anderson’s session! You never know where checking that little box can lead you to.

    1. Rose,
      That feels awkward! But OMG, Carl’s session! Because we had advance registration, I knew I would be working in the sessions I chose, but I had not idea! What a treat!!!! So fun to be adventurous!

  6. Congratulations! That is something very special. Enjoy your time as the chairperson.

    P.S. I am a new Slicer. I posted my very first Slice of Life on my blog. 🙂

    1. Elaine,
      It was just for the conference. But still so very fun!

      Welcome to “Slicing”. I will check out your blog post! ❤

  7. I again love the structure of your writing piece. Starting out with the vague “volunteer” and ending up being the chair who introduced Vicki!! A perfect example of how one gets when they give!

    1. Sally,
      It was the BEST! And a treat because it’s the first time I’ve heard Vicki alone at any conference. I was the “sponge” in the front row! Love how twitter and blogging have brought the world closer to me! #WHYIWrite! ❤ Thanks, my friend!

    2. Sally,
      It was the BEST! And a treat because it’s the first time I’ve heard Vicki alone at any conference. I was the “sponge” in the front row! Love how twitter and blogging have brought the world closer to me! #WHYIWrite! ❤ Thanks, my friend!

  8. I again love the structure of your writing piece. You are becoming quite a poet in two voices! I also like how you started out with the vague “volunteer” and ending up being the chair who introduced Vicki!! A perfect example of how one gets when they give! This year I am volunteering to help with the school play! I love the creative energy and helping behind the scenes and not feeling so stressed because I’m not the one performing. I’m just helping! It’s a good feeling.

  9. Congratulations! I love how you set up your piece. It is an intriguing way to show your metacognition. I have volunteered thousands of hours to our local educational community. It is always satisfying. I wish you well!

    1. Thanks! It doesn’t take long for the hours and the years to add up! ❤

      1. How True! You are wonderful to do it.

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