It’s that time again. Time to decide if you want to run for a board position. Time to see where you have time to volunteer for OCC. Time to plan your career for the year 2016. And that’s all in between finding time to write, taking care of your family, spending time with the extended family, promoting your books on social media, attending signings and events to further your career and so much more. As writers, our time is constantly being invaded by life’s many demands.
Priorities have to be determined and made time for. Whether it’s the family or the writing, a clear plan will help you get there.
This past month I had the pleasure of putting the Birthday Bash together for OCC. And that was in addition to all the other demands in my life. But with the help of the board members and many giving volunteers, the celebration was a success and fun was had by all. I was tickled to see many more members in costume. I believe the anticipation caused the energy to reach a contagious level.
Away from the monthly meetings, many have families, others have jobs, and time to write eludes us. I know everyone has a little bit of time each month to give back to OCC. A chapter that has helped further the careers of many of its many members. From the critiques, workshops, speakers, and networking, OCC members have given of their time through the years. Without the encouragement and support, many of us wouldn’t know how to start or where to go for help and guidance. And yet, many have succeeded and helped others to do the same.
With the book industry in a state of constant change, it’s good to know we have somewhere to go to get our questions answered. Many of our members have served and are serving on the RWA National Board and bring their expertise back to us. We thank them for the time they gave to RWA and the knowledge they gave to us from their experience.
So if you think you don’t have time to volunteer, think about the many members who have young children, maybe a job, a full-time writing career, and still make time to give of themselves to OCC.
I must have found myself with an extra half hour of time when I volunteered for programs last year. But it all works out, and you can’t beat the benefits. The knowledge you gain about writing and the industry, the friends you make and keep, the connections that are made while networking, all in the name of volunteering. Where else can you get back more than you put in?
I don’t have time to write full-time, and I don’t have time to volunteer full-time. Only being a mother is a 24/7 job. Volunteering has given me a whole new perspective on the inner workings of OCC. There’s a lot involved in running the chapter and keeping it going. Without the members and their generosity, OCC will close their doors like many other chapters have had to do in the recent past.
So climb aboard. OCC/RWA needs your help, and we welcome you with open arms. It can be hard work at times, but be careful, you just might enjoy yourself and have a great time.
Vote now for the 2016 board. Volunteer today for 2016. We’re waiting for YOU!
Hope to see you in November.
w/a Elise Scott “One Weekend” in “Romancing the Pages” OCC Anthology, on Amazon, Barnes & Noble eBook retailers.
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