Hereâ€™s a quote from the second installment of â€œThis Week in Associations,â€ which continues a look at the upcoming ASAE & The Center publication, Decision to Volunteer. This segmentâ€™s guest is former Acronym guest blogger Peter Oâ€™Neil, CAE, who talks about what his association, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, got out of its participation in the study.
â€œGovernance structure is probably the biggest overlooked opportunity for most trade and professional societies. We did shift our volunteer structure, governance structure about four or five years ago and what we did was move our technical committees, which for us is the hallmark, the backbone, of what we do through what our volunteers do through that structure. We shifted them to work groups and off of these work groups there were various project teams. And, the project teams enabled individuals to come in and do some very discreet pieces of work, say write a chapter in a textbook and then leave.â€
So the question I want to leave readers with is, what changes have you made to make volunteering for your organization easier?
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