Hello everyone, this is your state president, John Grisham, writing! This blog post about NLC will be the first of many blogs that I will be conducting in order to get my plans and thoughts for the year across and as a way for you to take part in them!
At the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, anxiety was high for everyone as we each had our own events to study for and participate in. Our teams worked hard to make sure everything was perfect for their various events. In the end, many of our local chapters had members place in their events and I want to congratulate all of you hard-working individuals, whether you placed or not (for it is not the physical prize but the effort and opportunities that make it all the worthwhile), for putting forth the effort to make it to NLC and represent Arizona!
In addition to our events, there were plenty of interesting workshops made available to us which I hope all of you went to!) and numerous opportunities to network and interact with all the other states. There was definitely a lot of conversation between chapters, whether it be tips about an event, how to fundraise, or even how nice the California weather was during our stay.
I feel like this year, we did a lot as a state chapter. I was happy to see that we had a lot of participation in our dinner social this year. It certainly allowed our local chapters to meet new people from within our own state and make those connections. I myself even meet a lot of interesting people and advisors over the course of the conference, from Embry-Riddle’s moves on the dance floor, NAU’s social skills, ASU’s hospitality, and CAC’s fun-loving advisor. We certainly moved forward in the right direction toward that proper communication that is vital to our state chapter’s function as a whole. I also definitely look forward to working with and seeing more of those people with whom I met.
As I said in our state meeting at NLC, there are many things our state officer team will be implementing. I know some people were unable to make it, so I want to make sure everyone knows. Here is a short list:
• Committees! I want to see as many of you sign up for the committees, so we can hear what you have to say and be a part of a great community and network of local chapter members.
• Designated state officer contacts for each local chapter
• The CMAP program. A great way to bring together your current members and usher in new ones.
• Facebook, twitter, and website updates with pertinent information! Whether it be news of our upcoming state social or news from the national level, we will be updating it all! We will be sending out e-letters to our local chapters with news that will go into more detail regarding these topics and more in the weeks to come!
Contact Info and Thanks
I know I gave my contact info card to many of the people I met at NLC, and as someone pointed out, the cell number on the card is incorrect! Sorry! But you can use that email address on the card (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and I can get that out to you if need be. Remember, I want to put an emphasis on communication this year, so please, feel free to contact me or the state officer team whenever you have questions about PBL.
Again, thanks to everyone who came out to Anaheim and contributed to the exciting time that was NLC. I’m sure those who went had a great time and have plenty to tell their local chapters. Local chapters, be sure to also congratulate your NLC winners, as they brought pride through the representation of both your chapter and Arizona.
I would also like to give thanks to my state officers, and especially to the two that attended, Mandi and Martha, both working diligently to keep everything up to date and everyone engaged. Plus, I commend their ability to better convey our messages to Arizona than I could ever do. Arizona certainly wouldn’t have been able to accomplish as much as we did at NLC without their help.
Until next time Arizona! And as our advisor, Steven Reff, from U of A says: live, laugh, and love life.
Note from your VP of Communication: Apologies to all our members for the delay in getting this out and posted as John was quite punctual in writing this blog after NLC and I had a number of unexpected technical difficulties while studying abroad these past several weeks! Arizona PBL can expect to hear from John and the rest of the team lots more the rest of the year, here on our website, as well as through all our other social media channels.