Happy New Year Middle Tennessee Chapter! 2014 is going to be an exciting year for our chapter. Our mission this year is “learning sustainability and relevance”. That means providing you with opportunities to improve the skills you bring to the workplace and keep your skillset fresh and pertinent. Our chapter is committed to helping you fill gaps for your organization, your clients, or in your own career.
In November, we asked you to participate in our annual members’ survey. Here are some of the things we learned from your feedback. Our members want professional development, networking and education from this chapter. That says to me that our programs and events need to continue to be closely linked to the ASTD competency model. Also we will be doing our best to build programs around learning technology, instructional design, and evaluation of learning, as those are the top three areas of interested expressed on the survey.
You told us that you overwhelmingly prefer our chapter meetings on the current day and time, Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Therefore, this will remain the same. Along those same lines, however, those of you who didn’t attend any meetings in 2013 were deterred by the time and/or location. We are researching the feasibility of offering morning and evening meetings in addition to the regularly scheduled chapter programs. Likewise, we will be seeking small committees to lead geographic interest groups (GIGs) in West Nashville, Cool Springs and possibly Rutherford County. GIGs are designed to serve those who work or live in specific areas by offering conveniently located programs.
In the survey results, we found out that many of you are interested in volunteering. That’s great, because we need your help in making each program successful. You may have heard the adage “many hands make light work”. Our meetings and other initiatives run more smoothly when we have assistance. Participating as a volunteer can also help you gain new skills in areas like leadership, event planning, organization, instructional design, marketing, and new technology.
Your feedback also shows a significant interested in mentoring. In 2013, your board developed a excited new mentoring program! This year we will pilot that program. If you were one of those who expressed an interest, expect to here from us soon. If you didn’t express interest on the survey and would like to be a mentor or mentee please email us at email@example.com.
I’m sure you’ve noticed the new look of our newsletter and website, established in 2013. In 2014, look for a member spotlight to be added each month. We know many of you are making significant contributions to your organizations and community and have accomplishments worth sharing. Stay tuned for this, as well as other new additions to your chapter this year. Together, let’s make 2014 sustainable and relevant all year long.