Nashville , TN – September 15, 2013…
The Social Media Team is assembled. We are here to do our thing. We will support the conference, its
organizers, its sponsors and all of the volunteers who help pull off an event like this. I had been meeting with the team, having dinner and a drink or two. We are good to go!
On my way back to my room, I thought I would check out the digs one more time. The conference hall (for the exhibitors) was coming together nicely. It looks like most of the hardware is in place. The displays were set. The signs for the am sessions were ready.
Then I walked down by the registration desk to see three women there. These three women who were there, were there when I registered at about 2 PM. It was now pushing 8 PM, and they were going to be there until 9 PM. I stopped to chat with them. They were still all smiles and most courteous.
I asked them if they would chat with me a bit. They did. They are Aimee Hull, Shannan Duggin and Verta Ross. Aimee and Verta were co-chairs for registration and finance. Shannan’s official role is as a chapter management professional. These ladies had been on-site since 6:30 am and were working until 9 PM. At my shop those kind of hours are grievance material. These ladies were still happy and smiling.
So if you see Aimee, Shannan or Verta during the conference, or any one of the TNSHRM volunteers goes out of their way to help you or make you feel welcome, tell them this. “Thanks, I appreciate your efforts and volunteerism!” These three and many others like them are the people that really make these conferences happen. When asked why do you do this, Verta responded, like this, “Because it’s fun and I get to meet people from around the state. It allows me to give back to the organization that has allowed me to develop.”
So during the conference know this, it is volunteers like this that make these conferences happen. They don’t get much out of it, other than the satisfaction of knowing they did their job well.
Please treat them accordingly!