The 2014 NAI National Workshop, November 18–22 in Denver, Colorado, will bring interpreters to the foot of the Rocky Mountains for five days of learning, inspiring, and networking. Visit the official conference page for information, program guides, and more. If you’re attending the event, be sure to mark your calendar to attend the Region 7 annual meeting on Wednesday, November 19 from 4-5pm. See you there!
It is hard to believe that it’s been three years already, but it (almost) has. The close of 2014 will mark the end of my first term as Director for Region 7. It’s been a terrific experience, and I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement as we have worked to re-energize the Region. We’ve accomplished a lot, including the successful delivery of a quarterly newsletter filled with great articles, providing regional scholarships for training and development, and launching a new website. With a solid communications infrastructure in place, the Region is well-positioned to deliver additional member services.
But there’s a catch, and it involves you.
Region 7 is managed and directed by four volunteer officers (Director, Deputy Director, Treasurer and Secretary) that comprise the Regional Executive Board. Board members are elected by the voting members of the Region for three-year terms – and all of Region 7’s Executive Board positions are up for nomination. So, in a very real sense, the future of Region 7 hinges greatly on whether the next “generation” of leaders steps up to take the reins. As someone who believes strongly in what NAI Regions do and the important role they fill, I’m hopeful that will happen.
A professional organization like ours is only as strong as its membership, and success depends greatly on the enthusiastic participation of volunteers. As you consider this call to action, also remember the tangible and intangible benefits of getting more involved. For the veterans out there, this is a great way to ‘give something back’ to the interpretive community and NAI. And for those just entering the field, it’s a terrific learning experience and networking opportunity. You will meet and work with terrific and talented people, and have the chance to play a key role in guiding NAI into the future.
If I’ve sparked your interest, please take a look at the job descriptions on the Region 7 website and get in touch. All of our volunteer roles are up for “renewal” (including the Director position) and there are lots of other smaller jobs and projects we are working on as well. I’m happy to tell you more about what’s going on, the time commitments involved, and the process for getting started.
Director, Region 7
2014 Dick Taylor Scholarship Award
Congratulations to Miriam Shane and Aaron Roger of North Cheyenne Cañon Park, recipients of this year’s Dick Taylor Scholarship Award. Dick Taylor (Excellence in Interpretive Support Award Winner 2007) was a docent and volunteer for the City of Colorado Springs as well as a previous Region 7 Treasurer. Dick passed away late in 2007 and left a $25,000 charitable annuity to fund scholarships to the national workshop for interpreters in El Paso, Freemont and Teller Counties. For more information about this scholarship fund, contact NAIRegion7@gmail.com