Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” In today’s climate for business events, it is easy to let volunteerism slip down the list of what’s important and what’s not important. Other priorities take center stage and sometimes you wonder if we will ever get back to a state of normalcy. Everything has changed and nothing will be the same. Mass media tells us
this. Your friends tell you this. Your frenetic workload tells you this. Let me tell you this though, your choice to volunteer is perhaps the one choice where you can make immediate and significant change for yourself, for your community and your industry.
The PCMA Capital Chapter is currently accepting applications for next year’s committee chairs and co-chairs. If you have resigned yourself to thinking “I don’t have enough time for this” or “I haven’t spent time climbing the ladder” to become a committee chair, I urge you to reconsider. There are no set pathways to leadership at the PCMA Capital Chapter. Volunteering for the PCMA Capital Chapter has been and continues to be one of the greatest assets to my career. The Chapter has an incredible array of leadership opportunities and is truly a place to gain skills you may not otherwise gain at your workplace. Applications for committee chairs are due September 21. Click here to submit your application.
It’s hard to believe we have turned the calendar to September and heading fast into Fall, but the Chapter has two great events lined up for you. On September 14, 5 – 7 p.m., at the Arlington Cinema & Draft House, we will be hosting our Fall Networking event, “Don’t be a Drag, Just be a Queen (or King)!. I (or an alternate identity) hope to see you there. Registration is open now! In October, we resume our
live education with our shorter October Sparkler program, hosted at the Capital One Center in Tysons Corner on October 26, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.. Stay tuned for further details on that program.
As I write this letter on one screen, I see my in-box piling up on another screen and my meeting specs are screaming at me to be finished. Juggling volunteerism, work and family is not easy. Even my dog is giving me the side eye wondering when I am going to take him out. Choosing to volunteer though is immensely satisfying. I cannot thank our volunteers enough. Their dedication is inspiring and the collective power of what we can accomplish is truly powerful. Thank you so much.
Marcus Eng, CMP, DES | 2022 PCMA Capital Chapter President