2016 was a monumental year for me. None of the things I accomplished were ones that I had planned to achieve when I set out in January. In fact, when the year began I had barely registered there was a League of Utah Writers organization out there. By the end of the year I had become a chapter president, turned membership on its ear with humbling numbers of people who wanted to join us, created and pulled off a writing retreat, had helped organize my first statewide conference and been nominated to be the future conference committee chairman. Along with all of this, was a lot of sacrifice in the form of time. Time away from my family, time away from my own writing. What do I have to show for it?
A seriously amazing award, that’s what!
I could show evidence of over 500 hours – FIVE HUNDRED – that I volunteered for the League in 2016. Because we are a certifying organization with The President’s Volunteer Service Award program, I can tout yet another prestigious accomplishment on my road to wherever I’m headed as an author: Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award Winner.
The very best part is that I was awarded this by my favorite U.S. President (so far) of my adulthood – President Obama – with a signed letter to go with my spiffy certificate and the pin I can wear on my lapel. Service does have its advantages!
For 2017, my goal is to NOT qualify for this award by finding better balance and more people to delegate things to so they can earn this award themselves. We shall see how successful I am.