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July President's Letter

Tue, July 02, 2019 7:42 AM | Anonymous member

Hi ATD San Diego!

I hope summer is off to a great start for everyone. It is my favorite time of year. I love the long days, being able to sit outside when I get home from work and enjoy the warmth of the day vs. the chill of the air conditioning.

This month I want to talk about the importance of chapter leadership, including our board of directors and our volunteers. Our chapter is successful because of our volunteers. All of our chapter events, website, social media posts, partnerships, sponsorships, etc. get done through our volunteers. I have held several positions now, my first being a volunteer at chapter events, then programs director. Scary… yes! I really had no idea what I was getting into, but I said yes. That commitment has led to so much learning and continued leadership opportunities. Volunteering can be rewarding and a great opportunity to add to your already great resume. If you are interested in marketing, helping new members, learning website design, leading a special interest group, looking for sponsors, finding speakers or facilitators, (I could good go on and on, but you get the point) consider volunteering or even a board position.

ATD San Diego membership does not only mean learning at a chapter event, but also through the roles necessary to running the business. And yes, we run this chapter as a business and thus do all the things that a small business does; set goals, file taxes, maintain insurance, create a budget, and keep a P&L and balance sheet, to name a few.

Starting in July, we will begin the process of finding board members for 2020 as well as new volunteers who can step up and help were needed. Board members should have six months of volunteer experience with ATD San Diego. The board positions open for 2020 are:

  • President-elect
  • Secretary
  • CFO
  • Program Co-directors
  • Technology Director
  • Membership Director

If you are interested in a board position but have not volunteered, please speak to any of the current board members so we can help you put a plan together. Job descriptions and the application are available on our website under Get Involved/Lead the Chapter.

The board of directors meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Our next in person board meeting will be held in July and we would like to invite our members to join us. More details can be found on our website. Registration is required by July 5.

I mentioned last month, that we were planning a learning and development career discussion chapter meeting. After discussing this at the June board meeting, we have decided to postpone until later this year or early next year.

I hope you will consider the various opportunities available. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out at

Best Regards,

Mary Jane Riccardi
Chapter President
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