6 Jul

By Rebecca Sanford, LISW-S

NASW Ohio Chapter Board President

Every year at this time, NASW Ohio Chapter prepares to usher in a new year of leadership. The leadership of the Chapter meets every July to welcome new leaders, review where we have been over the past year, and plan for where we would like to go over the upcoming year. It’s an exciting time filled with new enthusiasm, energy, and ideas.

The leadership of the NASW Ohio Chapter Board of Directors and our 8 Committees change each year. It’s always an exciting time to see where the leadership will take the Chapter. But this constant changing means that we need a solid foundation to make sure we don’t lose sight of our mission and goals. Our solid foundation is our Strategic Plan. You can find our Strategic Plan here.

The Strategic Plan is a guide for where we want to see the Chapter move in the future. It gives us direction and helps us to remain focused as we carry out the day-to-day tasks of our leadership roles. It also helps to ensure that all leaders, regardless of their position in leadership, have a shared understanding of what is important to the Chapter and where our energies need to be focused.

When the 2010-2011 Chapter leadership meets next week, we will review the Strategic Plan and create action steps for the upcoming year. I encourage you to visit the Chapter website for updates.

I am thrilled to welcome new NASW members to the Chapter leadership. I look forward to working with each of you over the upcoming year and truly appreciate your willingness to step up to the responsibility and challenge of becoming a leader with your professional organization.

And of course, it is with great gratitude that we will also be saying goodbye to outgoing Chapter leadership. Your contributions have been priceless. We would not be where we are today without your support.

“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ~Howard Zinn

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