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may 2013

One of the strengths of our organization is how close we are as members. I maintain you’d be hard-pressed to find a more friendly, caring bunch of people.

But it’s not just the friendships we form that are so positive to our mission, it’s our ability to share and communicate ideas.

The conversations we have around the tables in formal and informal settings are so valuable. Late last year, I spent two days networking among staff.

I talked to Mark Williams, a new administrator from New Mexico. What did I find out about this newbie? He’s been in film and he was a Wall Street financier before he joined our ranks. Wow! Who would have known? I wouldn’t have had we not taken the time to talk and learn about each other.

Whether you’re networking on a frontline, supervisory level or administrative level, at conferences or among jurisdictions, the time you take to chat with someone in our field will come back to you in a positive way. You may learn something new and interesting about a colleague. That new contact may then be the person you talk to about the challenges you are experiencing on the job and what you are doing on the state level to influence legislation. You never know where a new relationship will lead.

You don’t hear a lot about face-to-face networking today—with all of the interconnectivity of social media. But I believe there is no substitute for interactions in real time. And the best part about meeting friends and keeping old ones?

It’s good for the spirit.

Stacy Stanton

Chair of the Board