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president’s Message Recruit, Retain, Repeat By Travis Swope 2013-2014 President As the newly elected President, I have many responsibilities. Our Association has had some positive growth in the last 18-24 months, and we are in a healthy position based on our membership numbers. Now is the time to capitalize on that growth and build on our momentum. What we’ve got to do now is continue to find new people and get them involved on the District and committee levels. I think we do a decent job of getting the word out and finding new faces to bring to the district meetings. Some of our member companies are extremely generous in bringing their employees to the meetings and even supporting them through district work and beyond. But I think we can do better. When I was a teenager and young adult, I trained in shorin ryu karate. The organization I belonged to did a fantastic job at bringing in new students and developing their training. The one criticism I had is that once they became black belts, there wasn’t a strong commitment to keep the students interested in continuing their training. There were very few programs in place for further education and most of the available spots were filled by the same old people. It had turned into a good old boys club, and it kept many new people from wanting to participate. As a result, many dropped out, and the organization suffered. I think this could have been avoided by having a strategic plan to map out a career path for success. If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m saying PCOC needs to do the same thing. This past May we held our annual Leadership Academy at the beautiful Catamaran resort in San Diego, Calif. The two day crash course is designed to give the incoming district chairs and vice chairs the tools they need to be successful in their districts. The topics range from public speaking and how to run a good meeting, to finding guest speakers, and more. At the end of our academy we issued the participants a one www.pcoc.org / Fall 2013 7 year challenge. We challenged them during the course of this year to find people in their districts and take a personal interest in getting them more involved. I call this tapping someone on the shoulder. It happened to me many years ago and without someone taking a personal interest in helping me succeed, I probably wouldn’t be serving as your president today. Every district will take on and adopt the personality of its chairperson. The chairperson’s responsibility is to make sure each task is covered and that everyone is working as a unit. I’ve seen a lot of failures at this level including my own. Many chair people feel obligated to carry the brunt of the work load themselves. They find themselves making all the calls before each district meeting or arranging for every guest speaker for the entire year. The most important thing the chairperson can do is delegate. Sometimes people are afraid to delegate key tasks because they think it diminishes their importance. In fact it does just the opposite. It allows you to focus on the things you do well. In the long run it will only compliment your strengths and neutralize your weaknesses. The other thing I see all too often is the chair person is http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
PCOC Expo 2013: A Pictorial Highlight
Expo 2013 Bed Bug Presentation: Control and Management Updates
Overview of NEW California Aeration Plan (CAP)
Calbug Project: Public Needed to Uncover Clues in Natural History Collections
Your Guide to Social Media Startup
Federal Update
Insurance Small Employer Responsibilities under Health Care Reform Act
State Capitol Report Back to Business
Firm Profile Round the Clock Pest Control
Index to Advertisers
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