The Call - Fall 2013 - (Page 11)
F ROM T H E C E O
Membership has its Perks
By birth or by choice, we are all members of a
variety of groups. I learned very early in life that I
was a member of my family and, like other family
members, I had duties and responsibilities that
were commensurate with my abilities. At any
given moment, the quality of day-to-day family
life was based on each member's contributions.
Likewise, I was taught during my formative years
about the values of belonging to a group. Growing
up in the central valley of California and being of
Portuguese descent, I quickly learned about all the
festivals and parades that celebrated my heritage.
Participation in these cultural events required
work, but being part of a group with a common
identity and cause was extremely rewarding.
Through the years, we continue to have
opportunities to be members of organizations -
high school clubs, religious congregations, social and
civic organizations, and sports teams to name a few.
For those groups, we choose to join; we do so for a
reason. The more active you are in an organization,
the more value you gain from your membership.
This is true of your membership in NENA as well.
Membership in NENA has its perks -
professional, educational, and social benefits you
can't get anywhere else. As a member of NENA,
you are part of an organization that shares your
commitment to serve the public; one that works
to help you and everyone in 9-1-1 achieve our
shared objective of delivering the best and most
efficient service to citizens in their times of need.
As a member of NENA, you set the bar by which
excellence in our industry is measured. You develop
and participate in training initiatives that both
launch and advance careers. You join with your
peers in calling for stronger 9-1-1 policies at the
local, state, and national levels. You participate in
committees and working groups that develop the
standards, documents, and other resources that
are shepherding 9-1-1 into the Next Generation.
You attend our annual events - 9-1-1 Goes to
Washington, the NENA Development Conference,
and the annual Conference and Expo - where
thousands each year network and engage in
activities focused on both professional development
and the advancement of key activities to improve
9-1-1. In short, your participation in NENA
makes a difference. Through your engagement,
you become a better professional and your
community becomes safer and stronger.
This fall, NENA is launching a membership drive
to retain existing members and to recruit new
ones. For any organization, the most successful
recruiting campaigns are inevitably those where
existing members play an active role. We at NENA
Headquarters will reach out to everyone we can,
and we will have success. However, for us to truly
take NENA to the next level, we need your help.
So please - talk to your colleagues about
the benefits and value of NENA membership.
They will listen to you and value your advice.
As a quick reminder, here are just a few of the
many benefits of NENA membership:
* Members get value: NENA members
receive the biggest savings on conferences,
courses, certifications, and webinars.
* Members get current: NENA members
stay informed about the latest issues and
trends via digital and print publications and
resources that cover all aspects of 9-1-1.
* Members get connected: NENA membership
makes it easy to connect with colleagues
and network with 9-1-1 leaders and
experts both locally and nationally.
* Members get ahead: NENA members have access to
industry-best education and certification programs
to gain the skills necessary for career advancement.
* Members get involved: NENA members
can participate in committees and
working groups to provide leadership
and help shape the future of 9-1-1.
Please note that as we kick off this membership
drive, you will see a slight increase in the cost of
membership - about what you pay for a meal
at a fast food restaurant - and you will also see
additional exclusive member benefits launched in
the coming year. Membership rates were last raised
by NENA's Board in 2011, and, just as your household
expenses have increased since then, so have NENA's.
We are making every effort to contain the costs
associated with running the organization and
maximize the amount we are able to put back into
providing you with a first-rate member experience.
For those of you who have already renewed,
thank you for your support. Take pride in your
membership, and be active. Your participation in NENA
benefits you, your colleagues, and our profession.
Again thank you for making NENA an
outstanding organization. Your membership
in NENA is the reason for our success. ●
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