Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Wednesday's What's Up With That!?
Today's topic will be volunteerism. I am involved in a wonderful community service organization for women. It is a national organization known as Junior League (you can check out their website here). I am involved in my local chapter and have been for the past 5 years.
My frustration today is with the lack of follow through of people. I understand this is a volunteer organization, but that is exactly what the organization relies on, volunteers. Things come up, personal circumstances change, I get that...... but if you volunteer to handle something, and you are no longer able to handle that responsibility, notify someone immediately. What ever happened to common courtesy? Don't just fall off the face of the planet - what's up with that!? Not only is that frustrating, but it's a great disappointment and let down - people (and projects) were relying on your contribution that you said you would do.
We start a new fiscal year in June, I do hope that there is a change. This is by no means a bash of the organization, as I truly do love the organization and what it stands for, it is more a bash of the trend in some people's failure to follow through on commitment. This is just a few people, not a representation of the entire League, but in such a small league, we rely on each and every person, and even just one person dropping the ball so to speak, sucks. I wouldn't mind if you told me as soon as you found out something changed and you were no longer able to commit, which would give us time to find someone else to fill your role - the problem is in not following through and not telling anyone about it.