Greetings, fellow federationists,
On Friday at our convention, members met to discuss membership building and fundraising, and there they shared stories of how they got involved in our organization. One of the common themes that came up regularly was being asked to do something by a current member.
It feels good when someone asks me to do something. It might also feel intimidating or daunting at times, but my overall feeling is one of gratitude. When someone asks something of me, they are, in essence, saying to me “I need help with a thing, and I trust you enough to ask you.” Being trusted feels empowering, and empowerment, particularly for us, is crucial.
My first real exposure to the NFB was in Nebraska, when then president Carlos Servan asked me if I would run for president of the Nebraska Association of Blind Students. I had no leadership experience to that point, and I was barely a member of the organization. Carlos saw something in me, though, and he made sure I had the support I needed to help our student division grow. That was the first time I can remember a stranger ask me for a big favor, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
As you do the work of your chapters, I would encourage you to include other people in your efforts. Reach out to people you don’t see very often or to people who you know, but who don’t attend chapter meetings. Trust others to help us do the work of the Federation. You will be amazed at the impact you will have.