Nebraska is a Good Place
Hello all, I sit here in St. Louis surrounded by the energy of our professional colleagues coming together. There is something exciting about being around our own kind!
Recently the NSATA hosted the Summer Conference in Columbus, NE. I hope everyone that attended found it valuable. I’m not sure why it’s so easy to turn into a little kid when a helicopter flies in, but that’s how I felt when the “bird” flew in for our lab portion of Saturday’s talk. Many thanks go to Amy Behrhorst, Rebecca Wardlaw, Mike Sloup, Denise Marshall, Brooke Hughes, and Rob Marshall for pulling together and providing us with an amazing event.
That event was also combined with our Honors & Awards Event. We inducted four new members into our Hall of Fame and it is always so humbling for me to sit and listen to their stories and learn about how they got to this point in their lives. It was a wonderfully special night, especially for the inductees. More thank you’s to the above folks for their hard work in also putting together this piece of the weekend.
For those of you who missed our business meeting, we have made some good strides in beginning to connect with the membership. In March, we identified 3 key areas of concern during the open forum time in the business meeting and have started action in regards to those areas. First, we have asked the Governmental Affairs committee to investigate the position of President-elect and submit a recommendation to us regarding whether we should move to that model of leadership. Secondly, we have energized the Honors, Awards, Nominations & Memorial Resolutions committee with the charge of pulling us back on task with regards to elections and procedures as outlined in the bylaws. Our hope is they will be able to invigorate those around us and spur on productive nominations and elections. Lastly, we have created a salary task force to identify where we are as a state, where we would like to be, and how we can get there. Thank you for the feedback and I will update you on the summary of things discussed in Columbus as soon as I can. (It’s been a very busy June!)
As I mentioned, I am in St. Louis and spent my day yesterday in the State Leadership Forum. Hearing about other states and the problems and good things going on out there, I always become acutely aware of the type of people I am surrounded by in our state’s athletic training community. Some of our key leaders at the District and National level come from Nebraska. The people that volunteer for this organization continue to make me search for words that could convey enough appreciation and I always come up short. You, the membership, are hard working, dedicated, competent people who strive every day to excel at what you do. You are the face of our organization and thank you for representing us well! All around Nebraska is a good place to be an athletic trainer.
I’ll leave you with a final thought that might seem random. I recently read the book Tribes by Seth Godin. A quote from that book continues to stick with me. “Defending mediocrity is exhausting”. I have personally found myself stuck in a rut of being defensive over why I do something or how a process is supposed to go rather than spending time on better ways to think about and do things. This summer I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and find ways in your life you can alleviate the exhaustion.
Thank you for your time!
PS – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Town Hall conference call. Details can be found in the Upcoming Events section.