By Cathy Long
Do you enjoy attending the PCB conventions? Does that experience invigorate and energize you? Are you the kind of person who likes to work toward affecting positive change? If you have answered “yes” to even one of these questions, perhaps what I am going to suggest may be of interest to you.
In December 2015, I will have been secretary of the PCB Board for twenty years. Although I have enjoyed this work and could continue forever, I am choosing to discontinue working as secretary of the PCB Board and will not run again for election. Things are changing in my life, and I need more time to pursue newer interests. While I have the ability to help the new secretary become familiar with his or her job, I want to allow someone else the opportunity and privilege to serve. I have worked closely with several PCB presidents and the executive board, attended more than twenty PCB conventions, took minutes and reported on sixty PCB board meetings and countless conference calls.
Here are the perks:
- PCB pays for the hotel room for the secretary of the PCB Board for the entire convention.
- Meals are reimbursed at $25 per day throughout the convention and during board meetings.
- Close association with the “movers and shakers” of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind.
- Good organization and communication
- Ability to use your home computer for creating documents, as well as sending and receiving emails, including file attachments
- Ability to read Excel spreadsheets
- A method or device to take and access notes in real time (i.e. braille, large print, electronic notetaker, or laptop)
- Use of a recording device as a back-up for taking accurate minutes
- The time and commitment to do a good job
If you believe you would be a good fit for the position of secretary, please consider submitting your name to the Nominating Committee for a place on the slate of nominees for the PCB election of officers at the 2015 state convention. Duties of the new secretary will commence on January 1, 2016.
I have been richly blessed by my association with PCB for these years. I will be here to help the next secretary get started, if my assistance is desired. Do not fear, I am not leaving PCB. I will be on committees and at conventions: Once an advocate, always an advocate. I know there are members out there who are very capable of filling my shoes. Feel free to call me if you wish to gather additional information about this position. My phone number at home is 717-737-1979.