By Communications Team
Even before COVID forced us to hold virtual conventions, PCB struggled to reach out, contact, and keep its peers engaged.
What do you, the PCB peer, want and what do you want to do (with and for PCB)?
We ask these questions because we have not been able to figure out answers for the past several years.
We have tried several formats to collect your thoughts on what PCB can bring to you as a peer and a chapter. We have tried website questionnaires, phone calls, emails, surveys, invited chapter presidents to facilitate dialogs, but we have often met with indifference or apathy. Low participation levels tell us that we are doing something wrong.
We know that all of us don’t come to this organization from the same place. Some of us have only participated in our chapters figuring that there are others to participate in the state wide organization. Some of us get our information from the PCB Information Line picking and choosing the level of participation in the PCB offerings. Some of us get our information from all of the different PCB email lists that we belong to. Some of us rely on friends and other peers to let us know about events of interest. Some of us join several different teams which carry on the business of PCB. Some of us come to Open House calls to catch up on what might be happening throughout the state. Many of us, however, pay our dues and don’t join in any other PCB activities.
Can you give us ideas about what you want from PCB, whether you participate already or would participate if we offered what you want? Do you want virtual game nights? Do you want discussions about current events? Do you want topical discussions in areas like gardening, antiques, history, sports, technology, or science?
Would you like the PCB Advocate to have more literature or word puzzles? If the discussion topics that were chosen in the past didn’t interest you, let us know what you would be more interested in. We can even help you start your own discussion calls. Do you want something that we have not mentioned? We don’t even know for sure how many of you will actually read this article in The PCB Advocate because we know that it could fall into that black hole of unread newsletters and magazines that every household generates.
That second question about what you can do for PCB is even tougher. People often think that they have nothing to offer to a PCB team, but you’d be surprised to know that you can bring ideas to a team that you have an interest in. Some of us who have worked on teams and projects for years stick around partly because we don’t see someone new coming to take on the job we have been doing.
Please think about both halves of the question at the beginning of the article. Your ideas are not only welcome, they are encouraged and celebrated. If you don’t know who to contact, you can always call Autumn at the Office: (717) 920-9999 or (877) 617-7407, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can contact your chapter president or secretary and they should be able to give you the name and contact info of a PCB peer who will be happy to hear from you, listen to your ideas, and work with you to make your vision and passion a reality.
But maybe you like things just the way they are; and that is certainly your prerogative. The bigger question remains, however, how long will things remain just the way they are when membership is shrinking, leadership is wearying, we are all getting older, and projects tend to die on the vine? The math is not hard. All the trends are cause for concern. And there is really only one way these trends can be reversed: PCB needs you to step out, step up, and step in!