Coordinator's Column I have always been a fan of Maya Angelou, long before I became a speech-language pathologist and certainly well before her appearance at our recent ASHA Convention was announced. One of my favorite excerpts from her work states that “since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   March 01, 2013
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Coordinator's Column   |   March 01, 2013
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SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 3. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.3
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2013, Vol. 23, 3. doi:10.1044/vvd23.1.3
I have always been a fan of Maya Angelou, long before I became a speech-language pathologist and certainly well before her appearance at our recent ASHA Convention was announced. One of my favorite excerpts from her work states that “since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence, neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish, it is an imponderably valuable gift” (Angelou, 1993, p. 6).
I was reminded of this quote twice recently, both times in the context of discussing Special Interest Group (SIG) 3, first, while acknowledging our past coordinators and again as I e-mailed the new coordinating committee members for 2013. As we speed toward a new year, and as we consider the goals for our group moving forward, I think it's important for us to take a moment and consider the huge measure of time that volunteers have so generously devoted to SIG activities and ASHA endeavors. What motivates this crew of volunteers to devote their precious bits of spare time to SIG 3 tasks? It certainly isn’t glamorous, and we’ll never have our own reality show (although sometimes I think we should!). Nevertheless, SIG 3 continues to show that you don’t need a membership of 10,000 people to be able to maintain a vigorous team of volunteers that do great things. There are many opportunities to get involved and to contribute, whether you have a lot of time to give or just a little. Whether it's serving as a content reviewer for the Practice Resource Project, writing a post for ASHA's blog (“ASHA-sphere”), keeping posts current on the ASHA Community (including SIG 3's) or on the University of Iowa's VoiceServe, serving on a working group, or simply attending the affiliate meeting at the ASHA convention, every contribution whether large or small is, as Dr. Angelou says, “an imponderably valuable gift” (Angelou, 1993, p. 6). The ASHA Board of Directors elections will begin in April. Please watch your email for voting information.
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