At the end of the month I’ll be traveling for about twenty-four hours from Dallas to San Francisco then Hong Kong and finally to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend a meeting of the World Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) Team.
VOLUNTEERING — SEE THE WORLD
This will be the fifth in-person meeting since the team began in 2014. The meeting takes place at the World Organization of the Scout Movement’s headquarters. You can get a glimpse of the office from the photo of the team above at the entrance. That photo is from our meeting in 2015 just after the transfer of the World Scout Bureau office from Geneva, Switzerland, to KL and the opening of this brand new building and office.
The 2018 meeting will welcome several candidates to join the team. They will be bringing new perspectives (from different parts of the world), new ideas, and new skill sets as well as the potential to add significant capacity. Also in attendance will be our liaison with the World Scout Council as well as key professional staff members.
This team expansion has come about as the result of a decision by the World Scout Council to provide more funding and volunteer staffing to the World JOTA-JOTI Team, which represents the largest Scouting event in the world with 1.5 million Scouts taking part on the third weekend in October.
I’m looking forward to this meeting where we’ll complete our 2017 event report — our last work as the original team. Then we’ll meet with the larger group to review plans for 2018 along with our strategic plan covering the next several years. Then the fun will begin as we question everything and begin to build an even better event.
During this face-to-face meeting, I’ll also be discussing the amateur radio operation at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) with our team and in particular Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, who has led all the World Scout Jamboree amateur radio operations over the last several decades. That’s yet another exciting ham radio and volunteer adventure.
VOLUNTEERING — CLOSER TO HOME
That’s my volunteering update at the World Scout level. Here closer to home I’m delighted to see that the Radio Merit Badge pamphlet has been revised and updated to match the new requirements that were introduced at the beginning of 2017. That was one of my key projects in my role as Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Radio Scouting Committee. In addition, I was able to serve as chair of the K2BSA amateur radio operation at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.
As you can tell, volunteering is a big part of my retirement. Through volunteering I can help make a difference in the activities and organizations that are important to me. It also provides a way to use my skills, keep up to date, and pay it forward.
VOLUNTEERING — CAREER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY
Volunteering can also be fabulous for your career development. Not only that but It can also be extremely beneficial to your organization. Right Management’s blog post titled “Volunteering – Good for the Soul and Good for the Organization” dives into the benefits of volunteering to build your skills and experience. It also points out the benefits to the organization with employees engaging in stretch assignments, gaining new skills, and developing a broader outlook. And, it comes at no cost to the organization.
I also like their concept of using volunteering as a team or department activity to build relationships. I’ll note that my daughter Brooke had a department manager that asked every employee to log their volunteer hours for each month. That record then became part of their annual review. Plus, she also led a full department volunteer activity each year. She could clearly see that volunteering builds the individual, develops the team, and gives back to the community.
VOLUNTEERING — HARRY CARSON’S PERSPECTIVE
It also reminds me of one of my favorite bosses, Harry Carson at Heathkit. He was a Texas A & I grad (now Texas A & M Kingsville), worked for Schlumberger across oil field assignments, and then moved into HR. Schlumberger did not allow professional HR managers to run their HR departments. They wanted field managers to take on this assignment – interesting perspective.
When Schlumberger acquired Heathkit, Harry came to Benton Harbor. When Schlumberger sold Heathkit to Zenith, Harry got left behind… Working for him was a real plus. He could provide so much perspective on every aspect of work and he was always, always looking for problems. Many of those he tossed my way to resolve.
He was also always looking for talent to move into problem solver and leadership positions. He told me to pay particular attention to an employee’s outside activities. If they were leaders in their church or other organizations, he figured they could be leaders in our organization.
Volunteering makes a difference for you, for your organization, and it can help you find people who can make a difference – those who are already making a difference in their volunteering activities.
VOLUNTEERING — SHOWCASE YOUR EXPERIENCE
Another blog post of interest from Right Management is titled “How Volunteer Experiences Can Improve Your Resume.” I find the headline is too narrow.
It’s not only your resume that needs to show these new skills and experience, it’s your conversations with your boss, your team, as well as jumping on opportunities when they present themselves. Indeed, it’s about telling your full story and all the skills that you can bring to your next organization.
You’ve probably caught some of my earlier blog posts on volunteering. It’s a big part of my rewired career and life. It involves Scouting and my church. Plus, I get to learn so many new things along the way and make a difference. Those are both huge factors in my PathForeWord. Consider making them a part of your path.