The holiday season is a time of reflection, and as I reflect on this past year I am reminded of the all that we have lost, but also all that we have gained. When times are tough, and we all know they are pretty tough right now, we need to remember to rejoice a little each day. Rejoice in the fact that you have your health, your families and friends, a roof over your heads, and food on our tables. We can also rejoice in the friendships we have made and continue to foster through our professional organization. This year is my 3rd year serving on the CSLA Southern Region Board. As I reflect on these past 3 years, I realize that I have had the opportunity to be a big part of some important work in helping our organization grow and change. I have always been a proponent and true believer in volunteer work, and have found that I cannot give without getting something back in return. Through my volunteer work, CSLA has given me the opportunity to help guide the organization in a positive and hopefully prosperous direction. I have developed relationships with fellow library professionals that have been fulfilling and inspirational. The most important thing I take from my volunteering with CSLA is the feeling of pride I get from the work we have accomplished this year. In the next few months our Past Presidents will start their search for future CSLA board members at the regional and state level. Don't pass up the opportunity to "Give" back to your organization. Don't wait to be asked, make the call yourself and volunteer, I did! Being a part of a professional organization is a fulfilling and rewarding experience, don't miss out on this great opportunity to serve.
The work we each do on our sites, district offices and beyond is important work for the students of our state. Rejoice each day in your contribution to their growth. Rejoice in learning something new, in giving back to your school, community, professional organization. Rejoice that teachers before you gave of themselves so that you have the opportunities you have today.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that
no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Kathie Maier, CSLAsr President 2011