President’s Message

By , August 27, 2012 1:44 pm

by Jennifer Hill

I was a sorority girl. Yes, it’s true. When I was an undergrad at the University of Cincinnati, I was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Joining a sorority was a pretty big deal for me because I had always been very content with having only a few close friends and with keeping a low profile. In high school I didn’t play sports or participate in student groups. I did work part time at a bowling alley (yes, that’s true, too) so I wasn’t a total slacker. The wallflower role was always a comfortable one for me so joining a group of women, many of whom were active leaders in the sorority and in university student life, was a big step.

I can’t say that after joining I did a 180 and became “Miss Campus Activities” because…um…that didn’t happen. Not even close. I did learn some things though and one lesson frequently plays in my head when I am thinking about LLOPS.  The sorority’s leaders used to emphasize this message: “You only get out of it what you put into it.” In other words, if you don’t actively participate then you will miss out on a lot of the benefits that come from being a part of the organization. Too bad I didn’t really follow their advice back then.

I’m older and wiser now though and I have learned that sentiment is absolutely true. That is why soon after joining LLOPS I volunteered for committees. I was new to Seattle and to firm librarianship and I knew I needed to cultivate some professional relationships and friendships. I am happy to say I have gained both. I have friends and colleagues from whom I can learn and can turn to when I need advice or need to “talk out” those work issues we all experience. I also have a great group of people to join for happy hour.

It’s so easy to pay your dues to get your name printed in the LLOPS Membership Directory but why not do more? Consider joining a committee or better yet, volunteering for a committee chair position. If your work and/or lifestyle just won’t allow such a commitment, then make an effort to attend LLOPS’ monthly meetings. Even if you only attend a couple of LLOPS social events you will add extra value to your membership. By participating you will meet some great people, you might learn a few things and LLOPS will mean much more to you. You only get out of it what you put into it. Take it from a slacker wallflower like me.

2 Responses to “President’s Message”

  1. Kristine says:

    Well said! Now I know why you’re so good at bowling . . .

  2. Robyn says:

    I’m trying to picture you rushing… :)

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