By Beth Maser, DC/SLA President
Wow! I cannot believe it is already December. It seems like I was just handed the gavel from Deena.
What a year we have shared together as a chapter. DC/SLA still continues to be a thought leader within
SLA. Working with incoming President, Blane Dessy, we have reached out to the staff at HQ and offered
our chapter up to be the pilot for new membership initiatives. Both parties are extremely excited about
seeing how we can increase our membership numbers and our reach within the DC-area and expand the
number of job titles to which we can market. If you have any ideas or thoughts you would like to share
regarding these efforts, please do not hesitate to reach out to Blane or myself.
Throughout the year, I have continuously promoted the call for volunteers. SLA continues to thrive
under our collective volunteer leadership. Many of our volunteers have made long term commitments
to SLA and have continuously served in leadership positions of note, both at the local and national
levels. There is ample room for new and emerging leadership at DC/SLA. In fact, many of the names on
the incoming Board are new to leadership. Some are new to the profession and others have been
members for well over a decade. I could not be more excited to see what next year brings as they begin
to work together and reach out to their networks for new ideas and their successors. Our membership
can only continue to benefit from these combined efforts. This is a great time to be a part of DC/SLA!
As they year draws to a close and I leave the chapter in very capable hands, I wish all of you a very happy
and healthy holiday season. I hope 2017 is a professionally rewarding one for all of you. Be encouraged
to volunteer, grab a leadership opportunity, mentor a new member of our community, and embrace
change. Cheers and best wishes.