Introductions and Exciting Times!
June 3, 2019
Good evening! (At least, it’s evening as I write this!) After a little over a month getting to know the staff, the members who were at convention, and learning as much as I can about Sertoma and Hearing Charities of America, I’d like to take a minute to officially say hello and tell you something about myself!
First, professionally: I’m coming to you most recently from the National Auctioneers Association, where I served as Director of Education for six years. It was a fantastic experience with a great organization! NAA is a membership based professional organization that provides education, promotion and advocacy for the auction industry. I got to learn a lot about the auction industry… most notably that I can never be an auctioneer!
I’m also a native of Kansas City who went to graduate school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. After working at an art magazine in New York, I moved back and began work with a professional association publishing and editing their publications. I moved into supervising all communications, then marketing, then meetings, membership… and the rest is history!
I’m still living in Kansas City today with my wife, Angela, and two sons who are nine and eleven. And as a result, I spend a lot of time on soccer fields and basketball courts, depending on the time of year!
People have asked me what my first impressions have been of Sertoma and HCOA, and I’m happy to share them! First, it’s super interesting to be involved with an organization that isn’t based around a profession! I had a blast meeting everyone at Convention, and I hope I get to see an awful lot more of you next year! I’m already proud as heck of the staff and the fantastic job they’ve done with both Sertoma and HCOA, and I’m excited to see where we can go in the coming years. It’s clear we’ve got the core of a dedicated team in the Board, Staff, and in club leadership.
The other question I got the most at Convention was regarding vision, and what my vision is for Sertoma. I don’t mind telling you I was extremely ill-equipped to answer that question in April!! Now, though, I can say that I personally have a few goals in the coming months and years for the work we do here in the National Office:
- First, I’d like to draw a much tighter connection between the work we do with HCOA and Sertoma. HCOA is able to do a lot of the work it does because of you, a focused group of dedicated Sertomans, and I want to be sure everyone knows it!
- Second, I’d like us here in Kansas City to be a lot more communicative and vocal in interacting with you. You’re probably already aware of it, but we’ve created a members-only Sertoma group on Facebook that you can join here. Through that group, some new looks to our electronic communications, and posts like these, I’d like us to be more “out there” than we’ve been.
- Finally, I’m excited to bring Vision 2020 to fruition. I know there are a lot of feelings around this program. I’m confident that we can do some great things with this program. It’ll help us develop the right trainings for you. We’ll also be able to communicate much faster with you, with our talented group of Communication Specialists bringing issues back to us. And we’re excited to tie our hearing health mission back to the activities you’re already doing in your clubs through our Mission Specialists! If you’d like to volunteer… there’s still time! Watch you inbox to learn how or call us at 816.333.8300!
And with that, as I said a lot of times during our Staff Meeting this morning (that lasted from 9:30 to 11:00!), I’ve spent all my time talking. Let me hear from you! Put some questions and comments here, or come to our Facebook group and talk with us!
Thank you so much for bringing me into your Sertoma family!!
- Aaron Ensminger, CAE