December 12, 2018
As we approach the upcoming Spring Semester I can’t help but begin to feel nostalgic. It was at the spring conference last year that Wisconsin PTK members voted me, as well as Heather and Mary, into office. I still can remember the many hours spent writing my speech, and the late night practice sessions in front of my family, friends, and advisors. From that day, my life changed for the better.
When I attend PTK events, I am often asked, What is it like to be a regional officer? or What kind of responsibilities do you have? or How can I become a regional officer?
Well the application forms are on the Regional Website, so I figured now is a great time to answer these questions.
Q: “What is it like to be a regional officer?”
A: To keep it short and sweet, it’s AWESOME! Not only do I get to learn more about myself and do things I never imagined, I also get to work alongside with amazing individuals to help instill what PTK means to us. While having fun of course!
Q: “What kind of responsibilities do you have?”
A: Regional officers assist during the conferences and during our weekly meetings. We provide feedback, brainstorm ideas, speak in front of groups, present workshops, create projects, and more. The goal is to do what is best for the region and its members. Something unique about my position is my college hosts the spring Regional convention. When your chapter hosts, it does require a little more time because you will help set things up and ensure the conference goes over smoothly.
Q: “How can I become a regional officer?”
A: To become a regional officer, go to https://ptkwisconsin.org/resources/ and look under the Regional Leadership Opportunities tab. Then, read through the Intent to Run form to see if this is something you want to pursue. If you’re having a hard time determining if this is the right fit for you, reach out to your advisors. They can help steer you in the right direction for what position they believe you are be best suited. Once you have determined which position you would like to run for, fill out the form, and send it to the Regional Coordinator, Linda Duffy, by March 1st. After that has been sent, you should begin preparing your campaign and composing the speech you’ll present on March 9th.
I highly recommend becoming a regional officer. It is a great opportunity to be pushed outside your comfort zone, grow as a leader, and become more aware of your potential. If you need any additional help throughout this process or have follow up questions, feel free to reach out to your advisors, the regional coordinator Linda Duffy, the associate regional coordinator Jennifer McIntosh, or your regional officer team. We are more than willing to help!
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