Yesterday, someone asked me if I'm stepping down from any of my volunteer positions in the coming school year.
For those of you who don't know, I volunteer with PTA and with Girl Scouts a lot. On the PTA side, I'm on the board at Nadia's middle school and I'm on the board at the PTA Council level (Council oversees 12 school PTAs in the local area with training and support). I've been involved with PTA for 8 years now at various schools and at the Council level for 4 years now.
On the Girl Scout side, I am a troop leader for Nadia's troop (I was involved with Damian's troop when he was in elementary and middle school, not so much now though). I started Nadia's troop when she was in 2nd grade, so this is my 6th year as a leader. I'm also the manager of our local Service Unit - it's similar to the PTA Council in that we oversee troops in the local area, but there are about 40 troops of all levels and sizes. This is my 3rd year as SUM. It's a lot of work, especially during Girl Scout Cookie season! But I love this position a lot.
Anyway, back to the question...by the time I answered it, I was rambling on. My answer was so convoluted because I am stepping down from a couple of positions in PTA but taking on another one at the District level, which I'm not thrilled about. (District oversees about 120 local PTAs in the San Fernando Valley.) And it got me thinking - why am I doing it if it's not making me happy? Or is it? I'm not a weak person to just say yes to everything someone asks me to do.
I know some of you are raising your eyebrows at me. No, really, I'm not. I CAN say no if I really want to. I have said no a few times - just not very often. lol
The thing is that change needs to happen in our schools. At so many levels, change needs to happen. Having been involved in schools on various levels and committees, I see where some of those changes need to happen. And if we all say "well, that won't affect me or my kid" then how will anything change? That mentality happens all the time, and not just in the schools. I know I've said it to myself when I'm tired or overwhelmed with everything that I have to do. We've all said it - some more than others, but that's for another post. But we have to band together to make things better for society as a whole.
And so...if not me, then who?
If not you, then who?