I am going to try to write some short comments during this ACE regarding items that come up. The timing will be as I have time.
While attending ACE 2012, I noticed just how often people were quick to offer an opinion about something they did not like, but they seemed to be offering little other than the comment. Over the years, I have noticed that those who complained the most were most often either someone who was heavily involved long ago but did not like that things change or they simply are not involved for no real reason other than some excuse. Advice is helpful but if all someone has to offer is what they do not like, then there comes a point where they are part of the problem. Karen Fox, current president, made a point that we need an "association by participation." This is not a sit back and watch others work association. We are all volunteers. When we say AHDI needs to do something, what we are saying is that we, ourselves, need to do something. We need to have people who are involved in more than providing negative feedback and are getting involved. The world is filled with Monday quarterbacks, but far too few actually do anything beyond talking. I jokingly made the comment today that we should require that anyone who says “I do not like…” should be required to end the comment by saying “and I volunteer to actively make it that way.” If only..
Am I alone in this thinking?