September 25, 2013

On the Road: Volunteers, What Would We Do Without You?!

There are so many joys that come with being an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Phi. From the preparations of work week, to the first time the doors open filled with potential new members, and then finally, to the excitement that comes with Bid Day. As ELCs, we are lucky enough to be a part of these experiences through the recruitment process, helping chapters reach their full potential. 

We all know that there are countless hours spent behind the scenes doing anything and everything to get all parts of recruitment just right. But what we don’t always realize is the people we don’t see are the ones making it all happen. And it doesn’t just stop with recruitment – these efforts are year round.

So who do we all owe our immense gratitude to? None other than the fabulous women who are Alpha Phi volunteers. These volunteers are made up of advisors, team leads for chapters on extension and even moms! Without these wonderful women, our chapters would be missing a key component of what makes Alpha Phi so great. As a collegian, I was fortunate enough to work with some amazing volunteers, but as a consultant, I have seen the work they do on a different, much larger scale. Now that I’ve been on the road for two months, I have had the extreme joy of working with multiple fervent and dedicated volunteers. They not only put their time and effort into these chapters, but they put their whole heart into what each of these chapters is capable of accomplishing.

I have worked with alumnae volunteering for their collegiate chapters, as well as volunteers from other chapters working with a chapter in the area they live in (even driving down to help). I have constantly been amazed with the positive influence each one has had on the chapter, as well as how respected they are. Our chapters are lucky to have them, and they play a crucial role in the chapter’s success. It’s incredible to work alongside these women as well as the wonderful collegians that put in their tireless energy, effort, time and commitment.

We always say that Alpha Phi isn’t just for four years, it’s for life. These volunteers are terrific role models to all collegians because they prove that saying to be true. They spend their time working with Alpha Phi because they want to see it continue to flourish and grow beyond all measure.

I applied to be an ELC because I wasn’t ready to let the part of my life that was all things Alpha Phi go. But working with these volunteers, I have seen so many ways to keep Alpha Phi part of my life forever. I am so excited to continue this journey and meet more terrific volunteers!

Lauren Locke (Gamma Iota-Texas Tech) is a first year Educational Leadership Consultant.

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