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15 May 2016

Anniethology: So Long, Farewell

It’s weird to think this is my last column. Our last breakfast meeting of the programming year is right around the corner. My year as president is coming to a close, and it’s gone shockingly fast.

We’ve had some great programs, but other board members have done a much better job summing that up. Instead, I want to talk about why I’m so glad I got involved in this group.

1)      It’s a great network to have. I’ve met so many people through this organization that I always know who to call when I have a question about something. The number of times I’ve called on a fellow MarCom member for help is immeasurable at this point.

2)      We support students! I love meeting students at our monthly meetings, and now that it’s been three years, seeing them come back once they’re employed in the field. And of course, we run an internship program for local students every year.

3)      Constant learning. I always come away with a new idea and feel like I’m staying current in our industry. I mean, last month’s virtual reality/augmented reality presentation was mind blowing.

4)      We’re all volunteers. Our board members all have jobs, families and a million things to do. But we dedicate time to help our field grow strong here in Spokane. Every year each board member figures out how to do their role a little better so we’re constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of our membership.

5)      We play well with others. There are other professional associations locally that have similar interests and even members, which is awesome. The more the merrier. In the next year, my successor Emily Easley and the leaders of PRSA and AAF have some great ideas on how to partner even better.

Anyway, I just want to say it’s been great, MarCom. I’m not exactly going anywhere as I’ll still be on the board. But my year as president will be over so I think they make me give back the crown. (Only kidding, I bought that tiara myself and will be keeping it.)

See you at the June breakfast and have a great summer!

By Annie Gannon, Spokane MarCom President