Every week I spend some time pondering my topic for the week’s blog. I ask my Communications Team, Liz and Dae, to send some ideas my way, and they are always very good about it. But today I spent some time reading back through some old blogs and noted a pattern. In many of the blogs I am asking for feedback — from you — the valued members of the MCBA.
But there is a problem, and I am really concerned about it. I have been back and forth in my head as to whether or not I say anything to you. I lie awake at night wondering whether or not something is wrong, and asking myself, should I say something. I finally decided I need to talk with you about it. I like to think we have an open relationship and we can talk honestly with each other.
So here goes. I write and write and write these blogs, and in many of them, I am seeking your input and counsel. My question is this — why have you never written back? To be completely forthcoming, there are about 3 of you that write back on a regular basis: Barbara Orenstein, Sharron Porcellio and Gene Clifford — and thank god they do. A few of you have written once on a particular topic, but not often. It is easy to feel a slight onset of paranoia!!
Here are some of the themes and questions I have been asking over time:
Awards Committee — last week I wrote about what an honor it was to be celebrated recently as an Athena Finalist. I went on to say we all deserve to be celebrated. The purpose of last week’s blog was to encourage you to nominate a friend or a colleague for one of the many MCBA or Foundation Awards. I have not received any nominations.
Social Media — how are we using it? Is it an effective form of communication to you? We have lots of friends out there, because you join the various media platforms, but we never hear from you?!
BarSTOP — this is our new 3rd Thursday of every month tradition at 5pm at the Hyatt. We came up with this idea because there were repeated requests in recent member surveys for more social events that provided opportunities for networking. So we created BarSTOP — a no registration required, free event. These are great events, but I am really hoping to hit 75 attendees this month. Please join us on Thursday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m. Bring friends and colleagues!!
Mentoring — remember that one? I wrote about the person that gave me my first opportunity. Sister Mary Alice Roach. I was calling on all of you to think back to the person that believed in you that first time, and gave you your first chance, and to come back to us and sign up to be a mentor. If I could collect a dollar for every member that has recommended that we need mentors for the young attorneys, I could take myself away for a nice weekend vacation.
And then of course, I have had countless blogs trying to engage you in talking to me about ideas for new member benefits. This is what we are all about? Membership. Benefits. Services. Opportunities. Engagement. Help me/us do it better!!
And to all of these, with the exception of Sharron, Barb and Gene, you have been incredibly quiet and unresponsive. And I know you – you are not a group that lacks opinion. I know you are busy attorneys and I don’t mean this to be a burden, but your feedback is valuable. I think we are pretty good about soliciting opinions. In reality, we can’t make everything happen, but you know we will work hard to fulfill as much as we can.
So HELLO — is anyone out there? Is anyone listening? How can we make this a better bar? I can’t do it without you!
Thanks for checking in…