In presenting the award, Bridgett Pincus cited my past service to the League including Board President, nominating committee, Program VP, bylaws, Northeast Evening Unit, and Voter Editor. The awards committee also noted community service through my professional social service career. As of this posting (May 2014), I am expanding my knowledge of collective impact work in human services as a Senior Associate in Strategic Resources and Public Policy at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
My mom was a member of the League, but I didn't just join as a legacy. I wanted to be around people with her combination of smarts, commitment and curiosity, practicality and independence. I was originally invited to the League by the late Gloria Walker. I had written a letter to the Enquirer about Hamilton County elections, and Gloria read it and wrote me back encouraging me to try the League. So, I thought I'd just send a contribution, maybe go to a meeting or two and that would be that but... well, over time she and her and her colleagues sucked me in - to a unit, to a committee, to the board.
My favorite of many League tasks over the years has been helping to write study pages on various topics; we always work in teams, sharing drafts back and forth, checking each other's work, boiling complex information down into briefing materials for people who deeply care about getting the details and the implications right.
It's a lifestyle, really, and although my level of active participation waxes and wanes, I suppose I'm a lifer.