I look at my calendar and am reminded that ASTD Employee Learning Week is fast approaching. December 3 through 7 is a time set aside each year to focus on the impact made by employer-supported learning. If you haven’t already, start planning what you can do at your place of business to shine the spotlight on the importance and impact of workplace learning. Each year ASTD-Lincolnundefinedtogether with ASTD-Nebraskaundefinedcelebrates the event by having our governor proclaim Employee Learning Week in Nebraska. Also, we at ASTD-Lincoln would enjoy hearing how you acknowledge Employee Learning Week at your company.
On a sad note, we lost a member of ASTD-Lincoln recently. Claudius Shoniwa passed away September 30, 2012. Claudius was a very quiet man, but also a very recognizable member of our chapter. He was very involved with ASTD, mostly behind the scenes. He served on the Membership Committee for a number of years, and would volunteer for whatever needed to be doneundefinedfrom greeting people at monthly meetings to setting up or tearing down tables and chairs for a learning event. He was finally acknowledged for his contributions last year when he was honored with the ASTD-Lincoln Volunteerism Award. Claudius was the President of the Malone Foundation, and ASTD-Lincoln has made a contribution to the foundation in his memory.
Every October, members of our Board of Directors attend the ASTD Chapter Leaders Conference (ALC) in Washington, DC. We have five Board members making the trip this year and are looking forward to exploring ways to make our chapter stronger. We will be sharing ideas with ASTD chapters from all over the U.S. and making the kinds of connections we need to keep delivering high quality programming to you.
As always, I encourage you to make the most of your ASTD membership. You may contact any Board member with ideas or to investigate ways you can be more involved. Links to all of our email addresses are on the Chapter Board page of the website.