PRESIDENT'S MESSAGES | FALL 2003
By: Craig Dial, CRT
Vol-un-teer / valen'tire: person who renders aid, performs a service, or assumes an obligation voluntarily, or offers to perform a service of one's own free will
This organization is based on volunteers to function, without the people to come forward and volunteer; we would not have an organization. The dictionary states that a volunteer is one who assumes an obligation, or a person who performs a service willingly on his or her own free will.
After participating and observing how this conference in New Hope, PA went, I can honestly say that the AADMRT has a great number of helpful and active volunteers, and I am proud to have the pleasure of working with them. Throughout the weekend I saw that we have many people within our group who willingly offered their assistance when needed, giving their time, skills, and aid. This conference was generously filled with many people who were willing to help out when called upon, and many came forward to help gladly without any suggestion to do so, true volunteers.
I also observed another group helping each other and making our convention a memorable one. This other group was Imaging Sciences International (ISI). ISI held a meeting at their factory on Saturday as part of our seminar and C.E. credits. They set up transportation for us, gave us breakfast, provided a gourmet lunch (complete with great desserts), opened their factory for us to see and admire, provided informative speakers, and led us on an educational tour of their factory. But what impressed me most was the volunteers within ISI. These people came in on their day off, set up all the tables, worked many long hours prior to the meeting making sure everything was ready for us, and cleaned everything up afterwards. Their attitude was positive if not outstanding. You could see on their faces that they were happy to help, pleased to be a part of it all, and glad to finally meet the AADMRT group. I want to thank every one at ISI for a job well done, they deserve it, and we greatly appreciate their generosity.
Our group has many volunteers that have made this meeting a huge success. We would not have been able to do this meeting without them. I am proud of our entire group, and the fact that we as an organization can step up, help out, and happily assist when needed. You too should be proud of yourselves; as an example, I heard from several vendors that said they had never met a more supportive, organized, helpful, and overall friendly group of individuals. Thank you all for the continued support of the AADMRT, and I look forward to serving and working with you in the future.