The Volunteer Spirit
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
― Abraham Lincoln
What makes someone willing to leave their practice for three-to-four days, sacrifice practice revenue, leave families and commit valuable time to an organization? Loyalty, dedication and a commitment to AABP describe these individuals. The number of volunteer hours devoted to AABP each year is nothing short of inspirational.
We recently had our spring AABP Board of Directors meeting. Thirteen AABP district directors and seven executive committee members traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, on a Thursday and departed on Sunday. The business of running AABP requires many volunteer hours outside of these meetings with electronic voting, conference calls, review of documents and communication with members. AABP is comprised of 13 districts – two from Canada and 11 from the United States. These directors represent approximately 5,000 cattle veterinarians from diverse geographies and careers, including private practice, academia, industry, government and others.
During the meeting in Fort Worth, decisions (some difficult) were made that will impact and benefit the AABP for many years to come. Following are some examples of action items accomplished by your AABP Board of Directors: