Opening Words from Sun. June 25 by Travis Williams

Good morning!

The Society is now, and will always be, a very special place for me. I know we all have stories about how we came here and what this place and these people mean to us.

I also know that each one of us will help to determine what this place becomes, or fails to become, by our efforts and our involvement.

I am part of the process that is making this place a better home for my family and for every person that walks through our doors. One of the ways I do that is by volunteering my time and service.

I’m currently chairing the Lay Leadership Development Committee. This is a new committee of the Board of Trustees that was created during the last several years. We are a small group that is looking for ways to increase member involvement in the Society.

What we’re really trying to do is make sure that everyone has a place here. Our committee wants to make sure everyone has the opportunities to grow as lay leaders within our Society, and also that our members that are currently leading don’t get burned out.

We are in the process of reaching out to everyone that is leading a committee or team, or organizing an activity and making sure they have the support they need.

We want to reach out to each of the 369 members of our Society to find out where we can match you up with existing programs. We will be surveying the membership to find out what you’re passionate about, what you’re knowledgeable about, and what you are currently doing, or are interested in doing, here at the Society.

We will also be working with Kate as she creates a curriculum to train interested members in becoming lay leaders. The AEU has been hosting a Lay Leader Summer School for a full week every 2 years. I was fortunate to be asked to go last year, and I am excited to see what Kate comes up with to allow us to all get a taste of that here at home.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a lay leader within the Society, or just about becoming more involved in making our home a better place, I hope you’ll reach out to me. Thanks!

NOTE: The ideas and opinions in this post do not necessarily express the thoughts or opinions of the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.