Monday, April 22, 2013

52 Ways to Use Your VRPS Membership: Week 17, The Race

Week Seventeen
by Nancy Turnage, VRPS Central Office

This post has nothing to do with VRPS membership ... but it does.  It seems that too often of late, our society has experienced tragedy - the stuff nightmares are made of.  If you are like me, the thoughts of shock and horror are never far from mind.  You worry for your loved ones, and you feel helpless as you plow through the day, because what choice do you have?

But you look around and take comfort in your support network.  Most adults spend most of their day, and their week, at work, running the rat race, so to speak.  If they are lucky, their network is no farther than the next desk, the next building, the next county.  Miriam-Webster defines networking as:

"the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically:  the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business."

VRPS strives to provide its members not only a professional society in which to help turn jobs into careers, but to turn careers into inspiration.  Your fellow VRPS-ers can be the ones that support you, and watch your back, for those many professional hours, as do you for them.

We're not just a single runner out for a long jog in our respective lives and localities; we're a collection of them.  And so, together, we're a pack of marathoners, training together, and setting each other up for success.  We're the event staff with water bottles and first aid kits.  We're the promoters with medals and words of admiration.  We're the friends and family on the sidelines, cheering you on.

Stay Strong, Relevant, and Engaged.  Now more than ever.

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