5 www.ortrucking.org Issue 2 | 2022 ADVOCATING, EDUCATING, AND PROMOTING THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS will shape what our industry will look like a decade from now. Volunteering— particularly with an industry or professional organization—provides an opportunity to develop your leadership skills in many ways. Volunteers can gain different perspectives, build relationships, and master new skills— often, ones they might not have the time for or opportunity to work on at their jobs. In fact, volunteering for your professional organization can help build your career. In a survey for VolunteerHub, 92% of HR professionals stated that volunteering can help build leadership skills. In the same survey, 96% of volunteers stated that the action of volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life. And the same study stated that volunteerism improves health by strengthening the body, improving mood, and lessening stress in participants. And it has been estimated that the act of volunteerism has a value to the U.S. economy of over $184 billion. I know intuitively what the act of volunteerism means to the trucking industry. Those of you who have devoted your time to positions of leadership and acts of volunteerism have made the difference for your compatriots in the industry. This organization can make a difference to your business—from the broad range of policy issues to the programs and services we offer to membership. And all of that is decided by those who step up to volunteer. Many of you have devoted a large percentage of your time to OTA and are now facing retirement in the near future. It’s time for those of you who are newer to the industry to step forward and volunteer. It isn’t scary, and there will be a lot of support. But you are needed now more than ever. Call a board member, call OTA staff, show up at an event and let us know how you can help. You can, and will, make a difference! Get the latest on OTA training & events online at www.ortrucking.org/events.