Hello Dear Reader! In June this year I was recognized by PASS as with an Outstanding Volunteer Award. In an unusual move I found myself speechless. This is a very quick post to give the true credit where it is due. June was a very busy month for me and I had a blog post scheduled to post it in July, but… let’s just say a couple things happened on the way to the theater. The timing felt a bit wrong.
“So Balls”, you say, “Why blog about it now?”
Great question Dear Reader. The original blog was a big Thank You, and I want to say that in earnest. The reason I received my award was for a lot of the work and presentations I’ve done this year. 32 presentations so far in 2014 with 9 more planned out and hopefully a couple more to come.
These presentations don’t happen in a vacuum. I’ve been very blessed as a presenter and community member. I’ve written recently about how SQL Saturday’s impacted my life. This year friends in the community invited me to new and wonderful locations. Mike Walsh (@Mike_Walsh| Blog) and 1/2 of my future law firm of Biguns & Balls Jack Corbett (@UncleBiguns | Blog) started out my January in New Hampshire from there I've presented physically and remotely in Florida, Puerto Rico, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, California, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Colorado, Georgia, with more before the end of the year. That doesn’t include Webinars where people from all over the world signed up to attend.
If you attended, were forced to attend, dragged, cajoled, or otherwise persuaded to attend I Thank You. Dear Reader without you it doesn’t happen.
For the organizers, who put in their time, put on events, get sponsors, volunteers, and manage the process Thank You. My time to present is a pittance compared to the effort it takes to lead a group and the hours that you put in. Many Thanks for letting me be part of your group.
To PASS, the volunteers (the literally HUNDREDS of volunteers from SQL Saturday’s, program committees, Leadership Staff, down to the volunteer picking up coffee a noble and thankless job), Chapter Leaders, the employees whom I see and send emails to for the Summit or SQL Saturday’s, and all of those who I do not see Thank You.
Your hard work helps create an environment that allows our community to thrive. There have been lots of fantastic winners already this year. I encourage you to check out the PASS page of Outstanding volunteers here. Chances are if you’ve been to an event this year one has touched your life.
A Quick late-CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Shawn McGehee (@SQLShawn | OPASS) who is the August Outstanding volunteer. Shawn is the Chapter Leader for OPASS and has done an incredible job. He is leading the charge for our Pre-Cons for SQL Saturday Orlando amongst many, many other things! Way to GO Shawn!!
To my friend who nominated me, the beers on me. To anyone who wants me to present and I haven’t presented for you. If I’m in your area or you need a virtual presenter, shoot me a message on twitter or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m always happy to help.
ONE MORE THING
“So Balls”, you say, “You’ve said Thank You, anything else?”
Why Yes Dear Reader! Yes there is one more thing, actually 4 more things. I got something big that I cannot share quite yet. In celebration of the community and the influence you’ve had on my life I want to give something back.
So in October I’m going to blog a community script a week. These will be scripts that people have asked for, as I’ve presented that I never found the time to get out there, plus a couple new ones. One a week leading up to the PASS Summit in November.
As Always Dear Reader, Thanks for stopping by.