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By Joe Meares, President, DSAIA
When my four kids were younger, each Easter, I would hide dozens of eggs around our house, yard and woods for them to find.
Once they gave up, it was up to me to walk the entire course to retrieve the eggs not found or to lead them to the still-hidden treasures.
This was logical because I’d hidden the eggs and only I knew where they all were!
If you think of your repository as a great big yard filled with Easter eggs and in some are exactly the treasure you’re seeking, then, please remember Deanna is the one who “hid the eggs”. Deanna KNOWS where all the treasures are.
OK, I thought of the Easter egg analogy after I asked Deanna for a pie chart with a breakdown of items in the repository and all the pretty colors reminded me of Easter eggs.
I REALIZE there is a risk in comparing items in our repository to well-hidden eggs, butundefinedit’s just an analogy!
I asked for the chart after visiting with several DSAIA members recently.
A couple of things I heard:
An E.D. was looking for something specific in the repository and couldn’t find it. She called another organization and borrowed their document. I asked Deanna to look for the same item and it turns out there are 18 examples in our inventory. This E.D. only saw one example.
A board president asked me if Deanna was a volunteer or staff. With the belief she was a volunteer, this board president wanted to respect Deanna’s time and seldom asked for help. She also said as a volunteer herself, she doesn’t always have time to find what she needs in the repository.
To be clear as a crystal egg-- Deanna is staff.
Deanna’s job is to provide support for DSAIA members. That SUPPORT includes leading you to the treasure- filled eggs in the repository. After all, only Deanna knows where everything is hidden.
We have over 800 items in our egg hunt now and it continues to grow. There has to be a limit of the categories, so, sometimes finding exactly what you want takes a little digging.
Helping you find what you need IS Deanna’s job and it’s a service your membership in DSAIA entitles you to.
I encourage all of you to take advantage and just ask where your golden egg is hidden.
The colorful pie chart also shows some thin slices. That will be the grits for my next blog and I’m sure Deanna will tell me when it’s due. That too, is her job!