I’ve never been one to shy away from learning something new and my NEO-RLS transcript can attest to that. I have attended countless conferences, workshops, and webinars facilitated by NEO; I’ve even facilitated a few. Yet, I never saw myself as doing more. When I was encouraged to run for the board, I balked at the idea. It never occurred to me that my voice would be welcome. Not that anyone made me feel like it wouldn’t be, I simply felt like it was a place meant for higher than my position; I’m not a librarian, manager, or supervisor. But it’s important to have our committees and Board reflect the totality of our membership, so I took on this new challenge. It didn’t take long for me to discover I had a different insight and perspective to offer, all of which has been eagerly accepted by my fellow members. And this has been a great experience for me. While learning more about our regional, and how our libraries collaborate, I learned new things about myself. I’m bringing my ideas to the table, chairing committees, and I’m even Vice President this year! I don’t know that I would have been confident about joining, if I hadn’t already built a solid foundation with NEO, so lay the groundwork now! Step out of your comfort zone and make it known that you want to be part of the change you want to see. Your voice is not only welcome, it’s necessary.