Ask Tim

Building Excitement

Executive Director Tim Lawrence has known SkillsUSA as a student member, instructor, industry partner and state director. Got a question? He can help.

Q: What do you think is the key to SkillsUSA's recent successes?

Tim: We’re successful because of you! Because of your involvement, last year was one of our best ever. Our membership grew to more than 280,000 — the highest in 25 years and the second best in our history. (We’ve now served 8.8 million members in 40 years.) We held our biggest and best national conference. Under the new official name SkillsUSA, we became better known and more visible than ever before. Whether you’re a student, advisor or business partner, you should be proud to be part of a winning organization —and that’s exciting.

This year and every year, I hope you are excited about the possibilities SkillsUSA holds for you personally. That’s the real key to success for the local chapter and throughout the organization. When you start the year excited and with passion for the organization, it will carry over to the people around you. If you’re a chapter advisor, your enthusiasm will spread to your students. If you’re a returning student member, you’ll have a positive influence on your peers, your school and community. And if you’re a new member, welcome! SkillsUSA is your professional organization, and I hope you will make the most of all its opportunities. You’ll soon be spreading the word yourself.

In this issue of SkillsUSA Champions, there are a number of people who’ve been successful personally and professionally because of their passionate belief in the organization. You’ll read about a former student member who conquered language and cultural barriers to have a world of opportunities in front of her. You’ll read about 14 high school and college students who, after being inspired to run for office, now serve as your national ambassadors and champions for SkillsUSA. And you’ll read about an advisor who turned a struggling program into one of the most successful in the nation. He not only inspires his students with his enthusiasm, he also gets everyone else in his school involved. The issue is packed with stories of people who got involved in SkillsUSA because of someone like him.

By following the example of these enthusiastic champions, this can be the year we rise to a new level of participation, partnership and public awareness. Again, you are the key. With your help, SkillsUSA will carry the momentum forward, and then you will be our future success stories and champions. End of story

Got questions about SkillsUSA or other topics? E-mail or send a letter to SkillsUSA / P.O. Box 3000 / Leesburg, VA 20177. Put “Ask Tim” in the subject line or mail address.

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SkillsUSA Champions | Fall 2005 | Volume 40, No. 1
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