Why I'm Going to the 2011 RESULTS International Conference
This is my tenth or eleventh International Conference. I can remember bringing my youngest daughter one year when she was still young enough to need child care. Now she’s twenty-three years old. It’s wonderful when I think about how she has advanced from playing around on the hotel elevators to lobbying members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Now that she’s almost finished her masters and will become a English teacher for inner city high school students, I can see that her passion for people was spawned in the chambers of RESULTS.
One of the things I have noticed about going to the International Conference is that it gives me perspective. As grassroots volunteers, we spend most of our time and energy contacting our members of Congress, writing to our local papers, and trying to introduce RESULTS to our community. These are worthy endeavors but sometimes it’s hard to see the impact of that work. Going to the RESULTS conference is like climbing to the top of a tall tree. As I look out from the top, I can see beyond the everyday view to the distant reach of RESULTS around the world. I remember that I almost cried the first time I saw all the people from each U.S. state and all the other countries where RESULTS has taken root. I had no idea of its expanse. Nor had I realized, until I heard the lists of accomplishments, what we as an organization had done. It is both humbling and invigorating to sit together and listen to the stories from all around the world of our people working steadily, patiently, persistently and diligently toward a coordinated and common end.
Suddenly, one realizes the impact and that makes me want to continue.
I want you to have the same experience.
So I hope you will join me at the RESULTS International Conference this year. Not only will you meet good people from all over the world working like you to end poverty, but you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for the dedicated staff and for the amazing organization that RESULTS is — and of which you are a part.