Mr. Wolfe Goes to Washington


Rookie - on the road to Washington

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1 July 2005, Alexandria, VA

Today was my first day in office as Institute Director for the North Central Region. Nothing went wrong today, and I am enjoying my term so far. My calendar is pretty much open today, so I'll take a few minutes to recall some of the events that led to this momentous day.

August 2004. CSI elections aren't far off, and the North Central Region still doesn't have a candidate for Professional Institute Director. Through most of my CSI career, I've been a lone wolf, preferring those activities that can be done at my convenience, and avoiding politics.

After talking to several CSI friends who are current or past Institute directors, I am encouraged by their comments. They all tell me it's a lot of work, but they also tell me it's the most satisfying work they have done for CSI. A few reassure me about the politics, saying there really isn't much to worry about. Taking strength from their encouragement, I call my region's Institute directors, and tell them I am interested.

15 September. Today I learned that Gerard Capell, a friend from another chapter, is also in the race. I met Gerard several years ago in Alexandria; while I was serving on the Institute technical committee, he was a member of the Institute certification committee. He had impressed me then with his work for CSI, and in the years since I had heard many good reports of his work for the Milwaukee chapter. In the last year, Gerard performed an amazing feat, leading four chapters in organizing a region conference in less than a year.

Gerard and I ran a dignified race, free of petty squabbles

4 February 2005. After a friendly battle for office, the ballots are finally in the mail. One of our chapter members calls and tells me my name is not on the ballot. Not yet having seen one myself, I think, "That's an interesting way to lose an election!" As it turns out, there are many defective ballots; we are assured that replacements will be issued, and the results will be valid.

11 March. Terry Lunn, Institute Secretary, informs me that I will be the next Institute director from the North Central Region. One congratulatory message reads, "The good news is that you won the election. The bad news is that you won the election."

2006 Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, 

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