Gretchen Johnsom

A Message from our President, Gretchen Johnson

As we enter 2018, I begin my last six months as InterCom’s president. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve. But I also know that the younger board members who have joined our team in the last two years bring an incredible energy and excitement to our professional association. That means great opportunities are ahead for all of us and it is time to let them lead.

If you were able to join us for our annual Holiday Gathering at The Union in December, you may have felt the same excitement and momentum that I experience every time we come together. I was impressed by the many ideas shared in informal discussions — new ways of connecting, new ideas for programming and new technologies that can extend our reach and deepen our professional development. These ideas came from a cadre of new members and prospective members.

The success of this event was in large part due to the work of our young board leaders. I can only imagine what the future may hold under their guidance. But they cannot do it alone.

If you are seeking to grow professionally, I’d like to suggest you consider contributing to InterCom in a more formal capacity. Join the board or volunteer to serve on a committee and help shape our association’s future. As Ambraham Lincoln said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” And you can create your own future while also contributing to the betterment of our shared profession — and the greater Kalamazoo community —by serving InterCom.

The rewards I’ve earned from my InterCom board service far outweigh any work it required. It has enriched my life personally as well as professionally. Beyond the vast professional network it assured, I have gained many friends. I look forward to continuing to support and contribute to this important group in a new capacity. And I look forward to many exciting changes ahead.

This piece was written by Gretchen Johnson, InterCom President and President/CEO of WordPlay Marketing Communications, which specializes in helping individuals and organizations develop messages and tell powerful stories. A common thread among clients is their desire to reach higher ” and connect with and engage their stakeholders ” for the purpose of creating lasting and positive change.