VAS members, inside this issue of ODS you will find an article about "WoW" (World of Works). This event took place in Winchester, VA on October 24-25. I was fortunate enough to be a volunteer and help out at the VAS booth. This was an incredibly well attended event where seven local school districts brought their middle school aged kids to see trades and opportunities in the "working world." I was there on Wednesday with my VAS buddies Lisa Goodwin and Brent Evans. We didn't know what we were in for when those kids started to arrive. There were droves of 7th graders descending upon our booth left and right. The three of us were diligently trying to accommodate them with our robots, drone and even a quick lesson on how to use an engineer's scale. Then they were off to the next booth in hopes of finding their "career path." I underestimated how exhausted I was going to be after several hundred 7th graders passed under our noses! It was an awesome experience! I was fascinated with the way some of the kids were so interested, but then again some were not. You could tell right away which ones were excited about our craft and which ones weren't. Several kids that visited our booth asked some very intuitive questions which, quite frankly, caught me off guard a couple of times. We will probably never know how many of those kids will show an interest in surveying one day, but I do know that it was worth while to at least have their attention for a few minutes. They'll think about all they saw during those two days, and hopefully a few of them will say, "ya know Mom I thought that surveying stuff was pretty cool."
I cannot personally thank our VAS member volunteers enough. As President of this organization it made me thankful to have this position even though it is only temporary. I encourage everyone to get involved with these kinds of workforce development opportunities. It is imperative that we educate the general public about what we do and why we do it. In fact we had a number of teachers, reporters and other exhibitors stop and chat with us during the event. You can surely tell how much I enjoyed this event by the way I am rambling on in this article. Step up to the plate and participate fellow members, you will be glad you did!