National Press Club

What Have You Done For the Club Lately?

Angela Greiling Keane | November 8, 2013

What have you done for the Press Club lately? That's the question I constantly ask myself and that I challenged members to answer this year.

The Club is a lot of things to a lot of people, and the Club wouldn't be what it is without those same people - its members. Member volunteers are what make the Club the vibrant place it is.

I'd like to take an opportunity to thank so many people for answering that question of what you've done for the Club lately by doing so much.

It's easy to wait for the Club to give you what you want, to wait for someone else to deliver it. It's harder to plunge in and get something done, but so many members do it.

It would be impossible to name everyone who falls into this category and foolhardy to try. So rather than naming names, I'll note that without member volunteers and ideas, we wouldn't have this year's new jazz night in the Fourth Estate, statements making a difference about press freedom, a day-long journalism training boot camp, sold-out evenings with best-selling authors, an evening commemorating the role of the media in women's suffrage, newsmaking luncheon speakers or the option of soft-shell tacos at taco night. We wouldn't help Street Sense interns, bring fabulous winemakers to the Club for intimate dinners, have a renewed podcast, boast a new photo in the entry area, have taken a beer trip bringing together younger and seasoned members or have Meet the Press Club networking nights if not for members.

So, thank you to each of you for what you've done for the Club lately. The year's not over, but why wait until the end to say thank you?