I’ve been tasked with writing a farewell note, but I feel like this is more of a “see you later” than a farewell. In late 2012, I was nominated to sit on the board of a local healthcare charity. Not knowing who my competition was and whether or not I’d be voted in, I accepted that nomination. I soon found out that I’d been voted in as a board member for the Jessie Trice Community Health Foundation. This kind of honor could not be turned down, so I volunteered my time with both the RDIA and the JTCHF. However, I quickly felt overwhelmed by my volunteer responsibilities and obligations I have to my business. In weighing my priorities, my local community volunteerism triumphed. Therefore, I have stepped down from my board duties with the RDIA.
The work and projects being handled by the RDIA are so important to the future of our businesses. I couldn’t imagine not being affiliated with the association and I’m sad that I won’t be able to represent our members in an official capacity at this time. However, I feel so encouraged each time I speak to a fellow cloth diaper business owner. We all have so much insight and enthusiasm for our industry! I’d like this “see you later” note to be a call to action for any one of you who has an hour or five to give a week or a month. The RDIA will continue to thrive through member participation and volunteerism. How can you help? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your professional background along with what programs and projects you’re interested in. If you don’t have volunteer time, please participate in webinars, share information about the association and reply to emails – your opinions really do matter!
I’d like to thank the members of the RDIA for believing in me enough to vote for me and I’d also like to thank the board members current and past for their time and direction during my short tenure. It is my strong believe that as my business continues to grow, I will be able to join the ranks of the RDIA Board of Directors once again. Until then, you’ll see me on the sidelines: participating and volunteering here and there. So, I’ll see you later!
Mother Earth Diaper Service, Inc.
Former Board Member & RDIA Secretary
Have you registered for tomorrow’s webinar yet?
In 2009, Kim Webb created a line of eco-friendly cleaning products that has now become one of the industry’s most recognizable brands: Rockin’ Green. You are invited to join Kim on February 27th at 2:30 p.m. to learn how to develop a successful brand for your business.
- Who do you want to be? You know your business better than anyone. Learn how to turn your vision into a successful brand.
- Wonder how to become recognizable to customers? An effective marketing strategy can turn your start-up into a nationally or even globally recognized name.
- Want to know how to stand out against your competition? Use the market, the industry, and your own personally developed network to your advantage.
It’s not too late to register. Just click here, fill out your information, & receive a confirmation with a link to the webinar.
See you tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (EST)!
EcoBaby and Home store in Naples, Florida.
I have truly enjoyed my time on the RDIA Board. There are certain times when our businesses arrive at a crossroads, and need more time and attention. For me, this is one of those times, and I will be giving my store and service all my attention going forward.
The Board has met the objectives set out for them including the Accreditation program of which I was proud to be part of. This established a laboratory testing program as well as the adoption of best practices to benefit our industry.
I have seen the Board work to be more transparent by their communications with the members in various formats including blogs, twitter, facebook, webinars and more. I urge you as you go forward to continue this trend; our membership growth and continued success depends on it.
It has been my pleasure to be able to work with so many other people that are devoted to the goals of advancing, networking and promoting the cloth diaper industry. I can attest to, and will continue to be an advocate of RDIA, as well as a witness to how accreditation can boost your business. Please call me anytime for anything I can do to help with along those lines.
Thank you everyone for your help, inspiration, and friendship. See you at the changing table!
EcoBaby & Home
The Real Diaper Industry Association board held their annual board meeting Monday, October 14th and elected new officers to lead the association during this exciting time of growth for the cloth diaper industry.
|Catherine Bolden, Chair
||Michelle Caparoula, Vice Chair
|Mia McDonald, Secretary
||Dennis Frederick, Treasurer
Earlier this year, we asked each of the RDIA board members about their cloth diaper use and their involvement in the industry.
Why do you participate in RDIA?
Catherine Bolden: “I want to share benefits of reusable diapers to educate people to shift to a more reusable lifestyle.”
Michelle Caparoula: “In order to be an effective advocate for cloth diapers, you have to be a skilled mythbuster – and that requires knowledge of solid evidence-based in research. It’s a priority of mine to make sure that evidence gets disseminated to RDIA members and ultimately to current and potential cloth diaper users.”
Mia McDonald: “I hope to help pool the resources and talents of other cloth diaper business owners while promoting cloth diapers back into the mainstream so as many families and communities can take advantage of all the benefits that come with their use.”
Dennis Frederick: “I am participating on the board because I very much want RDIA to succeed as a voice for a growing and dynamic industry.”
We would also like to thank the outgoing officers who will be continuing their service on the RDIA board of directors.
- Mandi Meidlinger, (Jillian’s Drawers), retailer; RDIA Secretary, 2010-2011; RDIA Chair, 2011-2012
- Peter Allen (Do Good Diapers), diaper service; RDIA Treasurer, 2011-2012
And outgoing board members whose terms ended this year:
These RDIA members have given so much of their personal and business time to lead both this organization and this industry to success. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to current or previous executive board members via our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (RealDiaperIndustry) accounts.
The Real Diaper Industry Association is pleased to announce the 2012 Annual Meeting, which will be held on Monday, October 15th, 2012 at the ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. While this event is not required of members, it is highly recommended because it gives each member a chance to network with other industry professionals. If you have not yet registered for the annual meeting, you can register on the event website.
The meeting will be held in room C-108 of the Kentucky Expo Center, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All attendees are encouraged to get involved in social media. Whether you communicate best through Facebook, Twitter (@RealDiaperIA) or Instagram (RDIA12) – get involved!! Members will be using the hashtag #RDIA12 on Twitter and Instagram to create buzz about this fantastic event. We will be retweeting, reposting, and streaming your contributions – what are you waiting for?!
Following the annual meeting, all members of the RDIA are cordially invited to attend a luncheon social, held in conjunction with the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA). This hour-long social will also be held in room C-108. Registration is $25, which covers the cost of lunch. All additional donations benefit the Real Diaper Industry Association.
If you wish to register for the lunch/social, please do so by registering on the event page. REGISTRATION ENDS AT 6PM ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH.
We look forward to seeing each of you at the meeting and wish you happy travels on your way to Louisville!