Farewell from Mia McDonald

Mia-McDonald-origI’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 info@realdiaperindustry.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!

Mia McDonald
Mother Earth Diaper Service, Inc.
Former Board Member & RDIA Secretary