By Linda Zimmerman, ASF
I still own a typewriter. I still use a calculator. The only thing I can do with my phone is talk into it. And I’ve held the same job for more than a dozen years. So by now you’ve figured out that I’m not a millennial or from Generation X!
In the years that I’ve handled ASF’s membership, I’ve seen the resources I have to do my work change from a PC software program on my desk to a database I access through the Internet. When I began in 1997, I didn’t have an e-mail address, and an ASF website was still a dream.
I know from personal experience the changes that have taken place at ASF over the years. And so do many of ASF’s members.
Nearly 50% of ASF’s foundation members joined at least 10 years ago. And more than 60% of those who joined in 1995, ASF’s first year, are still members.
Although the ASF of 2012 is a far cry in some respects from the organization they joined then, it’s clear that they continue to find the relationship a valuable one. One reason may be that, although they’re doing the same work, the world around them has changed, and ASF has been changing with it.