A Not-about-Antarctica Blog Post

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So I was intending to write another blog post about Antarctica, but I just haven't managed to get the time.  And it's now been several months, so I thought perhaps I should just update you all on my IET happenings since I got back.  It's been a busy few months, and a really busy few weeks - I've had three IET meetings on three Saturdays in a row.  I mean, who needs weekends?   The first was a Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CCAP) meeting in Taipei, where we talked to the local volunteers, discussed the upcoming Asia Pacific Volunteers' Conference, and continued to work on the CCAP Strategy.  That's all I'm going to say on that though - I'll be writing a blog post on the CCAP blog all about the meeting, so if you're interested, head over there in a day or two, and read all about it!

The following weekend I went to Brisbane to attend the Student Recruitment and Retention Campaign (SRRC) meeting, as well as drop into the Australian Forum meeting.  At SRRC we talked a lot about getting SMART goals for the programme, and it's pretty exciting seeing some of the things that are happening.  I had some boisterous discussions with the Australian Forum members - but at the end of the day, I think we all appreciate that we're all volunteers, trying to do the best we can!  It was really good getting the insight into both committees, and seeing how they work.  Plus I always like meeting the local volunteers!

Finally, two days ago I went to the New Zealand National Present Around the World (PATW) competition, which was won by the speaker from Auckland, Elinor Swery, who gave a very interesting talk on cognitive technology and chat bots - for more info on the speakers, see the blog post Moana has written.  I'm looking forward to seeing her present again at the regional final, along with the representatives from the other countries in Asia Pacific.  I suspect it's going to be a tough competition to judge, if this weekend's event was anything to go by.  PATW was followed by a NZ Forum meeting, where we spent a lot of time talking about the role of Forum, MoUs with other organisations, and the Prestige Lecture.  I felt it was a really good meeting, with some good decisions made.  Now hopefully we can make it all happen!

So that's been my past few weeks, and I now have a to-do list as long as my arm (at least that's how it feels)...  If you'd like to know more about anything we talked about, just ask smiley.
Posted by Karla Smith on May 15, 2017 3:55 AM Europe/London

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There's obviously more than one IET volunteer resident in New Zealand (aka Godzone), but I don't think anyone else is blogging yet, so first in, first served (mwahahahaha).  I volunteer in a variety of roles - currently I'm a committee member of my Local Network (South Island), a member of NZ Forum, and chair of the Communities Committee - Asia Pacific (CC-AP) (which also means I'm a member of the Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC)).