Message from Peter Cotgreave
On behalf of all the staff at the Microbiology Society, I would like to send a sincere thank you to those of you who freely give your time, energy and passion to support the Society. Without your support, we would not be able to look forward to delivering on projects that many of you are involved with in 2019 and beyond.
As a volunteer herself, President Judith Armitage has personally been overwhelmed by the continuous support and encouragement shown towards the Microbiology Society by active member volunteers involved in committees, organising events and in particular those who have helped whilst she has been settling into her new role.
2018 was an exciting year marking the start of our new five-year strategy and recognising two crucial features. First, for microbiology to play its full part in addressing the worlds’ opportunities and challenges the Society must be extremely ambitious and secondly, the Society’s role in these opportunities is to help unlock the potential of the knowledge of our members. Momentum is building this year and having had a successful Annual Conference in Belfast, we are now focused on building our programme of activities for our 75th anniversary in 2020 which promises to be our busiest year yet, and will involve more volunteers than ever.
With busy lives, volunteering is often misunderstood and some people are reluctant to get involved. If you have an opportunity to speak to any of our volunteers, they will tell you something quite different. Volunteering at the Society has provided them with a wealth of opportunities and additional benefits that support their professional and personal development as well as making them feel truly valued as an active member of the Society.
If you are reading this message and wondering whether or not there might be a role for you within the Society, the answer is yes. We have a vast amount of opportunities available to members and with our 75th anniversary in sight, there really could not be a better time to get involved with the Society. Throughout Volunteers Week we will also be sharing insights from some of our volunteers to ensure you can see just how varied our opportunities are.