An important membership benefit with the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Georgia Academy is the opportunity to volunteer. As a volunteer you make a difference by contributing time, energy, skill and talents to the causes you are interested in. By volunteering you are giving something back to your profession and community by lending a helping hand to your professional organization.
What you may not realize is that when you volunteer you also benefit personally as an individual. Progressive responsibilities as a volunteer can also positively support you in your work roles. There are many good reasons and benefits for getting involved in American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Georgia Academy volunteer opportunities. Here are a few good reasons:
- Make a difference by sharing your skills
- Network and build relationships
- Explore career and personal interests
- Be an agent of change
- Earn great recommendations for future employment or college applications
- Develop marketable job and leadership skills
- Add valuable skills to your resume
- Enrich your education and knowledge
- Discover hidden skills and talents
- Be challenged with new tasks
- Boost your self-confidence
- Make new and lasting friendships
- Have fun
As a member of American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you can take advantage of a variety of volunteer opportunities. Several members of GDA are very active at the national level and have held the following positions:
- Kathleen Zelman - former Director at Large, ADA Board of Directors
- Marisa Moore - ADA Spokesperson
- Sherry Coleman Collins - GDA Delegate
- Diane Heller - former Communications Director, Weight Management DPG
- Julie Schwartz - Newsletter Editor, Weight Management DPG
- Gail Cesci -- Nominating Committee Chair, Dietitians in Nutrition Support DPG
- Jana Kicklighter -- Board of Directors member, ADA/CDR Code of Ethics Task Force
- Missy Cody - Board of Directors member, Food and Culinary committee
Additionally, as a member of GDA, various opportunities for volunteering are made accessible. Members, please visit our Get Involved page to see what volunteer positions are open.
Lead the affiliate board members in accomplishing the strategic plan for the year and monitoring the affiliate’s fiscal health.
Performs the functions of the office of president in the absence of the president. Works closely with the president to be able to transition smoothly into the role of president.
Maintains records (including but not limited to minutes, board policies, legal documents, and contracts), records minutes and initiates correspondence for the affiliate. Also serves as the membership coordinator.
Acts as chief volunteer financial officer of the organization and chairs the Finance Committee.
Serves as a member of the ADA House of Delegates (HOD). Performs functions as needed to assist in facilitating the work of the HOD.
Professional Development Chair
Serves as the communication link between the Strategic areas and associated Dietetic Practice Groups (DPGs), Liaisons, and Task Forces. Chairs the Annual Conference Committee, which plans and executes the Annual Meeting.
Professional Development Chair-Elect
Responsible for GDA diet manual revisions.
Reimbursement representatives serve as a resource for ADA member inquiries about local coverage of RD services, help facilitate networking and use of ADA coding and coverage resources, and coordinate local advocacy efforts to expand federal and state coverage policies.
New Member Communications Representative
Lead relationships with individuals in their first 1-5 years of ADA and affiliate membership.
Nominating Committee Chair
Identifies potential leaders for the affiliate organization, this includes recruiting candidates for affiliate board of directors positions, coordinating the affiliate election and notifying candidates of election results.
State Policy Representative
Gains consensus within the affiliate and identifies three to five state public policy priorities. Maintains a program of work consistent with selected priorities.
Public Policy Coordinator
This position serves as the key connection/conduit between ADA Policy Initiatives and Advocacy staff and grassroots leaders on ADA public policy stances and processes.
State Professional Recruitment Coordinator (SPRC)
Promotes and recruits individuals to the dietetics profession to grade school, high school and college students and the general public.
District Dietetic Association President
Attends all BOD meetings and serve as a voting member. Prepares a written report for each GDA BOD meeting. Serves as a major communication link between the GDA BOD and the district affiliate.
State Fundraising Chair
The ADAF state fundraising chair will serve as the liaison to state affiliate groups for the Foundation. Their main objective is to help promote awareness of the ADA Foundation and to raise additional funds.
Annual Awards Task Force Chair
Coordinates the annual awards process.
National Nutrition Month Task Force Chair
Task Forces and Work Groups
Appointed to work on assigned, short term activities and projects.