A Word From Kelly Christine Delaney- Travel Director, Sons of Ben
Elections for a few new openings on the Sons of Ben board are coming up toward the later part of this year. We will be sending out information over the next month or so to give everyone interested in running an opportunity to do so. This week is "A Word From Kelly Christine Delaney" who gives you an insight as to her experience as member of the Sons of Ben board.
For the past four years I have been a member of the Sons of Ben board and it's been a crazy but rewarding ride. As a board member I've organized various events from supporter events at the MLS AllStar game to Help Kick Hunger. My main responsibility is taking care of away trips. It seems pretty simple, but the logistics involved can keep me pretty busy throughout the year. Despite there being an off season, there isn't an off season for supporters groups and their leadership. There's always work to be done. But for all the work I have accomplished, there is nothing that has been done without the support of my fellow board members. I look back on some of the crazier events from Red Bull away in 2011 to the 2014 draft and the amount of support I've received has made all the difference. It's not easy to run these trips/events. I have to go into them understanding that the priority is ensuring everyone has a good time while acknowledging that I may be sacrificing my own good time for the greater good. My end result is always my focus as I plan and execute an away trip: growing the game. While I can't ensure that the team has a good game or comes home with three points, I can ensure that they enjoyed the food, received instructions to make sure the itinerary for the day makes sense and that people can have a great time with their friends and family. If they enjoy themselves regardless of the result, my hopes is next time they will bring a friend and the word will continue to spread of the awesome things we do as a group. There's nothing more rewarding to me than hearing that a crazy trip to RFK led to a membership or a new volunteer. We can only hope to improve if we all take an active part in improving. The things we do are never an act of one, it's always all in.
Ad finem fidelis.