ATPE is proud to bring you this series of posts from your board members. The ATPE Board of Directors is made up of 20 regional members, who are elected by their constituents; four state officers, who are elected annually by the entire House of Delegates at the ATPE Summit; and the most recent state past president. Board members were sent questions via email, and their responses will be posted to the ATPE Blog in the order they were received. Today’s post is from Region 3 director Andy Erdelt.
How and why did you get involved in a leadership role at ATPE?
I got married and my wife was a member, so I joined ATPE and became a local officer. I have been one for about 20 years.
What is your favorite part of serving on the ATPE board?
I enjoy learning about what goes on with the board, all the ins and outs of ATPE and the staff. I also like meeting leaders from all over our great state.
How has being on the board helped your region?
It’s helped my region because I’ve been able to get reports from the BOD meetings out to local units. That keeps them informed so that they know what is going on at ATPE.
What advice would you give to others who might be interested in serving on the board?
Stay up to date on what is going on. It is important to share your ideas and concerns. Become a local officer and take part in ATPE. Every decision we make has to be about what is good for the entire organization.
Can you share something fun about yourself that our members might not know?
My favorite hobby is rock and gem hunting. I also have been on city council for about 10 years and sing with a barbershop group.