January 2011 I attended my first NPPA Board meeting in Durham. After being an NPPA member from 1964 (with a brief time off in 1975) this was certainly eye-opening.
I was asked to recruit a director for Region Four. Jim Bye, from Western Kentucky University, accepted the challenge and later agreed to be the Regional Rep. All at my urging.
I also encouraged Region Five director Phil Greer to take up the torch and lead his region. He's been active in pushing the SIU photojournalism students with their student chapter.