New Passage of Life: Semi-Retirement

October 17, 1977 was my first day as an American Bar Association employee. Little did I know it was my first day of a lifelong career in association management. Indeed, I didn’t know that one could have a career in association management!

Fast forward forty years. In 2017, I began thinking about my own retirement. In February 2018, I decided to retire by the end of the year. I informed my association clients that I did not intend to renew contracts as they expired.

The Chicago Association of Direct Marketing is my longest-tenure association client at 6 ½ years. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving CADM, and had the luxury of learning about multichannel response marketing while working. How cool is that?

CADMJuly 31 was the end of CADM’s fiscal year…and end of my contract. I am quite sad to bid CADM members and friends farewell. It has been an honor to serve you. #CADMdirect

I now consider myself as semi-retired. I still serve SIETAR USA, a small but vibrant association of interculturalists, through December 31. But I anticipate increased flexibility for volunteer work, travel, a commitment to health, and having long lunches with friends. In September, I look forward to visiting States #49 and #50 (went on my bucket list at age 11!!!). In the next 2 years, my husband & I anticipate traveling to the Middle East and Machu Picchu, taking us to three new continents…and venturing south of the Equator. My 4 siblings and I hope to take a cruise together in 2020, which will be my first cruise.

After eight days, semi-retirement has been great. I have had lunch, including a five-hour brunch. I have gone for long walks and gone to the gym. And I have gotten out a client e-newsletter…stress-free.

About Glenda Sharp

I am a Certified Association Executive with more than 25 years of association management experience. I am principal of Sharper Associations, a full service association management and consulting firm. My clients include the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing, National Speakers Association-IL Chapter, SIETAR USA, West Suburban Bar Association, Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, PR consultant Deborah Weixl, and author Harry Sharp.

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