fodigger, thank you for such a great and insightful response. Ya know, I belong to a couple of other similar organizations, and I've never really GOTTEN it, and I thought it was just me.
I did kind of make this a goal, and money is not really an issue, I just don't want to start down the wrong path. You say you've been a CEC for over 15 years which would mean that you have to take "refresher" courses. How does that go? To what extent do you participate in ACF functions? I can't believe thay charge $10k for that, especially when it seems so subjective!!! Being from CA myself and having achieved a lot at a young age here on the East Coast, I often felt like I was being "ignored" because I was young and even more 'cause I never played the same game. I always get myself psyched up to go to some black tie dinner/dance thing, then I chicken out; I'm just not a very good schmoozer, but I also feel like I should be reaching out more.
Do you find any redeeming qualities in being a member?
I have checked out some of the mid-life career things here as well, and they are encouraging.
Shroomgirl, thanks for your insight as well. You can't imagine what pleasure it gives me to hear you call them "tall white hats," Hahahahaha.... !And the quote at the end is classic as well. No offense to anyone, but I've heard CIA grads say similar things.
But please, you say you attend meetings, why? What do you get from it?
I reallly really appreciate these answers you two......
Is there anyone else? Is there someone out there who thinks becoming a CEC and belonging to ACF is this GREAT thing??? Anyone with REALLY good experience???
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