Check out this overview of volunteer categories and if one or more piques your interest, click the corresponding links on the left for more information and how you might participate. 

Level 1 – Writers – Short-term commitment, little to no travel involved

If you don't think of yourself as a writer, think again. Writers include reviewers, editors, Subject Matter Experts, and more. Writers spend their volunteer time writing or reviewing professional papers, content, or other work. They serve as functional area experts but are less likely to perform leadership or other association roles. Writers are usually able to complete assignments from home with internet access and email. Take on as many writing or reviewing assignments as you choose.

Level 2 - Stagers – Short-term commitment, some travel required

Stagers spend their volunteer time directing the flow of meeting sessions or sharing their expertise and passion with an audience. Stagers perform vital services but are less likely to perform leadership roles. A Stager might be a facilitator, moderator, presenter/speaker, a booth attendant, or anyone who wants to work behind the scenes to make a program successful (e.g., auctions, area programs). 

Level 3 – Shapers (Committees) – Long-term commitment, some travel involved 

Shapers contribute their time and abilities to further AALAS and the LAS field through committee service, or on the AALAS Foundation Board of Directors.

Time involved depends upon the committee, but typical appointments are for three years with the possibility of an additional term, or advancement to vice chair and chair. All committees meet face-to-face each year during National Meeting, and many have a face-to-face mid-year meeting each year, typically at the National Office in Memphis, Tennessee. To learn more, click the Shapers link on the left.

Perhaps one of the most rewarding ways to contribute your time and abilities is through committee service. AALAS is breaking new ground and expanding services in exciting ways—locally and globally, in person, and on the web. This is your chance to go behind the scenes and help shape the future of AALAS and the field of laboratory animal science. Do you have a great idea for enhancing our educational programs and training materials? Do you want to help plan the National Meeting? Whatever your passion, committee service is one way to bring your dreams to fruition. Click the Shapers link on the left to learn more about the different committees and how you can volunteer for service.

Level 4 – Trailblazers (Elected) – Significant time commitment, responsibility, and travel 

Trailblazers are elected to serve as the policy-making and legislative body of AALAS, a.k.a., the Board of Trustees (BOT). The BOT establishes the strategic direction and sets policy for the common good. The Executive Committee comprises the BOT officers, and serves as the Finance Committee.