I knew nothing of how APANA operated when I answered the call many moons ago. I'd like to share what I believe are the key ingredients that go into making a good APANA member.
In every APANA situation I have been involved in during the past year, I have found that these basic principles are what I inevitably fall back on.
I try and remember what APANA is here to do. APANA is here for the ``provision [...] of network facilities for [the ...] members of APANA''.
I try and remember why APANA is. APANA is because we enjoy it. It continually remind myself of just how cool it is that a bunch of like minded people can get together and create and run a network. There is no point if we stop enjoying it.
I try and maintain my enthusiasm. I like what APANA does. I like participating in the provision of services for those interested in networking as a hobby and for those who may otherwise be unable to obtain those services. I like the people of APANA. I enjoy working with people who put their energies into a community effort.
And I try to keep my head. When the big issues come up I think of first principles and listen to others. Too much in the Internet community, people act first and think later. One of the great lessons I have learned in my involvement with APANA is how to be confident with a decision by taking the time to weigh the issues and achieve a consensus.