This month we are honoring Chris Rehmer CDM, CFPP, of the Iowa (IA) ANFP chapter, as our Volunteer of the Month. Chris has been a member of ANFP since 2003. After completing the dietary manager specialist certificate program at Des Moines Area Community College (Ankney), he was approached to volunteer as a chapter leader. At the time, Chris was hesitant as he was not always comfortable with speaking in front of others, something often expected of chapter leaders. However, he quickly learned the IA ANFP chapter has a long history of well-trained and knowledgeable volunteers to help him prepare for his role.
During his time as a chapter leader, Chris was the president-elect for one term, followed by three terms as chapter president. He also served as the program chair for one term and currently holds the expo chair role, which he has held since 2007.
Through his various volunteer roles with the chapter, Chris has been at the forefront of helping all members keep an open mind when it comes to new ideas, including ways to give back to IA ANFP members.
Looking ahead, Chris continues to see IA ANFP as a resource for its members as well as other states. Additionally, he would like to see IA ANFP continue mentoring new CDMs, an initiative that has led to the success of the chapter.
Having been a hesitant member that has turned into a well-respected, long-time veteran volunteer, Chris states “It has been an honor to serve our chapter and has opened doors that I never thought I would be interested in! The leadership in Iowa ANFP is second to none and will be there to help you succeed at any position you chose to volunteer for. So, let those fears subside and step out of your comfort zone; you will not be disappointed!”
Thank you, Chris, for your dedication, enthusiasm, and the hard work you have done for IA ANFP during these many years of service! We are incredibly appreciative of volunteers such as yourself! We look forward to working with you in this volunteer year!
If you would like to nominate yourself or another volunteer, please e-mail Abigail Solazzo at asolazzo@ANFPonline.org.