Finally, being an Officer gives a person a larger opportunity to benefit the group in many ways. Officers teach lessons and therefore become a well of knowledge that others can draw upon. They assist in making group decisions which can influence the direction the group takes as whole and therefore get to apply the wisdom and perspective they uniquely possess. An Officer also has the right to take on projects and begin initiatives they personally feel can help improve the group.
As Captain, I get undeserved credit for things that other Officers have created or implemented. Tsyng, our quartermaster, is the Officer who suggested and encouraged the group orders of helmets and gorgets. Miren, our exchequer, is the Officer who organized the Bake Sale last week and raised funds for the group. Evanlyn was the original source for the Four Levels of Importance scarves. Ul’vade encouraged the emphasis on Lore this season. Even I begun this website as a project while I was a Lieutenant to benefit the group.
An Officer is someone who is willing to take the initiative to help the group grow. Many of the best additions to our group have come from Officers willing to use their time and talents in ways that only they could. This initiative is baked into the responsibilities of Officership and one of the best ways to lighten the heavy burden that comes with those responsibilities. I know, for me, that my love for the group, the people, and the projects I focus on help me feel a sense of purpose and accomplishment that is worth more than what I sacrifice for this group. I know that an Officer who dedicates themselves to a project they came up with, the love of the group and the people will only grow.