Learning to Be A Leader

Brettany Buetow, VinsonFRG Secretary

Hi everyone! As most of you know, I am the secretary of our FRG. I have been blessed to have this position over the past two years and I am so thankful I have had this opportunity.

When we first moved to San Diego, my husband had been in the Navy for 4 years but this was his first sea duty. I felt like a newbie to the Navy life all over again. I knew we would be experiencing a deployment just over a year after arriving and even though we were closer to family, we were still hours away. I needed to make friends and find things to fill my time. I decided to join the FRG board even though I was really hesitant and nervous about what all it would entail. Would I be able to handle it? I had a one year old and 3 year old and this new “large” responsibility… how would it all work? I knew I needed something to help commit me to the different events so I would get out of the house and meet people. If not, I would find some excuse to not go and then regret it later.
After joining, I immediately met new friends who are more like family to me now. I learned my way around San Diego and learned how to better manage this new adventure that we had started.

The idea of joining the FRG board was a lot more intimidating than it really was. Yes, there is plenty of work to be done, but it is so exciting to plan events and see people smile and enjoy themselves when their loved ones are away. It makes every moment worth it to me. I have been able to see myself grow into someone that I wasn’t sure I could be. I became a leader, a mentor, and a friend to many. I was able to break out of my shell and come to almost all of the events… something I would not have done had I not been in this position. I am so thankful to be a part of the Vinson FRG board!

If it’s something you’ve considered doing, please consider filling out the board election questionnaire and running for a board position! 

Brettany Buetow

This entry was posted in FRG. Bookmark the permalink.