|Jerry Lalor, FTC Iowa Emcee|
The energy at that first event was unlike anything he had ever experienced and he had no idea the overwhelming impact it would have on his life.
Now, six years later, Jerry says he never turns down an opportunity to emcee at an FTC event if he can help it.
"Jerry is one of the most entertaining and loyal team members of the FTC program in Iowa," said Rebecca. "He contributes a great amount of energy, excitement, personality, laughter, gracious professionalism and overall fun to our state events."
That first year, everyone, students and volunteers, was trying to figure things out, Jerry said. But now, with six years worth of events under his belt, he has an expert's grasp on the job and strives to entertain the audience while ensuring every student is comfortable.
"I've seen very successful, experienced teams have some members that are reserved during competitions. I've seen other teams in their first competition who bring over-the-top energy and have a call and response cheer with fans," he said. "Understanding is important... for the students, so I don't create a situation that may cause more anxiety."
Jerry, who still gets nervous before going on, says the thing he enjoys most about FTC is Gracious Professionalism®. He says it's the golden rule in Iowa FTC and he repeats it over and over again, during every competition.
"Teams helping Teams. Team members helping each other. It's a great foundation to understand and exercise outside of competition," he commented.
|"Jerry attends events decked out in|
a variety of hats, hair styles and
costumes," said Rebecca Whitaker.
"We are fortunate in Iowa to have a great team of volunteers that make the FTC program successful and enjoyable," Rebecca said. "On behalf of the FTC Iowa program, I'm very fortunate to say that Jerry Lalor is not only a volunteer, but also a friend."
According to Jerry, anyone can join the FTC community as a volunteer and he noted there's a role for everyone.
"We have a place for you," he said. "And if you don't know how you can help, I would say attend an event and go from there. People have a lot of different strengths and they can all be used."
Jerry has already committed to bring his energy and enthusiasm to about two dozen FTC events this season, including the North FTC Super-Regional Championship Tournament in April.
"I want to think that the excitement, energy and skill I bring to my role is going to make any given event better," he said.
Editors note: This post is part of a series of weekly blog posts highlighting outstanding FTC Volunteers. FIRST and FTC rely on the tireless effort of thousands of Volunteers every year and we wouldn't be the program we are without them. Thank you Volunteers!