I am not trying to stir the pot, or open a can of worms, just wanted some clarity to the subject from another post on the forums.
The following is from the minutes of the April board meeting. I as your president wanted some goals that I thought would be obtainable by the association, NOT just the board. I wanted a board member assigned to each so they could be the 'owner' of the goal for accountability. This isn't new, it has been around for a few years.
The board is elected to be an overseer or governance of the association, not a dictatorship down to the association. We are membership ran NOT board dictatorship ran....
President's Report: by Kent Uhrich
Goal 1 - Membership -- Increase registered voters by 20% by 5/31/13.
Owner: Kent Uhrich
Status 04/11/14 As of 01/14/14 there were 282 registered voters. We have 285 registered voters need 53 more registered voters to meet this goal.
UPDATED - 06/07/2014 we had 300 registered voters. Our goal was to add 28 voting members. We only added 18.
Goal 2 - Fund Raising Implement 2 fund raising initiatives to raise $350.00 by 5/31/14
Owner: Judy Vaughn
UPDATED - 06/07/14 we raised the funds and spent the funds on various items, more shirts that the membership liked and BBQ at the event instead of cold cuts.
Goal 3 Events Hold 1 general membership meeting by 6/15/14.
Owner Sandy Fryar
Status 01/15/14 Event is planned June 7, 2014 at Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Ft. Smith Arkansas event
UPDATED - We had the event this past weekend.
Goal 4 Events Hold 2 CITO events by 6/15/14. Owner Kent Uhrich
Status 01/15/14 1 CITO event planned on June 8, 2014 at State meeting
UPDATED - 06/08/14 - Event CITO was postponed due to lighting and rain. We will reschedule.
We did have a CITO in Clarksville in Feb (thanks to Jon who planned this for us)
Goal 5 Events Hold 2 Eat & Greets by 6/15/14 in the following regions of the state:
NW Planned on this date this location Owners Morgan and Kent
NE Planned on this date this location Owners Linda and Chris
Central Planned on this date this location Owners Mark and Judy
SE Planned on this date and this location Owners Ron and Jim
SW Planned on this date and this location Sandy and Ron
1 event held in Central in Nov
1 event held in SE in Nov
1 event held in SW in Feb
UPDATED - 06/07/14 - I take full responsibility for not having two event in NW Ark. Promotion at work tripled my staff and work load. I haven't had a free weekend or time off. I will make this up one way or another this year. I can not answer what the incoming president will want as goals for M&G's, but we'll work harder to meet the goal.
Goal 6 Teaching Opportunities. Teach Geocaching at 4 locations around the state by 5/31/14.
Owner: Community Relations Committee - Kent Uhrich
Status 10/11/13 July 18 ArkGeo taught at East Lab.
Status - 01/12/14 Nov ArkGeo attended the GIS event in Little Rock.
Status - 04/11/14 Feb ArkGeo helped Lake Ouachita State Park in teaching a Geocaching Workshop.
UPDATED - We had two opportunities that by the time it was voted upon, one already had their class, the other one sent an email and wanted something the next day. There was one class taught in April but I was called on a Saturday morning and was asked to teach it for a Girl Scout troop in Cabot, I did so.
To the casual observer it appears that the 'board' didn't get much done. To those that understand how we are ran (by membership) will say the membership didn't get much done.
...so in another post it was stated how could we bring GeoWoodstock to Arkansas when we flopped on meeting our current goals. I totally agree!
Your board members CAN NOT run this association and make it successful. One person on a committee CAN NOT run the committee and make it successful. The membership committee should be getting swamped with emails about having membership drives to get more registered voters, or events committee should be getting overwhelmed with members asking for CITOs to get the special CITO icon, or to have an ArkGeo event in their area.
In turn these committees would vote on those ideas and if passed in committee, send the recommendation on to the board liaison to bring it up to the board to vote on... Then we as an association can start meeting our goals and then we can build an active volunteer base to have GeoWoodstock in Arkansas.
Just my thoughts.