144Re: [AmateurRadioLeadership] RE: How to get Ham's interested in serving on the clubs board.
- Nov 18, 2012Although there is something to be said for "continuity," the more I think about it, the more I like the idea that a club constitution should stipulate that a person may not be re-elected to a position that he or she currently holds. As Richards says, "Ultimately, if members are not sufficiently interested in taking responsibility for managing a club, then the club has already failed...."On Nov 17, 2012, at Nov 17,6:01 PM, Bruce Nolte wrote:In our club the Bylaws forbid a person repeating an electing position in two consecutive years. And we invite interested members to try out elected board positions by starting as a Member-at-Large.73Bruce N1BNPasadena Radio ClubOn Nov 17, 2012, at 1:33 PM, Richards <jruing@...> wrote:
This is a common problem. Getting members to shoulder the load by
assuming leadership positions is very difficult.
Unfortunately, too many organizations fall into the trap of having the
same few members take the reigns to manage the club, to the point where
they take ownership of their positions and other members accept that. If
one volunteers to do all the work, other members will let him. After
holding the position for 5 years, it is no surprise no one else wants
your job, as members may now see that as your job. They may feel the
same about serving on the board. Of course, this all assumes you have
enough members to pass the job around... otherwise it is a moot point.
Ultimately, if members are not sufficiently interested in taking
responsibility for managing the club, then the club has already failed
and should dissolve. An organization is only as good as its members are
willing to make it.
The only thing that will save your club is to reinstate its mission, and
motivate members to actively pursue that mission. No organization can,
or should, survive for long without a definite common purpose or
mission. Unless members are invested accomplishing the mission, it will
wither and die - and it should.
Therefore, as current club leader, you must clarify and promote the
mission. You must reaffirm and rekindle member interest in what they
can do as an organization. Hopefully, that will, in turn, motivate
members to renew their vows, renew their drive to accomplish the
mission, and assume roles as leaders to make it their own. Without
that sort of desire and motivation, the organization will fail.
So I challenge you to press the mission. Get members excited about it.
Motivate them to take action to accomplish the mission. Redefining
and restating the mission is the first step. Having an objective, or
setting a particular goal, they can achieve is an essential component.
This is what you must do to save the outfit from becoming more than an
occasional social meeting, at best, and to avoid a dissolution, at worst.
Just MY take. Good luck.
---------------------------- K8JHR --------------------------
On 11/15/2012 12:34 PM, yogithedog.geo wrote:
> its all the same people, year after year. There's nothing wrong with
> that, but it would be nice to see other people take the helm and add
> their creativety to the club.
> I'm stepping down as president after about 5 or so years. ( actually, it
> sometimes feels like a millions!) I'm trying very hard to tell folks not
> to be scared of the title pres. It should be fun, not all work.
> any of you have ideas or suggestions on how to get other Ham's
> interested in serving?
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