What it takes to be BPNA President
- I had a question by email about what it takes to be the BPNA President and it's a difficult one to answer accurately.
The President job can be big or small, it depends upon the level of support that you have from your officers, how much of a task you set yourself, and how good you are at delegating. I found that the details of the job: Arranging a meeting place (LESD ultimately wanted some money to use their facility, but the church at Marine and Prairie came through at our last meeting), making meeting agendas, coordinating flyer distribution, arranging City representation at our meetings, documenting our meetings, keeping track of finances and fielding requests from residents took up a fair amount of time. Many of those tasks can and were done by the BPNA officers, but it's better to make many of them a group effort.
As President, you'll be the focal point for interactions between the neighborhood and the City. There will be a perception from elected leaders that you have significant influence in local politics. You can define your role as you want to, but I felt that I ought to attend the City Council meetings occasionally and speak. The City will send invitations to business openings and other City events and I attended some of them in order to maintain awareness of Bodger Park with City leaders. If you do the job for a couple years people may ask if you are planning to run for City Council. This is a management job with a lot of human and bureaucratic interaction.
I found that the insights I had into Hawthorne politics were interesting and it was rewarding to understand the structure of City government and help the community.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]