Posted by annemarie (188.8.131.52) on April 22, 2001 at 04:47:30:
In Reply to: Mission Statement of OUCH posted by stevevr on April 22, 2001 at 00:12:37:
Let's not make mistakes about that. But for some time I have felt the need of something else. I don't know what you call it over there; we call it a policy statement.
The BOD (or is it the officers?) get together and say:
1. Next year we want to achieve This and THAT
and THE OTHER (if we can).
2. We want to achieve this in Such and Such a way.
3. This is going to cost So and So much.
And then the committees stand up and say the same
stuff about What, How and for How Much.
And ideally, then the membership says yes or no or: just a little bit more to the other side, please.
Also, ideally, people who are to be elected, would tell something about themselves, notably their aims and goals and special subjects.
I am not asking for a platform (this is not a presidential election!) but some information to help us make democratic decisions.
As a veteran of 30 years in 2 completely different volunteer orgs, this is what I expected to find. I was rather taken aback to find it isn't working that way.
So I don't wonder people are sometimes unclear about what they should or could do. This is THE Certified way to get dissatisfaction and lose volunteers.
Maybe it was there al the time and I didn't see? Maybe this is the American way. What do I know? I don't even understand Roberts Rules.LOL.
(I certainly don't have a copy of them. The Internet, right? Maybe Bob P. will tell me where?)
Seriously, we need much more than a mission statement. We need PEOPLE. We need INFORMATION.
And I am sure we are slowly getting there, but it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves of what we still lack.
Volunteer in beauty! Annemarie
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