Yes, it would be good if we could get more people to run for office. Unfortunately, it's been like this for many years. Serving as an officer takes a lot of time and a good amount of out-of-pocket expenses and it's hard to get members to run (my Visa card is still reeling from my four years as an officer) ;D
Finding candidates for office was my biggest headache when I was chairman of the Executive Search Committee.
Right--the officers are elected by the 12 Directors.
Hmmm so far it looks like a shoe-in for the officer candidates.
Some friendly competition would be healthy for the NSS.
I should point out that often, Directors will attempt to get members to run the weekend before the Monday convention BOG meeting by talking to them at the convention site. It sometimes works, so there's the possibility of having someone else added to the ballot just before the election.
Post by Karstscience on Jul 31, 2006 16:03:35 GMT -5
I hope the Directors are able to find additional candidates, preferably from among cavers who haven't spent the last ten years in the inner sanctum. Birkhimer and Ormeroid are relative newcomers to the Board of Governors, but Cheryl should finish out her term as a director and allow some new blood to be merged into the Board. With a handful of exceptions, the main group of the past ten years is becoming an inbred bunch with a dismissive attitude toward the membership.
Past officers and directors are to be thanked for volunteering in their respective positions, regardless of how effective they may or may not have been, but there is always a time to move on to other ventures and let others take the reins. That time has arrived.
The past two years has seen the introduction of first time directors elected by the membership. One has to hope the first time directors will be willing to entertain different viewpoints, and if not peer-pressured into silence, will develop an open and direct (i.e., less corporate speak) exchange of information with the membership.