Mike I think you are right there that "the asking" has been part of the problem. But how do you ask for something if you don't know what to do with the answer you may get.
Something that has disturbed me about this new committee. Is that IBT felt it necessary to assign a committee to virtually take the place/right away from the units and regions to determine for themselves the issues of their club and present them as changes through the appropriate channels available to them through the constitution.
By setting up this committee which has stated that one of their mandates is to identify issues and get things changed faster through the IBT.
So what does that tell you?
That the By-laws as written, the structure as presently in place - is such that to allow change in the organization takes too long.
So why would one in their wisdom add yet another committee that can not possibly be a fair and equitable voice for the whole membership. Instead of making policy and by-law changes to make the process more efficient. I thought there was already a By-Law committee in place. Or were they simply to look at by-laws specifically relating to the name change and the MOHO issue??? Was that committee not appointed in 2004???
Please everyone understand that I am in no way trying to knock down those who have either been assigned to this 20/20 committee or who have stepped up to be on the committee - they should all be commended.
It just seems that the efforts put forth by IBT is just not thinking outside the box. They keep sending mountain climbers out with no shoes on. The poor souls don't have a hope in heck of getting passed the first base camp (no pun
intended). When I say they I am speaking of the IBT as a collective authoritative body and not the members in their second hats ( Region Presidents and Executive Members)
Hey Barry - I tried I really did to get on the WBCCI forum - but I think the hour they said it would take to send me my information (username/password) has long expired. This is not the first time I have tried to use that site. Even when I did remember my old information - I would post and when I pressed the submit button it would just vanish into thin air....
So yes - I would think even the manner in which the 20/20 ahs presented themselves thus far on that site is questionable at best. And if anyone tosses - "we are just volunteers" I will surely puke! The manner in which to ask for the information should be such that it instills confidence in the membership that this committee was appointed because of their knowledge of the task at hand and simply not because of the number years they have been a member of WBCCI. It really needs to step up - they have to inject enthusiasm to their members to want to contribute. How about introductions for a start - as I think Leo was asking Pam (who I have not met but from what I have read seems to be a proactive and progressive thinker.)
Before coming to the membership - even the committees Goal (s) and Objectives - are at best a jumble of ideas. Where is the clarity? Specific targets that the committee wants to reach and how they will go about attaining them. Take the horse back to the gate and start again....
Look at the reach they are trying to attempt it is huge. And then to state it will not take overnight....come on folks how long does it take, will it take??? How many times do we have to go down this road?
Why can people not see where to start with this club. When it is staring them in the face. It is not a matter of letting go of what is not working anymore - it is a matter of giving the old car a face lift - the club still has its history whether it be 75 years ago or simply yesterday. Learn from it
If it is a matter of the idealized "perks" that some volunteers are counting on when they move up the ranks....then as the membership we will have to shift the importance of this club to its members and not to the top volunteers positions wanting to receive credit for the years they have volunteered. This is not just happening at the International level - please don't be so naive to think so. This political importance and self interest happens with a lot of volunteers as they move up the rank and it does not matter at what level - be it local Region or International. It is a fact of life people like the "importance" and the perception of "power" or control over another person, group or entity.
I think the times are changing again. There has been a 20 year period where society volunteers expected to have not only the perks but the "pay" for volunteering pay folks is not just a salary - it is the per diems.....per diems are still taxable last I looked and in most areas are taxable income...that constitutes getting paid.
So many times I read an individual state I have been X for X years in X capacity. But where are the statements - I have volunteered and was instrumental in developing this or organizing that. Taken a failing program and turned it around to a 50% increase in participation.
I see the minimums number of rallies, meetings etc. that our by-laws state we should have as a unit - and how many barely get the minimum done and do not go beyond that. Why?
Importance for many people is Caravan numbers and sanctioned Rallies - that is what motivates members to have participated in "their" clubs sanctioned events. But when the rules to actually implement these events become so restrictive - people will move via osmosis to new methods in hosting and running what they can - with or without the WBCCI blessing. And the sad part is usually "without" means people leave the organization.
REGIONS need more autonomy. IBT should be operating in a manner that puts the balances and checks on its regions to be consistently fair to its members, to assist in the education of the by-laws and policies. As a group in session the IBT should be approached for approval on issues. It is the IBT's mandate to ensure that the approvals are consistent with the Clubs Mission Statement, Plans, and Budget. The Executive Board - should not be dealing with ANY PROGRAM or MEMBERSHIP issue what so ever. Their job should be to administer the DAY TO DAY business of the organization. Finance, Legal, Parlimentary, Administrative and the National Staff/office. They also have the mandate to keep the IBT in check with it's duties and responsibilities as defined in the constitution.
From what I have read over at WBCCI threads and what has fitered through these forums and over at savewalley.org (which I have not been to since the name Change era
) The Executive Board is all over the Place. There is a clash between authorities, responsibilities etc. and it seems there are outside forces that are pushing buttons in as many places as well - all amounting to mass disorganization.
Folks never mind about the camp fires and the protocol of flags, and ceremony - this IS NOT where the problems are. The Organizational Structure is broken. That is like have a broken axle - she ain't going NO WHERE until it is fixed.
Don't let us again spin our wheels for yet another year. This organization needs to hire a professional consulting organization. It will do the needed assessments at arms length and without the personal attachment and without the politics.
They will assess all the levels of the organization. It will clearly define the problems and targets set forth the action required in order to correct/rectify the problems and move the Club forward again.
I have been through such a process. And as much as some may say what a waist of money.. think about the money and time that will be spent on the 20/20 Committee and the membership time and money - to feed them yet again with ideas and suggestions to present to an IBT that has no self direction of a Plan in front of them so how can they possibly articulate the data they will receive from a committee of non-professionals?
The 20/20 committee would be better off being the worker bees for a consulting firm and save $1000's of dollars and time.
As I have also mentioned before - the next stage of course will be once any assessment is completed - the Organization/Club HAS TO BE WILLING to trust and accept the direction recommended.
What happened to the three committees that were assigned back in 2004??? And where did their information go??? I bet it is sitting in a box somewhere in the office collecting dust - and neatly tucked away with a simple motion from the Executive - to address at a later date.
Why do you think this organization is spinning its wheels - where are the organizational Plans? When was the last one ever prepared - or has it ever had one? I'm guessing here because I have never seen one nor read about one??? Or have I missed it. Or is there one there but it is just a document that has no "air" time....
Starting to sound a bit like a columnist here
But I sure hope that some of them are reading....sending letters well letters are letters - a public voice is much louder...than a letter..