Local Leaders of Today are National Leaders of Tomorrow
The Leadership Development Conference (LDC) seeks to train and support chapter leaders. Where, though, do we develop our national leaders? The Council Group Leaders are working on the answer to that important question.
To meet the challenges of the future ASHI needs a board of directors made up of individuals who make the transition from the Council to the board smoothly and well prepared. The Council is committed to doing its part. Training is key.
Preparation for the Council Representative Development (CRD) program is well under way. As the committee works on the presentation and representatives are making travel arrangements, the Board of Directors is contemplating the Council budget. A vote on this is expected on Saturday, July 28. It is important that board members be fully informed on this topic.
ASHI is awash in good potential leaders. The Council is the pipeline that brings these members into important leadership positions. The task at hand is finding them, recruiting them, preparing them and electing them. Success at this effort requires that the Council take initiative, pull together and take action. Withholding funds chokes the pipeline.
The action being proposed includes bringing the CoR together for a four hour meeting immediately preceding the Wednesday evening LDC reception on October 24. This time was chosen specifically to save money and maximize the return on investment of Representative time and effort. Many will already be there. Some, who may not have otherwise planned to attend LDC, may show up because of this effort.
It has been suggested that the chapters pay to send representatives to Council events. For some chapters this makes sense. For others, not so much. The chapters are the backbone of the Society. It is, therefore, in our mutual best interest that we pull together to support the smaller chapters. Strengthening the CoR strengthens the chapters.
It has been suggested that the kind of training we're talking about could be handled online. We all know that face-to-face meetings are optimal. This costs money.
The slippery slope arument has been propounded; if we do it for the CoR, we'll have to do it for committees. Every entity proposes its own budget. The Council is doing that. What we are setting out to do is important and long overdue.
Much of what we're trying to accomplish is designed to make ASHI's operations more efficient. Efficiency saves staff time while improving our ability to meet the needs of the members.
Refusal by the board to fully fund the Council sends the wrong message to the chapters and to the members. One thing is certain: we will make an investment in the future of ASHI or soon wish we had.
Jim Funkhouser (Director)
John Wessling (Director)
Reuben Saltzman (Director)
Bryck Guibor (Director)
Richard Hart (Director)
Blaine Swan (DIrector)
Bob Sisson (Director)
Bronson Anderson (Director)
Darrell Hay (Director)
Eric Barker (DIrector)
Shannon Cory (Director)
Tim Buell (President)
Scott Patterson (President Elect)
Mike Wagner (Vice President)
Bruce Barker (Treasurer)
Mike Conley (Secretary)