Success and Moving Forward
Submitted by: Will Burley
Do not fear moving forward for the fear of leaving the past behind. When one door closes, many doors can open…” – Unknown
In the lifespan of any organization, a crossroad will present itself. One direction can lead to a winding, endless circle, while the other leads to a pathway to destinations unknown. An organization must, if it is to remain relevant to the needs of its members, travel the uncharted road. While this can be a bit worrisome for some, it presents an opportunity to look back on the myriad of wonderful accomplishments to give strength for the future. Each year, the BPI conference and convention offers just this opportunity as we review the past term and begin to map a new corse.
As my predecessors will likely tell you, while a president is a major support for each component of convention week, special attention is paid to the business meeting. This meeting, if done correctly, will engage members so they can share their thoughts on the past as well as share ideas for the future. This year’s meeting was no different. I believe this was one of the most well attended business meetings since I’ve been involved with the organization. Most sitting board members were able to be in attendance, and members and friends filled every seat. Members were able to verbalize ideas on a range of themes from board meeting notices to our social networking gathering. Board members and committee chairs were able to take note and will work to find a way to implement many, if not all of those ideas in the coming term.
Another detail on the agenda was board elections. Before I mention any aspect of this process, we must give a note of thanks to Kevin Ratliff and Leah Gardner who served as Secretary and a Member-at-Large, respectively. It is my belief that even though BPI is a small non-profit, our board members and committee chairs put in a great deal of work to make the engine run smoothly. Both of these individuals have a long history with this organization and while not serving on the board, will still be active in one way or another. With these members deciding to take a modest break from serving, our Elections Committee worked with our gifted membership to locate individuals willing to serve.
The Elections Committee is mandated to develop an elections process that engages the membership in not only the nominations process but through a balloting procedure. BPI has had a simple form of electronic voting for years via email. This year, an online program was located that was accessible to allow members in good standing, who could not attend convention, to vote. We secured 15% participation. I wish to thank the Committee and the membership for assisting this organization in taking a leap forward in giving each member a voice in our non-profit organization.
The effect of the Committee and membership working together is Gabriel Lopez serving another term as Vice President, Harlow Pease gaining a new term as Member-at-Large and Tamara Lomax serving in her first term as Secretary as well as Chris Snyder serving in his first term as a Member-at-Large. At your first opportunity, please take a moment to congratulate each person and offer your support in the work they will be doing.
As we begin work anew in this board term, I encourage you to gift BPI with 0.5% of your time each month. This translates to roughly 3.5 hours. If each of us did this, approximately450 hours of work would be done!! This would allow us to take this organization to heights we can only imagine. It is said that no one can do everything, but if everyone does something, everything will get done.
What will you do