One of the things we pride ourselves on within the SEMGTR is the ability to frequently adapt to the changing needs and wants of our membership. It’s this open minded attitude that has allowed the club to weather some tough years. We sent out an email survey a few weeks back, and the results were quite interesting. We discovered that the #1 reason people join the club is to socialize with other MG people. We also learned that Tech info, runs, and gatherings were most important, with shows running a bit behind. Lastly, we asked for volunteers for various areas. While we had a several members volunteer for hosting events, writing articles, and event helpers, we did not have a single volunteer to run for a board position. This is our inherent problem every year and the reason for our brainstorming meeting last month. Our bylaws list the following board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Registrar, and Past President. That doesn’t take into consideration the newer unofficial position of Webmaster/Social Media. While we have maintained our membership numbers over the past few years despite heavy losses, our core active group is not large enough to support 7 board positions plus the webmaster.
The brainstorming meeting was attended by a large group of consistently active members along with our newest club member. During this lively meeting, we discussed the survey results and the direction for the future. The overwhelming consensus was to consider continuing as a social and driving club. Most members felt that with the widespread information to be found online, the “register” part of our duties was somewhat redundant and the source of a lot of additional work. If we adjust to the current needs of the members, we could potentially drop down to a 3 member board. Within that board would be a Treasurer, Editor, and Board Chair /President. Currently, the treasurer, editor, and registrar have the largest job descriptions. We currently have a willing editor (thanks Geoff!) and potential Treasurer. With the suggested changes, the positions of Registrar, Secretary, and Vice President would be eliminated. We are presently putting together an exploratory committee to look into de-formalizing and amending the bylaws.
As the bylaws currently stand, the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Registrar would need to be filled this year. In the interest of following the bylaws, we have put together a nominating committee for 2016.
Board Member - Geoff Kent, email to: email@example.com
Member - Andria Dinzole, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Member - Jim Mercure, email to: email@example.com
If you would like to run for a board position, please contact a member of the nominating committee during the month of September. Geoff will be out of town, but Andria and Jim will both be available. Please keep in mind that you may not nominate another member without their permission.
If you would like to be on the exploratory committee to de-formalize and amend the bylaws, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, we could use someone with a law background on this committee.
I’d like to thank everyone who took their time to participate in the survey and the brainstorming meeting. We will continue working to honor the original spirit upon which the club was founded. In the words of one of our founders, “just get together, have fun, have a tech session occasionally, talk cars, kick tyres, drive a little… and press on regardless… OH, I left out FOOD… yes occasionally have a little BBQ, finger food, pot of chili… etc."
Here’s to the future! Beth