Life is tricky. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out it will throw a curve ball at you. Then in the midst of dealing with one dilemma another pops up. Not huge, the type that makes you say “Seriously? Why can’t people deal with this? Why can’t people just take on one small task? Why are they leaving it for others to handle?”
That is the point where I took a big swallow, plunged forward and said what I thought. I think my comments shocked a few people, but in the end I achieved the results I was striving for. I don’t know if it was the stress of what I was already dealing with on a personal level that made me plunge forward, or if it was frustration over people who have already taken on duties trying to juggle more while others sat in limbo doing nothing.
Our Secretary had said if no one volunteered she could try to handle the job, but secretary in itself is a monthly obligation and I thought that was ridiculous. I am Vice President, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster (although I fail drastically at the last one), and our President has taken over numerous committees as the chairs left and no one volunteered.
That is when I swallowed big and plunged forward with my thoughts on the situation. I stood up and said that it isn’t right that every time a board position or committee chair position opens up no one volunteers and the existing board members end up adding it to their own list of duties. We have a sufficient amount of members and if no one is willing to step up to the plate than maybe we should just dissolve the club and be done with it.
I think I shocked more than a few of the members with my announcement. No one knew I intended to do that except for the exiting treasurer. It was like pulling teeth. When no one volunteered the Secretary said she would take over as Treasurer if someone would volunteer to be Secretary.
Again no one volunteered, so I said that I would take over as Secretary if someone would take the Vice President’s position. The position of VP is one of the easiest, as your only obligation is to run the meeting if the President isn’t there (which has never happened in the 11 years I have been a member) , and putting together a collection of all committee reports for our Annual Report once a year. Not only did no one volunteer, but one member went so far as to keep pushing forward with reasons no one should take my Vice Presidency job!
It took a bit of coercion, but a fairly new member agreed to take on the job of Treasurer, so the Secretary and I retained our current positions. Was I nervous about announcing we should dissolve the club if we couldn’t get volunteers, especially when I had not discussed that thought with other board members? Absolutely! Am I glad I pushed forward and got the job done? Without a doubt.