Dear Marsha, Alan and Rosey,
I respectfully address this to you three as it is apparent you are the only current board members willing to stand up and openly discuss the boards activities and it's future. For this I thank you. None of you are paid for the time you give to keep the society running. I remain mindful of the voluntary time you generously donate to us all as the membership.
What concerns me is that the current ivory situation has been actively impacting the society since 2014. It has come to the point that the ship has hit rough seas, what worked in the past may not be enough to weather the gathering storm clouds and rising seas.
It is my firm belief that there is little benefit analysing how we found our way into this storm, because the storm can no longer be outrun.
I believe that those members of the crew unwilling to stand on the top deck and support you guys reef the sails, it would appear, are either seasick or prefer fairer weather.
If my analogy offends - that is not the purpose. Instead, my purpose is to openly show how grossly unfair I feel it is that only the few are left to face the storm, and how serious be the waves we face.
I believe that the community also has a responsibility to help. After all, we are all in the same ship - give the passengers a chance - unlock the lower deck doors and invite those willing to the top deck.
OK, a rather dramatic analogy
But none of us should underestimate the effect the ivory laws are having across the society. And to use an insensitive pun - it's become the elephant in the room.
To navigate these current times the INS needs a stable president, surrounded by active and enthusiastic staff elected into clearly defined roles.
If the INS is willing, I propose you take an active decision to invite the membership to volunteer through a biannual democratic application process?
- create a set of exec board positions so clear functional roles are applied for. Each role will need a summary job spec so it is clear what skills are required.
- 60 days before the next INS convention invite all the membership to apply to any of the open roles. For those applying, CV's should be attached outlining any relevant experience and how they would bring value to that role.
- If you have a case where more than one member applies for the same role they should be privately informed. They can then choose to be part of a membership voting contest, or to concede.
- Any roles being retained are also open to being contested by a member. If both members retain the will to stand for the same role, this would require the contesting members to take part in a membership vote.
- 30 days before the convention any contested positions will go out to the vote for the membership. Membership will have 30 days to cast votes.
- At the convention AGM meeting, the new board positions are announced.
We can get caught up procrastinating over details - but if it helps in anyway, I am able to provide you with a proved and effective constitutional model that we tested and refined over the 10 year period I served on a non profit board.
Let's all become accountable for how the society moves into the future, it is an unfair burden to leave the difficult decisions we now face to only the few active board members. I say let's all own this problem now, let's see if the membership really cares for democracy and the future of the society.
Piglet: "Pooh?" Pooh: "Yes, Piglet?" Piglet: "I've been thinking..." Pooh: "That's a very good habit to get into to, Piglet." - A.A. Milne.