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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:16 pm Reply with quote Back to top

I've been waiting and hoping the original poster would stop in and make this post again, but there is only a week left until voting starts so I'll just quote the question/comment in it's entirety. Please read this carefully, take it to heart and comment if you wish.

Buy_The_Tie wrote:
Do you have what it takes to be an effective Board Of Directors member for the WGA?

If you are going to be on the BOD, it will require a little bit of work all of the time. The main way the BOD members communicate is with a private forum here on the WGA site. An effective BOD member will read all new posts on that BOD forum, at least 5 to 7 times a week. As a BOD member you will be forced to have an opinion on things maybe you don't care about. You will need to stand up for what you think is best for the organization, even if the eight other people involved disagree. You will have to take criticism for decisions the BOD makes, even if you didn't agree in the first place.

Sometimes, being on the BOD is a LOT of work and a substantial time commitment, especially before/during/after WGA events. All BOD members are expected to be in attendance for WGA events. As a BOD member, you are expected to work at least for part of those events. Will you be happy with getting only 3 hours of caching time for the entire campout weekend? Will you be happy with only being able to see just a small part of the event location? Do you mind loading full, sopping wet garbage bags in the back of your van to take them out of the park? How do you feel about using some of your house or garage to store some of the WGA's stuff?

Every single nit-picky detail of a WGA event needs to be taken care of, and believe me, you will be surprised as to how many little (and big) tasks there actually are.

Do you have some good ideas for the WGA? Are you too shy to bring them up? Will you get discouraged quickly if you don't get immediate buy-in from the other BOD members? Do you have the desire to champion an idea and work it all the way through to the end? I can tell you from my years on this BOD that if an idea doesn't have a "driving force" behind it, it will simply fall through the cracks and nothing will ever be done with it.

I know, geocaching is simply a hobby, and that we all have "day jobs" & family that have to take priority. However, do you have enough time left over in your life to dedicate to this organization? Does your job frequently take you out of town, or does it consume most of your weekends?

Do you have some money? No, really, this is a serious question. Some of the WGA events WILL be quite a drive from where you live. Remember when gas was more than $4.00/gal? You will also need to pay for your camping/hotel/park admission at the WGA events too. BOD members do NOT get to stay free, sorry. There are times when you may need to purchase something on behalf of the WGA. Repayment is always done promptly (receipts required), but often can take a couple of weeks, sometimes longer.

Being on the BOD gives you a chance to give back to the geocaching community in a real and lasting way. You will have the opportunity to guide the direction of this organization. You will get to meet more of our membership than you ever have in the past (just sign up to work the registration table).

Candidates, you don't have to comment on this topic if you don't want to. What I do ask you to do is give the things mentioned above some serious thought. Respectfully I ask, if you don't think you have what it takes, please leave it to somebody who does. I would like to see this upcoming BOD be best and most active we have ever had. Remember, if you are elected, you will be expected to serve for the entire 2 years of the term.

Good luck to all candidates!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:57 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This was a good question last year, and thanks for recycling it.

Since I have become a BOD member, I could prob count on one hand the amount of days that I have not logged into the website at least once during the day. If you ask the current board, I can be opinionated, and have brought up some ideas that some of the BOD members do not agree with, but will support the final decisions of the BOD.

After being in the position, there is a lot of stuff that goes on behind the scenes of the big events that most of the attendees never know about. There is planning for the Spring campout in the works already.

Luckily my job does not require me to work weekends, and my commitments to the Ambulance and Fire Dept do not often hamper my weeekends off either. Most of the time during the summer, I also have Fridays off. This works well for our caching time at the big events as we have a day for ourselves to cache the area and still be able to work at the events.

I have enjoyed the last 2 years on the BOD and hope that I will be able to serve on the BOD for another 2 years.

The post above is purely the opinion of the poster and is no way connected to the opinions of the WGA Board.

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Joined: 2010-09-22
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:28 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This is a very good question and I very much appreciate someone with experience in this area being forthcoming with what is expected of someone on the BOD. Am I OK with traveling to events? Yes, I'd say so. I love to travel! Give me a good road trip any time. I already had planned on going to all the WGA events before I was nominated to the BOD. Am I OK with grabbing only a few caches because I'll be too busy helping? Definitely. I don't think of myself as a power cacher. I only grabbed a couple of geocaches at the WGA picnic at Pike Lake because I was busy helping and I considered my time helping and socializing as time well spent. I think that this is easier now for me than it would have been a few years ago. My children have gotten a little older and so it is much easier for me to devote my time to other things. They've also gotten old enough to help and have long been used to their mother instructing them to be of help at various church, 4H or geocaching functions that we volunteer for.

Not all who wander are lost, some are geocaching.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:43 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Simply put... I wouldn't be running for BOD if I felt that I did not have what it takes!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:28 am Reply with quote Back to top

Traveling? No problem I love it and usually do it whenever there's a good opportunity for a good time. Time? Oh, I've got plenty and a very flexible schedule as far as work goes. Involvement? No problem! I'll get my hands dirty and gladly work at any events. I love the environment and passion of people at the events. If I don't get much time to cache personally, it's not a big deal to me. I put a lot of thought into running for BOD and wouldn't of accepted if I didn't feel I could handle it.

Not all those who wander are lost. The smart ones set waypoints... 
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