mbmoehl wrote:I've only been a member for the past two years so i didn't get to see the MMBA under the direction of anyone other than Marnie, so any comparison and contrast i would have to take on faith from this forum. I don't want to get into an ED name bashing, so what was it the the MMBA, as a whole lets say, did differently when it was at it's peak than it's doing today. There has to be additional factors aside from the ED, like this ridiculous economy...
Its not that "the mmba" did things that much differently. Its that "the mmba" grew and changed. Todd used to be our Advocacy Director, our Volunteer Coordinator, our Communications Director, our Webmaster, our Fundraiser, our face and our voice. He was our sales guy for ads. He was our trail coordinator support. He "guided" the board and set direction. He planned & coordinated the annual meeting and secured the guest speaker. He shook hands in Lansing and Washington DC. He built trail and attended chapter meetings.
What did "the MMBA" do differently when Todd was ED? We relied on Todd to keep the train on the tracks and running on time. The state board used to meet 4 times per year. That's it. Everything that needed to be dealt with could be done in those 4 meetings. Because our employee was keeping the lights on. When the state board realized that this was not a sustainable model, Todd stepped down. The state board has filled in the gaps as best it could for the past few years.
Our insurance policy was minimal. Our treasurer was doing nothing more than "keeping a checkbook". Our Membership Director, Merchandise Director, and CPS director were 2 people living in the same house and managing themselves just fine on their own (and also went to every CPS race in the state with the MMBA tent). There was no online store. There was no membership database. Our website was little more than this forum.
Times have changed. Expectations have changed. Volunteers have changed.
Since Todd left, the board is now meeting every other month via phone, plus 4 "in person" meetings per year. We spend hours and hours on those phone calls talking about insurance policies, waiver retention policies, financial concerns, advocacy concerns, membership numbers, bike patrol, cps, merchandise, newsletters, BRB ... We spent countless hours in the past two years trying to affectively manage our ED. We wrote job descriptions. We set goals and deliverables. And then we had to follow up on those goals and deliverables. We had become personnel managers and HR consultants.
Because we are all otherwise employed, and acting on volunteer time - this has left very little energy and motivation left to do much more than keep the train on the tracks. And it is no longer running on time. And there is no one new stepping up to the plate. No changes to our bylaws will change that.
What is currently being required of a Volunteer Board of Directors is just WAY too much. What I really want to do is ride my bike, but the price I'm paying right now to do so is just too flipping high.