1. The way the board sits now, it would be nearly impossible to gain a spot on the board being a novice or young member.
This is drastically different than your original comment.
1. The elections that were held tonight were for a group of 9 people to be on a board, and from those 9 people THEY would select the appropriate person to run each of the positions available.
I will try to answer this new question with the comment that others will mirror, you do what you can to get noticed, and you will do a good job by supporting and offering services to help. Jumping in and helping to run leagues, work on organization for work days at the course, show up and help at other workdays. Overall it takes notice from more than just the message board to gain the approval of this little group that we have that come to the meetings to elect. In fact one method that is sorely under-utilized is as being a new member, get more people to sign up to the club and then ask them for the vote as a board member at the next meeting. We have a TON of work to do in garnering the support of the casual golfer to help our club grow. I would challenge you to do that as a calling card. At the next elections, you would simply stand up and say, you 30 new people that joined the club because of my instigation, please vote for me. 'Nuff said at that point. THat would be awesome, and I personally don't have the time to drive out new membership unfortunately, this may be an option to get you in faster if that is your desire.
I think that again the comment I made about speaking clearly about your strengths during the elections, and then again during the Board voting for the position is an excellent idea to possibly swing votes your direction. As indicated by me last night, I am not running for an office, I am simply on the board to help through the transition at this point (of course I have been saying this since 2004 that I was done...so I waffle quite large on my stance...I was close last year though....
) and as such even running for the board, to simply sit on it and help will be an option in the future as long as there are more than 7 on the board. This may enable people to run that want to gain more exposure and experience about the processes that go in place prior to running for an office, the first year, as such their second year, they may feel that they can offer more even midterm for them as officers are elected yearly now, instead of every 2 years.
As Keizer indicated though its not all fun and games at the EC meetings. I would venture out a bit that realistically most of the board members will spend close to 20-30 hours a month towards the disc golf work that needs to be done at a minimum, some more. I hope this helps answer the second part of Question #1, though unforseen....
2. People that hold a position on the board can also be coordinators.
I understand that the people elected were voted in by the people and and they will do what is best for the club don't get me wrong. This was more of a precaution to let's say 8 of the 9 members on the board were also on the course committee for WW. I hope that it would not hurt the other courses but I could foresee players getting angry for WW have better facilities and or more money spent at that course.
AS a rule any change to the faclilities of a course are typically done on the Park & Recreation level. We very rarely will exercise money on courses that are of such a significance that it impedes another course. We spent quite a bit of money and time to create tee signs for all the courses prior to worlds, develop new placements, were fortunate enough to receive new baskets Down Under, I got another grant from PIAC for Swope for new tee areas. I personally think that Swope (is in need of a complete Re-design IMO) is a course that is significantly in need of additional funding for trees as we have lost so many trees out there due to natures rodents that it has altered the entire course.
I plan on seeing how funding is going to happen in the KCMO side now that Prop A passed. It will suck for disc golf
. That is money that will no longer be available and has been the reason that we have courses in Kansas City Missouri for every course except Swope. Water Works was from a PIAC grant
, Cliff Drive was from a PIAC grant
, Blue Valley was from a PIAC grant
, the additional $120,000 for the 2 new courses in Blue Valley is from a PIAC GRANT
. That money is now no longer going to be available. I am uncertain how new courses within the Kansas City parks is going to happen now. It will be interested to see what plans groups will take to get funding for community projects now. Speaking of time given to the sport without playing it, I can attest that this will now absorb probably at least 8-12 hours/month for me to follow other leaders in community organizations to determine the best method to garner that support.
My other thought on this is that with elections every year should something like this happen the election process should eliminate this consensus the following election cycle. I can see the argument here though, but I tend to think the best of people, yes that does burn me often.......
I can understand your concern for this in an extreme case as something that could happen. Realistically I do not personally think that would ever be the case. WaterWorks is a great example as it is a course that is loved by all. The thought of collusion to a course had not entered my mind from that standpoint. My thought is that anyone that dedicated to give their time for free to the organization to run for an office should would also have enough integrity to ensure that no course is isolated and looked at in favor of any others.
But I do have a preference of courses, and I also know that some P&R departments are easier to work with to help us develop courses, as such I personally think that the smaller communities that have more P&R support should receive less than financial support from the club than those larger ones that tend to neglect their parks in trying times, like our current financial state. Budgets get cut, and once something is cut its very difficult to regain it. SO the Board needs to take this into consideration when looking to extend financial support to the courses that it supports.
Again as I indicated, I voted for ya. I already like the thinking that you are making me ponder just with the posts. I would imagine that to be the case on the meetings as well.
Fear not. The best thing to do is to continue to help, and not look at this as a discouragement, but moreso as an opportunity to show how to engage and make a difference that must be recognized.