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Sandygirl 11-22-2014 04:12 AM

Any volunteers? Anyone? (Cricket chirps)
Sheesh! It is time for our Guild to change Chairs. (Presidents) We have 2 co-chairs to partner with running the monthly business /guild meeting. I was a co-chair this year. We put it on the floor for nominations...volunteers for 2015 . not one person stepped forward. We have members who, for years, love handling various roles in the Guild but, gee, many members who come to be entertained without any partiiption in a leadership role. We explained that it was not a big deal to run the meeting. We plan the years' activities in January and just need someone to follow the agenda. Easy.

Well, guess what? In January we are going to sit in the audience waiting for someone to start the meeting that I am NOT going to start. Should be interesting......

in the meantime, someone may come forward.


PatriceJ 11-22-2014 04:25 AM

at least you don't have people who will resort to skullduggery to grab the reins and never let go. LOL

this might be [ok ... probably is] a nutty idea, but what if ...
everybody's name goes into a hat each month.
the person/people whose name(s) are drawn have to lead the next month's meeting.
there is a remote possibility that somebody who didn't think they'd want to would discover they like doing it and are good at it.

Jeanne S 11-22-2014 05:18 AM

I like the suggestion from Patrice! It is only fair that everyone share in the effort. If the group is large enough, perhaps 2 could share the job as co-leaders for each meeting, working with another to share the task may be a little less scary for some who don't like to speak up in front of a group of people. But rotating the duty among all seems like a great way to go.

QuiltnNan 11-22-2014 07:07 AM

that's what we do... co-office holders. we are a very large guild and have lots of volunteers, but many travel, etc. and don't want to commit to a two year stretch. also, multiple minds create better ideas. so i got co-vp of programs for the next two years starting in January. and my co-vp is a snowbird in jan and feb... so this works for us.

NJ Quilter 11-22-2014 07:41 AM

I am not involved in a guild but another volunteer organization. I can't play nicely with some of the current officers so, for only the 2nd time in over 20 years, will NOT be sitting at the head table during meetings. When asking for volunteers for officers most of the members hide under their chairs. Very frustrating indeed.

PatriceJ has a great suggestion! Wish we could adapt it to our organization!

Sandygirl 11-22-2014 04:25 PM

I love Patrices' idea too'!! Might just do that in January if no one steps up. I was also thinking of mentoring the first meeting if anyone is interested in some guidance.

Wonnie 11-23-2014 07:50 AM

Don't belong to a guild but, if I did, would like Patrices's idea. Do have to throw this out, however.....how large is the guild and exactly what are the duties. If you've done something for a long time it just gets easier...for someone who's never led anything before it might be overwhelming. For me, I love all the planning, research, etc. that goes into an event ( be in charge BEHIND the scene so to speak ) but do not do speaking in front of a crowd well. Still and all though, if I knew those were going to be the rules of the guild I' d find a way to do it.

caspharm 11-23-2014 12:07 PM

Originally Posted by Sandygirl (Post 6979968)
I love Patrices' idea too'!! Might just do that in January if no one steps up. I was also thinking of mentoring the first meeting if anyone is interested in some guidance.

Sandy, I like your idea of mentoring the first meeting. I volunteered to run for president for my guild this year and lasted about 3 months. The only reason I had volunteered was no one else wanted to step up and we have to have a president in order for the guild to exist. Originally, I was running for vp and we had 2 candidates for vp, but no one for pres, I stepped in. However, there was no real support from the previous president and I felt like I was left hanging on several occasions. We have a lot of strong personalities in the group.

After a couple of months, I stepped down because I had family issues that developed and didn't need the extra drama.

lynnie 11-23-2014 12:59 PM

thumbs up for Patrice's idea. then if they don't like it, they can leave.

Tartan 11-23-2014 02:34 PM

Unfortunately the same in our area. Those of us that have served in several positions are tired and getting anyone to volunteer is hard. I love Patrice's idea!

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