They won't be hung either. :)
On a more serious note, I would put some efforts into finding a mechanism for making NCNCA bylaws and other business more transparent and easier to locate.
Programs that require application need to be easy to find and the process documented so that would be applicants can navigate the process with fewer pitfalls.
We are still a bit old school in the way information gets shared. It reminds me of when I first started to ride. Those who had been in the peleton a while knew how things worked. Those who were knew had to learn the hard way. Either by being left out and learning about things after the fact, or being scolded for not knowing something that was never communicated.
Mad Axeman wrote:I promise if elected president, there will be no hanging of people named Chad (or anyone by any other name for that matter).
What is your (political) position on animals, or more specifically, zebras?
I promise if elected president, there will be no hanging of people named Chad (or anyone by any other name for that matter).
We're actually improving the process for 2009 elections (2010 Officers + BOD). Here's the skinny:
September 2009 -- revising position descriptions for all Officers and BOD members.
October 2009 -- Officer + BOD descriptions posted. call for candidates!
October + November 2009 -- Candidate info posted to NCNCA.org. Forums go wild with election craziness. Elections will take place electronically and on paper (so we might have some hanging chads) and will conclude at the Annual Race Scheduling Meeting (tentatively scheduled for November 2nd, 2009).
November + December 2009 -- transition training with incoming + outgoing Officers + BOD members.
January 2010 -- New Officers + BOD in place.
February 2010 -- freak-out phone calls to Casey begin (jk)
Lorri Lee Lown
I'm having trouble finding a link to the bylaws. Is there one?
Casey and Lorri, can either or both of you give us all a quick overview of the process for electing officers?
A bunch of folks have asked, so I'm throwing this out there:
I have NO INTEREST in being president of the NCNCA for 2010. I've been Treasurer of the NCNCA for the past three years and I think that's the best possible way for me to contribute to the management of the organization. Thanks to all for the vote of confidence, but I think that it's important for the NCNCA to have continuity with the role of Treasurer, especially during the transition to a new President.
I am, however, working on the transition plan along with Casey and the BOD and am happy to report that there are a handful of very exciting candidates who have been nominated and are interested in the role of President for next season.
For those who have agenda items, the best bet is to send them to the BOD in advance so they can be placed on the agenda. You can find the email addresses of BOD and officers at : http://www.ncnca.org/docs/contact/#officers
If you send your agenda items to the BOD/officers in advance, we can review them and put them on the agenda. Especially with important and far-reaching items, you deserve to get thorough attention on the matter, and just sending a note on the webcon won't provide that for you.
Because the NCNCA meeting is held out the east east east bay, I typically connect via the webcon. The audio is great, however, the only person at the meeting who will see your comments is Casey (and other chat participants). Because Casey is also running the meeting, he can't always keep up with the chat and share comments with the meeting attendees. I've also lost connectivity a couple of months.
Is there a way to attend the meeting remotely? All the world knows that I have a couple of pet topics I've been wanting the BOD to take action on.
I should be able to make it this Monday.
More than likely there will have to be a couple of different people who do everything I do. I'm not sure everyone who picks up some of what I do next year needs to be on the board. The most time consuming job is the upgrading and there have been a couple of people who have expressed some interest in doing that. DEaling with race permit approvals might be the next biggest time chunk. Officials assignments is pretty quick since most of that gets done in January. Dealing with general questions from people is probably between approving race permits and or maybe about equal to approving permits in terms of the time required. There is no reason why the president has to do anything other than answer general questions and deal with contacting USAC. Upgrading, race permits and officials scheduling can all be done by other people.
Ron, I've always thought elections should be earlier in the fall. However, I think our by-laws specify the December meeting. Yes, that doesn't allow for any overlap or training.
The BOD has started to look at Casey's world and I've made some suggestions for a slightly different split of duties among all the officers. Perhaps we could put this on the agenda for Monday's NCNCA meeting?
Ron, if you're interested in running, I would encourage you (or anyone else interested in running for President) to start attending the monthly NCNCA meetings now. This will help shorten the learning curve for the new President.
This one is kind of big though, do we really want to wait until the last minute?
Seems like the more buffer we can give for a transition period the better off the district would be. With Casey having been in the position so long, any candidate will have a sizable adaptation period. Overlap for the purpose of training would seem to make good sense. It's not an easy job, and one that should not be taken lightly.
When something out of the norm happens, doing things the way we "typically" do them may not necessarily the best plan of action.
Elections and nominations typically take place at the December BOD meeting.
Just wondering if there has been any movement on this topic.
If not, I am considering putting my name into the hat.
I would need to find out some specifics.
I would imagine there would need to be some sifting out of the tasks and duties that Casey performs to figure out which of the many functions Casey performs are specific to the position and which ones are not.
Well, I certainly wish Casey good luck and good times in Trinity!!! I really look forward to the sort of course he comes up with.
I'm surprised there's been no response to this post. The selection of a new president is a huge deal. But then consider the annual turn-out at the USAC elections, which require just a few mouse clicks to vote.
Honestly I think Casey is a bit of an intimidating model to follow for any candidate. His involvement in the sport has been so extensive during his term as president. I hope qualified candidates aren't discouraged from contributing what they have to offer.