In years past in our club (Pontchartrain Astronomy Society of New Orleans) we have actually had elections for officer positions. From my memory we have not actually held an election for at least about 15 years but we have always managed to find a volunteer every year for our 5 positions - President, 1st Vice-President/Programs, 2nd Vice-President/Newsletter Editor, Treasurer and Secretary. (Note - our Treasurer has now served for at least the last 12 years and the 2nd Vice-President has served for at least the last 10 years. Our President will be serving for his 3rd year in 2020 and our 1st Vice-President will be doing the same. Our current Secretary will stay active as our ALCOR representative, but will not serve again as Secretary.)
To date, I, as immediate past President, serve as head of the Nominating Committee. We have not been able to convince any member to take on the role of Secretary. My concern is not so much this position, even though we would like to see participation from people who have never served as an officer. We do have a number of people who are certainly capable of fulfilling the duties of the position. My concern is more one of getting people to volunteer moving forward with some of the other positions, those that we need to have some continuity with such as club Treasurer and club 2nd VP/newsletter editor. If those positions go begging at some point in the future, I believe we are in real trouble.
I am also very well aware that as a hobby organization we cannot coerce people to run for positions that they do not want. (Most say that they do not have the time, even though a good number are now retired.) So does anyone reading this have suggestions for attracting and keeping officers? I fear that our club, like others, may have trouble surviving if we are unsuccessful in getting members to step up to the plate.
Edited by BarrySimon615, 28 November 2019 - 11:21 AM.