State of the Chapter – Now I am become Death, Destroyer of Meetings – 575 words
Something historic happened tonight and if you weren’t at Executive Meeting, you missed it. We held this chapter’s last executive business meeting (We also voted to eject Trevor from meeting for funsies – you can do that!) That’s a bit weird to read, I know.
I’ll be blunt: Executive Meeting as it is now (And nearly every incarnation of it that I’ve seen) accomplishes nothing. The new meeting format made this even more apparent. Executive Meeting was never intended to just be “Diet Chapter Meeting-Lite” but that’s what it became. That’s not good – so we’re going to change it.
But – that meeting credit isn’t going away. Starting next week, that time will now serve as a place for Branch meetings (On a rotating basis to be determined. One week will be Membership, another will be Leadership, so on and so forth.) Everyone is welcome to attend in order to give feedback and take a peek at how a branch is run. You’ll still get credit for attending, and I’ll do my best to make sure another event is scheduled around the same time. The notable exceptions will be when we make changes to Opsman and Bylaws, and when we open nominations for elections – Only then will we hold a traditional Executive Meeting.
It seems that every day I’m reminded that I’m proud to be your chapter president. And October, being as busy as it is, makes that even more apparent. There’s OU Weekend, Longhorn Halloween and Blood Drive. Along with countless other great recurring events (Like Elmercise, for when you inevitably eat too much fried food at the fair next weekend). All the officers involved in all of these projects (And all the others I didn’t list) have put in a fantastic amount of work planning them. Seriously, they deserve more praise than the occasional applause at meeting – the dedicated and fantastic officers we have are what make this chapter work. And this change to Executive Meeting represents us as a chapter respecting their time more. Officers should spend time planning and doing, not sitting in Al Kiva passing the same motions they will on Sunday anyway.
To shift gears a bit – Heismeyers, I’m so happy you’re here. Your skits are great and I love the enthusiasm you’ve brought to our chapter so far. I’m trying hard to get to know all of you, but don’t be afraid to shame me if I botch your name. Recently, you elected your pledge class officers, who will go on to make many important decisions for your pledge class. I’ve heard that a lot of you ran for positions– which is awesome. I want to congratulate everyone who ran, seriously. It takes real courage to run for an officer position, and whether you got the position or not, you’re a valued member of this chapter and have a lot to offer everyone. I mean hey, I ran for pledge class service chair of the Krenek Pledge Class and lost, so not getting a position isn’t that bad. Your fellow Heismeyers and brothers support you no matter what.
This chapter has a great future ahead of it. And we’re all building it together – piece by piece, day by day. As always, reach out to me on facebook or at email@example.com if anything is on your mind, or use the form https://goo.gl/forms/svcLoROZyQY4JrMm2 . I love to listen.