ROSNF is growing rapidly, with more than 2000 members, a booming Facebook page and a real buzz happening in our community. It’s all looking good!
At least some of this success comes off the back of a very successful Sydney Convention, where our booth was alive with member interactions and our social media breakout was particularly well attended. As ROSNF Chair and Convention Director for 2013-14, I experienced the thrill of a very active participation in our Sydney Convention presence. It was a great experience. With three Board directors and many members joining in, the fun was infectious over five exciting days.
Realistically though, we had every reason to succeed in Sydney. The Board of ROSNF includes four Australian directors and we have an engaged local membership, so our capacity to field a strong team in Sydney Convention was only to be expected. We were in our own back yard.
Contrast that with 12 months earlier in Lisbon, where we only had a small team available to work on our booth and there were no local Board directors. Despite the terrific efforts of our volunteers, we simply did not have the numbers to keep our booth operating and as a result it was unattended for lengthy periods. Not a good look and one which drew criticism from members.
Now look forward to São Paulo. In an eerie similarity, Convention will again be held in a Portuguese-speaking country where ROSNF has no local Board members.
We will face decision time soon, as the time draws near for us to decide whether to reserve a booth at Convention ’15. To have another successful ROSNF presence, we will need ROSNF leaders and sufficient helpers committed to work on our booth. We cannot in good conscience expect a few stalwarts to forego the other great experiences at Convention just to staff our stall. That’s simply not fair.
The things that have worked in the past and could work again in preparing for Convention ’15 are:
Recruit more local ROSNF members to our Board group. That approach can work. By way of example, Sydney-based Kate McKenzie joined our Board less than 12 months before Convention ’14 and made a brilliant contribution to ROSNF and at Convention.
I am delighted to announce that your ROSNF Board has unanimously supported the selection of PDG Guz Goh as your ROSNF Chair-Elect 2014-15, to take office as ROSNF Chair 2015-16. Guz was the sole nominee when nominations for the position closed earlier this month.
As a consequence of Guz’ selection, I have appointed him as a ROSNF Director with immediate effect for the remainder of the current Rotary year.
Congratulations PDG Guz! #ROSNF will be in excellent hands in 2015-16.
In his capacity as ROSNF Elections Chair for this cycle, the selection of Chair-Elect for 2014-2015 to serve as ROSNF Chair in the 2015-2016 Rotary Year, Mel Powell reports that the seven-day nominations period has concluded.
One candidate has accepted a nomination to serve. Under Section 2a of our Bylaws pertaining to elections, when there is one candidate, the Board then announces to the Membership the name of that candidate, and that pursuant to the Bylaws we now re-open the nominations for an additional 72 hours. The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/ .
The following email was sent to ROSNF members at 7.30am Aust WST on 8 May 2014:
Dear ROSNF Members,
Our Fellowship’s Bylaws call for the election of a Chair-Elect in May, to serve as Chair beginning the following 1 July 14 months later. Nominations for Chair-Elect will open in 24 hours, and any ROSNF Member may nominate an eligible candidate.
To be eligible for nomination as ROSNF Chair-Elect for 2014-2015, to serve as Chair for 2015-2016, a Rotarian Member of ROSNF must have served one full year on the Board of ROSNF as of 30 June 2014 (it is presumed for purposes of nomination that a current Board Member will complete this Rotary Year as a Board Member), and must have served on the Board no further in the past than three Rotary Years (during 2011-2012 or later). The list of candidates eligible to be nominated is here: http://rosnf.net/2014/05/eligible-candidates-may-2014-chair-elect-ballot/
(Mel Powell is eligible but, serving as Elections Chair, may not be nominated.)
If you wish to nominate one of the above eligible candidates, please send an e-mail nominating one person to the nominations email address (it’s in the email sent to members & can also be accessed in our Members-only group).
Nominations will open in 24 hours and remain open for 7 days, after which time no further candidates may be nominated.
The election will be held during the week following the close of nominations. You may read the Bylaws for information on the elections process by visiting the “About” page on the website. Thank you for your participation in this election process, and for your continuing participation in our Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship.
Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship offered a place in the draw for a #ROSNF pin as an incentive for members to share our Facebook page cover announcing the opening of the ROSNF online store. I am pleased to announce that the winner of the pin is member Jim Goit.
Thank you to those who voted in this month’s poll re the change to our Bylaws concerning the election of our Chair-Elect. You have given overwhelming endorsement to the proposal. Our Rotarians on Social Networks Fellowship Bylaws have been amended to reflect your decision.
As a consequence of your decision, we will be calling for nominations for Chair-Elect in May 2014.