To be or not to be. That is the question.
An existential dilema is developing. Should, or even can, the NOCCC remain as it
has been for the past 37 years or so?
Club membership is headed down. Average member age is up. Volunteerism is
virtually non-existent. That old enthusiasm
for all-things-computing is dying fast.
At the latest Board of Directors meeting there was great diasppointment in how
the general membership won't volunteer for anything or even offer up opinions
on anything club related. Even board members and officers have been leaving their
assigned workstations at a ferocious pace. (The webmaster is not on the Board
so not to worry, yet. He enjoys his fly-on-the-wall-status too much.)
The most worrisome development is the immanent loss of our esteemed Orange
Bytes Newsletter Editor for health reasons. There are members in the club,
apparently, too feeble
to ever come out for an in-person SIG or Main Meeting day at the clubhouse, who
nevertheless cry loud and often if their printed
newsletter ever fails
to darken their doorway.
This leads other members to bemoan the loss of revenue should those non-attending
members cancel their memberships. Still, no one steps up to the plate
over Editorship of the much loved Bytes Newsletter. One would think that in a
membership of 120 to 135 souls, who profess interest in computers/computing,
there would be at least several tech writers, wordsmiths, or budding content-creators
just waiting for a chance to practice their profession for the good of others, if
not monetary gain.
But the problem is even worse. In this coming election (June 2014), there will be
openings for President, Vice President, and Secretary, with no clear candidates
in sight. Will anyone step forward?
From whence will a much-needed enthusiastic leader emerge?
A President is needed
who will wear two hats: The Evangelist who leads us out of the darkness with
his or her enthusiasm for making club membership exciting again, and the
the Statesman who brings a knowledge and familiarity with business, financial,
governmental, and educational leaders and organizations . . .
for the purpose of securing interesting, computer-relevant, and enthusiastic
speakers to our Main Meeting forum.
The Presidency of any organization is primarily a job for a
top-notch salesman, be he/she man or woman, who can motivate others to work
hard for the mission of the organization and to motivate still others to
at organization events; after all, why do we get together in the first place?
To hear something exciting and new, and possibly be inspired to greater
heights or pursuits, as well as to interact with fellow cohorts.
It would be a shame if this tradition of the Club would simply
fade away, like old soldiers.
So, please evaluate for yourselves whether or not you can contribute to the
continuation of this fine OLD club. It just may be your ticket to greater
self actualization which, as many have learned, is what keeps us going.