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It has been a busy quarter for APCUG. We are starting to recover from a very rough transition. We are making progress on bringing back services that you need and want. We are working out new processes to make sure that no single person is ever in control again. We are working towards becoming a leadership team, instead of just a group of elected officials.
I reported last time that we were going to become more open about our financial status. In this issue of Reports, on page 4, you will find the latest treasurerís report to the members. This covers the spending that has gone on in the first quarter. Yes, we had to spend more money than we expected to in the first 3 months of the year. That should have been expected. The money bought the organization a better handle on what records we have and donít have. It allowed us to meet with more of the groups. And, it allowed us to become current on all bills - instead of depending on someone paying them out of pocket and getting reimbursed.
On the event front, we have kicked off two new events - the annual meeting for 2011 and the annual meeting for 2012. (You can read more about each of them in this issue of reports.)
The 2011 meeting will be held in Cleveland this July. The conference attached to the annual meeting has plenty of great speakers, time for you to connect with the advisors and board members, and time to connect with each other. After the conference and annual meeting is done, the two boards will be doing a face to face meeting at the same location to work on goals and commitments for the rest of the year and the start of 2012.
Speaking of 2012, the 2012 annual meeting will be held onboard the FACUG cruise in January 2012. We will be working with FACUG to make sure that the cruise meets the needs of all the APCUG groups.
Board meetingsÖ This one, I admit I have fallen down on. I havenít been posting the dates and times or the agendas. I apologize. Board of Directors meetings are the fourth Sunday of every month starting at 9pm Eastern Time. If you are interested in sitting in on one of the meetings, feel free to let me know.
The website is still very much a work under construction. We need to come up with a new design and implement it. That is one of the top things on my list of priorities for this quarter.
Member groups have made it clear that they want more speaker ideas. Check out Don Singletonís article on page 9 for information on the Speakers Bureau. Feel free to contact Don to arrange one of these speakers. If you need an emergency speaker, feel free to contact me as well.
Another common request is for access to the list of existing groups. Guess what? Itís almost done! Marie Vesta (our vice president and Membership Chair) has an article on page 5 providing a sneak peek at the new system. Check out her article to see what the new system looks like. (While you are at it, send a thank you to Ed Robertís OLS team. Volunteers from the team have built this new system from scratch since my last note to you.)
What can you expect for the next quarter? Besides the new website, we are working to re-connect with both new and existing sponsors. We are looking for ways that they can make your lives easier. We are looking to re-create a document repository and discussion area so that you all can share ideas. And, we are looking to take the Speakerís Bureau to the next step and start presenting webinars to train you and your leadership team on topics you can share with your members.