BLUF - Does "Fit In" apply when taking the helm of a community service organization?
In July I will become the president of a local community organization with about 60 members. There are 12 people on the board. I have been President-Elect for 9 months, will be 1 year this July. I have been a club member for 6 or 7 years. Most club members are older than I am. Most club members have been in the club longer than I have.
The club suffers from apathy and attrition. This apathy extends all the way up into the board. I believe this is the result of lack of activities for people to be involved in. There are one or two big fund-raising events, semi-annual highway cleanup, and a Christmas party. Other than that it's lunch once a week.
Each member of the board is the chair of a committee. Currently there aren't any members on any of the committees, with the exception of 1, so the chair is responsible for whatever gets done. Nothing gets done.
The past couple of presidents have been very good people who haven't had a lot of time to invest in the club. Let's say that not only did I run unopposed, but people were tickled that someone was willing to be president without too much arm-twisting.
The club has several layers of organization higher up (club - district - zone - international) all of which are very supportive.
I really think everyone wants things to change. I was planning on using a board retreat to brainstorm the committee structures and fellowship opportunities in the club.
Does it make sense to do the same 90 days of fitting and and not making changes? Or is this a different situation because of the long lead-in period?