When regional chairs offer to help a member with something, follow through!
I have a road trip to Zion coming up and would have liked to post as global activity. I have been a member for only one year so was unable to post. Tacoma Branch Chair offered to help any way he could and though I reached out twice, I received no follow through. Suggest:
1. Changing rules for activity posts so those who have experience and good activities can communicate to others who may be interested in participating.
2. If you are a in a lead position (regional chair) and offer your assistance, follow through to your membership community. It shows you care and have a passion for the organization and its vision. It also creates a sense of community.
Chris corresponded with you about these issues. Please let us knwo if you need anything more.
Chris Williams commented
If I’m reading your comment right, you seemed to have wanted to post a trip to Zion that other members could have signed up for, is that right? Although wonderful, it’s not how the organization as a whole sponsors activities. For all of our trips, there is a committee of people responsible for structuring how they occur and establishing what the requirements for becoming a “Leader” are (Leaders have the authority to post trips for a committee). Let me know if I’m even understanding your concern correctly though. I also see the possibility that you may have been looking to publicize your own trip and open it up to other members – not sure if that was what you cared about more.
As for your second point, we do believe that volunteers should do the job just as professionally as any paid staff in any other organization. Almost universally, I see our volunteers take an incredible amount of pride and investment in meeting people’s requests and needs. Balls get dropped sometimes, however, when limited time to devote to a program gets in the way of a quick response OR a flood of emails in this modern world inadvertently buries a request. Not sure what you ran into though and I’m sorry if there was this (or any other sort) of failure. Who did you speak with/email? The Tacoma Branch Chair is Scott Davidson and he doesn’t recall any communication on this issue or with you. If it was someone else, please help us understand where the disconnect occurred.
Sorry you ran into frustration. I'll respond privately via email as well.