Greetings ShadowChase, I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather.
First, I am sorry to report Thomas Lopes resigned as a result of the last meeting. I will not elaborate other than to pass on that he is available to explain the Board actions that precipitated his resignation.
Thomas has offered to assist me with the Corridor and other tasks to ensure an orderly transition, which I happily accept. We have worked together respectfully even when we disagreed and I, along with most of you, will miss his presence in the Club.
Elections are coming and we need dedicated people to join the Board. As you prioritize the things you do in your life, will you consider giving back to ShadowChase? That’s how I got here; some members recognized the need for change and approached me based on my experience with various organizations. I am asking each member to consider if they are willing to help shape the future of our club. ShadowChase has done a lot of great things and to ensure that we move into the future ready to meet all challenges and serve our mission, we need your help.
Every election presents an opportunity for motivated people to get involved and move this organization forward. My goals were to work towards improving the club by making it more transparent, improve member relationships, and assure the club runs well. With the start of an organizational document and a master calendar of activities, the next Board will find it easier to understand what they are to oversee and when most events will occur. Yet there remains significant work to form ShadowChase into the club we want to grow and prosper into the future. With cooperation, these improvements can be refined and built upon making the organization stronger and easier to run. My hope is that with some of the changes instituted, more open and welcoming conversations can take place where all ideas are respectfully considered. The opportunity is now for new leaders to pick up from here.
The internet has much information on how to run a Board and its legal responsibilities. I have found the following to be helpful in listing the duties of nonprofit board members:
• Take care of the nonprofit by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facility, people, and good will; and provide oversight for all activities that advance the nonprofit’s effectiveness and sustainability. (legal “Duty of due care”)
• Make decisions in the best interest of the nonprofit corporation; not in his or her self-interest. (legal “Duty of loyalty”)
• Ensure that the nonprofit obeys applicable laws and acts in accordance with ethical practices; that the nonprofit adheres to its stated corporate purposes, and that its activities advance its mission. (legal “Duty of obedience”)”
Nominations will soon be out, please consider putting your name or other qualified members in the hat.
The next Club Run will be October 22, the Coast to Crest Trail, details are included with this newsletter. A mostly rolling trail along the Mokelumne River that everyone enjoyed last year. Hope to see you there.
Robert Serpa, President