12/6/2018: Presidents Column

Good morning KUUF members and friends. I hope this holiday season finds you well and in good spirits. Please spend a moment with me to give thanks for all we have, knowing that others in our KUUF family are not entirely well and may be struggling with health or financial challenges. May our blessings and actions provide support for all their needs. Thank you.

 

Today I want to explore something which has challenged me for years and that is: how do we make decisions when the “right” committee does not exist to broker new ideas? This question was brought up recently at “Conversation with the Board” and is one I struggled with while chairing Buildings and Grounds. Unilateral decisions made in the past, whether we agreed with the decision or not, maintained order and kept our equipment where we could find it, and kept us in compliance with fire codes and other statutory requirements. That structure no longer exists. I feel we are floating around in a nebulous milieu; so, how do we address this thing that has no clear boundaries?

 

While some things are clear regarding who is responsible for a specific decision, e.g., the color of paint used to mark stripes in the parking lot decided by Building and Grounds, others are not. Rearranging furniture, changing kitchen equipment, posting ideas or opinions—like this one—adding to or taking away from something, covering things up or taking things down, are all examples of changes which may not fall within a specific committee’s responsibilities.

 

If you have practical experience with other organizations who have answered concerns such as these, or ideas from your own experience, I really want to talk to you!  Perhaps we can call ourselves the ad hoc committee on Decision Treeing? Yes, I’m having a bit of fun with this, but the need for such a procedure, matrix, scale, tool, whatever…is real. Please let me know your thoughts so we can explore this together.

 

Also, I have been thinking about ways of providing committees some space to store committee belongings. The only space I know of which could be used for this purpose is in the Matan Bldg. I’m asking the Council to add this to their agenda to gauge the need. If there is a need, I will bring this idea to the board for further consideration.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this column. I believe that working together develops mutual satisfaction and a heightened sense of involvement within our community, which is why I say…We are KUUF.

 

Eric Harrold

KUUF Board President

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