What Plan? Your Plan…..Strategic Priority #4 – Community

Plan Community

July 25, 2019

The 2016-2020 Strategic Plan lists five key Priorities and Community is one of the five.

Creative thinking + co-operation yields results

Districts and Squadrons at times struggle with difficulties filling all positions.

This inevitably leads to frustration and re-cycling of Squadrons and District Executive Committee members.

In the St-Lawrence District, three Squadrons and the District were tired of trying to staff all positions in isolation so got together to share ideas and find solutions that might suit their needs.

Creative thinking with a strong desire to work together yielded consensus and an Operating Model. Job sharing along with District leadership and equal representation in the decision making process were the key features.

The Board of Directors approved the request to put their vision into practice. After more than two years of operations, the Model is working well. In order to officially recognize the validity and benefits of this new Model, the Regulations had to be updated, which the Board of Directors recently approved.

The updated Regulations anticipate other Operating Models that may also offer similar benefits.

It is important to recognize the effort and creative thinking that saved a District and the three Squadrons. It is equally important to recognize the opportunity this presents for other Districts and Squadrons coping with similar issues.

The key ingredient was the agreement to work together and share the duties equitably for the benefit of all.

The Community Goals of the Strategic Plan focus on Squadron and District relations for the benefit of all. This recently approved Model achieves the Goals in an inspiring fashion.

The Strategic Plan is a living document and your comments or suggestions to make improvements would be welcomed by the Planning Committee.

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