Ask Board member Peter Shive
I have promised to maintain an informative and responsive link with the membership, and this is the best place to do it. Here are the reasons why I believe it is a good idea:
1) Although it has limits, I believe in a policy of transparency, communication and accountability.
2) The membership elected me as their representative on the Board. They deserve some accounting of what I do there, if only so that they can judge the quality of my service.
3) It helps me a lot because it works both ways. If members know what is going on, they can often provide input that would be useful in making decisions. So I learn from it.
4) It can help the Board by cutting down information glitches and by assuring the membership that the Board is listening.
There must be ground rules for something like this. This isn't like a gossip column, or a campaign platform, or even like a newspaper editorial. I need first of all to consider the feelings of my fellow Board members, who may feel uncomfortable about posting themselves and understandably edgy that I do it. I expect that we will discuss this issue at the Fall Summit meeting (Sep 26-28), and I hope that we can set up ground rules that are agreeable to all of us. Until then I will be reasonably cautious. But not mute.
At this time I welcome your comments and questions. Just keep in mind that I may withhold some responses until after the Summit meeting.