Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Two pointy sticks, and not afraid to use them...

Tuesday is my favorite day, since it is my dedicated knitting, hang out with the girls day. However, this was a very long one. I was up until 1 this morning finishing some paperwork in anticipation of today's Service League meeting. Once I finally headed off to bed, a horrendous headache hit. Couldn't sleep, get comfortable, or anything. It literally hurt to close OR open my eyes. Got up, fixed a mug of hot chocolate and tried sitting very still. The last time I remember looking at the clock, it was 3:30 a.m. Seemed like 5 minutes later, it was 6:15 and time to get up.

What a morning, the evil headache persisted through my meeting, but broke apart at last. The topic of conversation at lunch with knitting friends that are also in Service League was how to handle members of a volunteer organization that fail to comply with the group membership requirements. It is quite the puzzle. As it is a group of volunteers, it hardly seems logical to "punish" via fines or other such mechanisms. From my own personal experience with other organizations, there is always going to be a core group that gets the job done and there is always a sub-group of members that have good intentions but things happen. That is life. In today's socio-economic fragile state, to further penalize VOLUNTEERS would only be cutting off your nose to spite your face. As we were unable to solve the volunteerism quandary over lunch, our only logical recourse was to go knit. Nuff said. Chicks with sticks are all that and a ball of yarn!

1 comment:

  1. If the volunteers aren't actively driving away membership/participation, I'd say ignore it. If they are supposed to do something, don't and it negatively impacts what you are doing, perhaps a kind talk along the lines of "We know lie interferes sometimes, maybe just let one of us know..."?

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