Heard on the streets (and in conversations with chapter leaders) … a collection of comments that might be worth a second glance:
- Chapters need to figure out how they fit in the context of the national organization – understand that they are part of something bigger.
- Limit the infrastructure to the degree necessary to get the job done.
- With the right “who” committed to a shared vision, an organization can move mountains.
- Optimize volunteer leaders – start with a clear definition of chapter function and desired outcomes.
- At what point does practice undermine the volunteers’ sense of meaningful engagement in the decision-making process?
- This [chapter model] makes connection easier so its the right one.
- This format provides a blend of structure, control and flexibility.
- Although we often confuse influence and control, they are two distinct things.
And finally …
- AA’s Tradition Two says that our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.