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RE: Future direction of the AKA
Bill Vannerson wrote:
> Is our current mission statement still valid?
Of course it is. The fact that many of us have computers, can communicate by
e-mail, and amaze ourselves with all that the internet has to offer doesn't
change the basic mission of the AKA and never will. The way that the AKA
conveys its services to the membership may evolve with time but the basic
philosophy need not change.
>_ These questions lead to
> formulating a long term objective for the organization, what
> business it's in, who it's customers are or should be, and how
> will it operate.
The AKA is, by definition and from a legal point of view, not a "business"
and I would be very concerned if, as a member, I was regarded as a
"customer". The AKA is a non-profit fish club, owned and operated by all of
us who are members. A "business" it is not, and should never become.
> Many organizations are floundering because they
> are not providing value for their dues dollar, no longer have
> relavence to their constituancy, or suffer from alternative
> competition. Or from all three.
I don't know what all the fuss is about. The AKA has a stable membership and
is doing well compared with other similar organizations. We are doing things
correctly. The fact that there are alternative fish and egg trading lists
online doesn't concern me in the least. The AKA, together with its F&E
listing will endure - the various killie trading lists out there, run by
individuals, will not. Talk to me in 5 or 10 years time about this and I
will gladly admit it if I am wrong. Sure, there will always be some out
there but they will come and go.
> I would suggest that perhaps the AKA BOT should examine it's
> charter and re-evaluate whether or not it's still relavant.
Absolutely unnecessary, in my opinion.
> I know I've been on this high horse before. And many of you are
> rolling your eyes saying, _there goes that Vannerson guy again!_
> But I feel it is my obligation as a member in support of the AKA
> to voice my opinion and point out what I feel are weaknesses.
Bill, I hope you won't take this the wrong way but there is a saying that
goes something like - "Talk is cheap, but money buys the whiskey". With all
these "good ideas" that you have why not run for the BOT, learn more about
the constraints under which the BOT actually has to operate, and then in
that capacity work for whatever change you feel is appropriate (and fair to
Brian R. Watters
University of Regina
Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2, Canada
Ph: (306) 584-9161 (home); (306) 585-4663 (work)
Fax: (306) 585-5433
E-mail: bwatters at sk_sympatico.ca
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