« on: April 16, 2009, 06:20:11 PM »
Since you asked directly, I will tell you that I have been part of an effort to revise By-Laws in a very minor way for a non-profit organization as a Board Member in the past. It is a detail-intensive, time-consuming, boring job that I would not wish to do again - and all I had to do was review the proposals put forth from the legal representatives and vote! It took our Board the better part of 6 months to get everything right - and we were not simultaneously revamping the structure of the Board, dealing with major disciplinary issues, managing significant employee turnover, and coping with a public relations fiasco.
Frankly, I usually think the State is late to the party, so I don't expect their involvement to speed the process up. Their participation gives NWN organizational cover, so to speak, because the State's presence in the mix ensures that the Club will remain legitimate, while they address the issues one at a time and in priority order. I also would guess that promises made about timelines were made before the complexity of the task was fully understood. For example, I think it has only recently become widely recognized that having paid employees serve on a non-profit BOD constitutes a LEGAL conflict of interest (meaning, it isn't legal to do it). Rewriting the By-Laws when they require such major change is a HUGE job.
Although the General Meeting was not held in the previously-stipulated time window, the fact is that the season governed by the exisiting By-Laws is still not over. It is unfortunate that last year's Board did not extend the effective dates of the By-Laws when the State announced such a far-reaching change, but I imagine they never anticipated that their own paid coaching staff would exploit a technicality such as this to stage a coup d'etat. I can only imagine the degree of double- and triple-checking that must be going on now to make sure the By-Laws are so air-tight that there are no more "loose technicalities".
The fact that the State has changed the calendar so that there is no significant time window between State Cup finals and tryouts makes transition between one season and the next more difficult (in fact, a nightmare) for everyone. And it is a particularly sticky problem for NWN with regard to holding the General Meeting and electing new Board Members to replace the ones who have left. There is a strong possibility that some of the best new candidates can't be announced yet.
One of my favorite writers once said, "Where there's smoke, there's usually strawberry jello, seldom fire." Because I wouldn't tackle the administrative/legal/governance job over at NWN right now if you paid me the BIG bucks, I'm willing to cut the volunteers who are stepping up some slack on timelines, because I know how much work is involved, and I know how hard it will be to get it done right.