PMDÂ can always use help from more talented people who believe in our mission.Â We haveÂ done a good job of describingÂ our mission and strategic plan as well as delineating the expectations for board directors and specific officer positions online inÂ various board bank postings.
In the past week, IÂ have spoken with three people who expressed interest in joining PMD’s board. All three are excellent candidates who have the experience and skills to fill specific roles and needs of our small board of directors. One seems especially motivated, whereas another has already (hopefully temporarily) withdrawn from consideration due to workload and the perception that he doesn’t have enough time.
We estimateÂ the time commitmentÂ as 8-10Â hours per monthÂ on average, but this is event-associated and no current members are contributing at this level currently.
The most common reason that people decline is that they say they can’t make the hypothetical time to doing the best job they could do…. Sometimes I feel like telling them that it wouldÂ even be great toÂ have 50% of the best job they could do since it would make a big difference to PMD compared to not having a position filled at all! After all, no one expects them to make PMDÂ their second job or the top priority in their lives like I have. And, of course, I wonder why folks who don’t have enough time bother to contact me.
IÂ wonder if it isÂ better to underestimate the amount of time a volunteer position will requireÂ in order to attract more potential candidates, or to wait to fill needed positions until we identify appropriately talented people who really can put in the time we think it will really take.