2014 Election Nominations are now open and will close at Midnight Saturday March 1st.
Go to TXGA Nomination Forums
and choose the appropriate position.
A message from Gary Foster, aka Texas Dreamweaver
As my term as Executive Vice President draws to a close, I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me over the last three years. I would like to believe that with your encouragement and suggestions, I have been an integral part of strengthening the TXGA and making it a great organization.
The end of my term also means that the TXGA will need to fill the position of Executive Vice President. I urge each and everyone of you to consider who you would like to represent you. Nominations for offices will be opening soon and I encourage all members to take advantage of this event. The TXGA needs strong leaders who can motivate the general membership to lend a hand in moving forward. I predict that for the TXGA , the next two years will open some amazing doors.
As I request each of you to nominate someone for this office I realize that most members are not aware of the specific duties of the Executive Vice President. I will try to lay it out briefly as outlined in the TXGA by-laws:
- The Vice President is responsible for the outcome of all regional-based Texas Geocaching Association initiatives. A regional-based initiative is one that is affects one or more regions of the TXGA while not affecting all regions.
- The Vice President directly presides over the Regional Representatives.
- The Vice President directly reports to the President.
- The Vice President will oversee all of the President’s responsibilities in the absence of the President.
In addition, both the President and Executive Vice President make up what is called the Executive Council. On many decisions, both the President and the Executive Vice President have to agree. This means that the Exec. VP can “block” the President at virtually anytime. The Exec. VP has exactly the same discretionary spending powers and access to the association's finances.
At times, I laughingly call myself “The Hand of the King” (from Game of Thrones). I am the one with the power and responsibility to act in the King's name. So in the name of the TXGA, I must represent the organization.... not myself or any specific members but the membership as a whole.
BTW, in Game of Thrones, the Hand of the King always dies, but don't let that scare you. I survived and so can you.
In closing, it has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Texas Geocaching Association for since March 2011. My best wishes to whoever replaces me and I want them to know that I am there to assist them if the wish.