Many people, when they get voted onto the committee do either one of two things. They maintain the status quo continuing the less than adequate system holding their breathe until the next person can come. Others come in with grandiose ideas with rigid timelines, engineer-type approach to things.
However there is another approach, where one can still build something, but in a gradual and organic fashion so that it won’t fall down quickly.
The best volunteer driven clubs are like a good farm or garden. They need to have a long term outlook, and tendered to regularly. They endure over a long period of time even when those around them shift. They gain a personality reflecting the community that drives them. When the people who run them move on or fade away the next generation can continue to plant and nurture and grow again.
Building your group on the fundamentals, rather than looking for a quick fix is integral to building a long term sustainable group.
Grow on the right building blocks so when it comes time to handover to the next generation they can continue the work with piece of mind on strong and firm building blocks and knowledge.
Reasons to Run a Club
For the pleasure
For the impact you have on others
For the reputation you build within the community
To be a part of something that is growing and ever organic
For the challenge
To be appreciated
To be part of a society, a society you want to be a part of.
It’s probably not for the money.
In fact this will also be reflective of your attitude in your day job.
Zen and the Art of Cash Flow
Cash flow is everything, be it in business, and even more so in not for profit clubs, where absolutely every dollar counts.
Track it, understand it.
Understand how and where the cash is coming from and work smarter for it.
Give your sponsors an update a few times throughout the year. Reciprocate with a framed jumper, or photo of the club with a sincere thank you letter. Sure there could be a number of reasons that they may have handed over money or facilities or a variety of intangible goods, it could have been because their child plays for you, could be because they’re sick of you hassling them or it could be because of the tax benefits.
Whatever the reason, if you reciprocate with a worthy ‘thank you’ gesture, whatever their reasoning, it will have been justified, and you will have an even better chance of securing them for the following year or season.