Our club, UNYISSO, is about ready to send in our application to ISSCA for a club charter. We have more than the 10 names required and are somewhat in a quandry about the officer positions that the application requires.
There are really two issues surrounding the officer positions that are a challenge to UNYISSO. First is that in nearly 7 years of association, UNYISSO has never had officers or the desire for a hierchial structure. We're just really about playing with our cars, and hanging out with our friends throughout the Northeast with the same interests. Second, the requirement that all officers are paid ISSCA members means that not all UNYISSO members would have equal access to those officer positions. UNYISSO collects no dues and tries to make it so that every member can have whatever club experience he or she wants to have. It's been the secret to our long term hapiness and success as an organization.
We don't have a formalized structure, but we do have a core bunch of members that attend events and do things together, and it is from these ranks that we draw our members for chartering. This is by no means an effort that is undertaken by the entire club, since the entire club actually spans a larger geographic area than just Upstate NY. We're a diverse group with no exact course set for our journey. That works for us, and has worked for us for a long time.
I guess where I'm headed with this is that I'm wondering if we can be a club that is chartered WITHOUT named officers? We can provide our 10 or more paid ISSCA members names and numbers for the application as well as provide an official mailing address and the names and signatures of three people who are willing to be the points of contact for the club for ISSCA matters, but not have these people carry the title of President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. These people are willing to carry the same load for ISSCA and for UNYISSO as every other chartered club. We would just like to avoid the overhead of titles and club officers. This is far more in keeping with our character as an enthusiast organization and will in the long run hopefully help us to continue to be who we are and have been without introducing the strife that a structural change to our organization can bring with it.
I'm not sure who has that ability or authority to answer this question, but we are meeting on December 6th to complete our application and mail it in for processing. I hope that I made sense and brought up some valid points and that we can have this question answered one way or the other by that date. Regardless of the answer, we are expecting to complete and mail the application in. The toughest question facing us still has been the election of officers and if we can take another route to the same destination.