Tomorrow April comes around, which not only means a large number of silly jokes, but that also the first quarter of the year has passed us by. In the yearly library cycle for LIANZA it means that soon (I am pretty sure I haven’t missed it) a call will go out for nominations to fill the vacancies on council. A number of the regional councillors will be finishing their term, and there will be the annual vacancy of President Elect.
When these nominations come around people should have a good think about whether they can give back to the professional body by contributing in some way on council, or on the committees, either on the SIG’s or the Regional committees. One thing that has troubled me since I became active in LIANZA is the lack of elections. We seem to only get one person nominated for a position, which they then get by default. I would like to see elections, especially for the president elect position, as that would mean the membership would get a better idea of what our leaders stand for, and what they want to achieve.
For myself, after three years chairing the Ikaroa committee, I have been seriously considering the standing for council. The regional Ikaroa councillor is coming to the end of her term, (thanks Heather for a sterling job), so I am considering standing for that, but at the same time I must confess that standing for President Elect also appeals. I believe that the council and LIANZA has been making good progress in leading the professional body, and instead of commenting from the sidelines, I should be making the step up to an active leadership role. The sensible conservative part of me realises that probably the best route is to stand for council, serve a term learning the ropes, and then stand for President Elect. The leap-before-you-look, self belief, what’s a bit of risk between friends side says “go for it”. Or maybe I should stand for both and see what happens?
What do you think?