Thank You

I heard from Ed Scott this afternoon that I was not elected to the board (detailed results here).  I have no regrets and I’m glad I went through the process and got to meet and chat with (either in person or virtually) so many USPA members.  I’ve learned a lot about the process and the people involved and it’s been a thought-provoking exercise for sure.  Of course, I wish things had turned out differently, but the results are what they are. Continue reading ‘Thank You’

Revisiting the Election Process

I just re-read the blog entry I wrote back in June about the election process. Having now gone through it from a candidate’s perspective, I thought I’d share some of my observations on what seemed to match up with my initial theories.  Three reasons for low turnout matched up with my original theories; one was one that I hadn’t really considered in detail. Continue reading ‘Revisiting the Election Process’

Thanks and Good Luck, All

Well, today’s the deadline for getting those votes in, so whatever will be, will be. I just logged on here at Z-Hills to make sure the last few votes I FedExed in made it to USPA headquarters on time (they did!). I came down here with ballots in hand wondering if I’d find enough folks who still hadn’t voted to make it worth sending a last-minute package. Fortunately, I was able to gather quite a few, and have very much enjoyed the chance to talk about the election with a few more folks from around the country (and a few international members, too!).

So now I wait a couple of weeks to hear what the results will be. Best of luck to everyone who stepped up to run.

Hurry Up and Vote!!

Time is running out – only 9 more days, and some of that will be eaten up in the mail.

If you haven’t voted yet, get that ballot in the mail today!!!

The Board/Staff Relationship

In reading dropzone.com and chatting with current board members, I’ve heard examples of actions taken by USPA staff that the board members believe didn’t match up with what the board approved.  While it’s difficult for me to comment on the specifics of those situations, since I wasn’t involved, it did get me to thinking about what the relationship ought to be. Continue reading ‘The Board/Staff Relationship’

Hooray for Shameless Self-Promotion

Thanks to my friends over at the PD Blog for inviting me to engage in a bit of election promotion today.  It was a lot of fun and I hope it’ll get a few more people out to vote!

Why Vote?

A newer jumper asked me recently at the DZ “Why should I really care about USPA?  What does it really do for me?” (I’m paraphrasing, but that was the general jist of his question).  He understood some of the key benefits – including the 3rd party liability insurance, and the management of licenses and ratings, but he really was genuinely curious about what USPA did for him and why he should really care. Continue reading ‘Why Vote?’