2021 FOVEC Organizational Changes to Help Promote Member Engagementin Updates
In 2019, we set out a goal to vastly increase our membership in order to support multiple enhancement projects at once, rather than having enough resources to manage only one project at a time. We are proud to say that we achieved that goal, adding about 40 members.
In 2020, we realized that in order for that achievement to have the desired effect, we also needed to make it easy for our members to engage in the work that FOVEC does—whether it be getting involved as an officer, involved in a subcommittee, a project, a fundraiser or in a one-time task. But engagement as an officer or subcommittee chair was only available to a class of members called Voting Members. Furthermore, to become a Voting Member, a Member was required to demonstrate his or her commitment by first attending meetings for six months straight and then be voted in as Voting Member. As we discussed ideas for how to get more members involved, we realized that these requirements and others had become unnecessary impediments to our new members.
Fundraising will be a core focus of FOVEC in 2021.
FOVEC is still fairly new to the idea of fundraising and we are working hard to have at least one yearly fundraiser we are known for. Having our own source of funds gives us more freedom to take on enhancement work. In previous years, any one of FOVEC's Voting Members could assume the responsibility of leading fundraising efforts. Now, we have an identified leader to take on that task, which includes organizing our annual barbecue event.
By the way, this fundraiser has done tremendously well in its first two years before being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Our goal is to establish it as something that recurs every year and hopefully we can grow it as we move forward. The idea is to gather funds for organization operations and for initiating both long-term and short-term enhancement projects, in addition to the grant money we normally apply for.
And lastly, we have limited the term of an officer from two years to one year in order to increase leadership opportunities. We believe this provides opportunities for new members to come in with new energy and fresh ideas.
We all love the Village and want to see it prosper but without active participation from our members, it is hard to make that a reality. These changes were put into effect to provide more opportunities for members to get involved in the enhancement work FOVEC does and we are very excited about what's to come in Fair Oaks Village as a result of these changes.