Member Update & Annual Meeting Information

A MESSAGE FROM ROBERT ARTHUR, JD | 2020 CFLCW CHAIR

I would like to take a few moments to update everyone on what is happening with events and activities within CFLCW.

To say that 2020 has been a challenge is an understatement.

We began the year with a new Board and committees and a renewed sense of commitment. The pandemic has definitely affected our ability as an organization to be together continue to learn from one another, which has always been the strength of the Council.

However, the commitment continues to be strong and the Board and members alike have offered ideas for coping with the challenges we face.  If you responded to the recent member survey, I thank you for that. We now find ourselves embracing new approaches and technologies that we might have avoided in the past.

While more information will be forthcoming, here are some key items:

The Annual Meeting this year will NOT be an in person event. The Member survey made it clear that most of you were uncomfortable with an in-person session without significant improvements in ways to protect everyone in the current pandemic.

We are now working on a plan to conduct an online annual business meeting – required by our Bylaws – to act upon the necessary business of the Council on the original date of November 12.

The training component of the Annual Meeting will still occur, and we are working with our trainer/speaker to offer a multi-part session, which could be a November 12 “keynote” presentation, and perhaps a more detailed multi-day in-depth session after the start of the new year.

We have postponed Building Blocks until the spring of 2021. Individuals already enrolled will attend a special introductory online session in August join the Council, with the full training completed in spring. This also allow those persons seeking Affiliate membership to complete their orientation at the same session.

In December of last year, the Board and past Chairs and leaders gathered to discuss the future structure of the Council. Since that time a special ad hoc committee has been addressing the issues raised in December, including membership, finance and training objectives. One of the first actions was a revision to the Mission Statement of CFLCW.  Our goal is to bring those issues to the full membership for your advice and counsel over the coming months.

Finally, the Board has taken several steps to secure financial support to offset our program revenue losses and we have reduced our administrative and operational expenses for the rest of the year, and made changes for 2021 as well. A new standing committee – the Finance Committee – has been recommended for adoption into the Bylaws at the November 12 Business meeting. It will be charged with focusing on the ongoing financial health of CFLCW.

These are challenging times for many organizations. I along with the other Board members are confident CFLCW will not only survive, but prosper.  Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or ideas.

-Robert Arthur, JD,  2020 CFLCW Chair