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The PDGA Is Looking for Some Great Disc Golfers for Its Board of Directors

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) is the governing body of the sport. It sets the rules and the technical standards. It runs an international and a national tour. It promotes disc golf in many ways. It is so many different things that it has a very difficult governance task. It needs you!

I served for more than 5 years on its board of directors. The task was occasionally burdensome. It cost me a lot of time and a lot of other resources. But it was incredibly rewarding. As a disc golf course designer, I feel so rewarded when, for example, I visit Bandemer Park in Ann Arbor, and see dozens of people enjoying something that I made happen. As an Internet resident, it is rewarding beyond belief to see thousands of disc golfers in this network every day, connecting in ways they could not have previously done.

But probably the most important disc golf thing I have done was serve on the PDGA board of directors. Rewarding? Yes. I got to know so many people who love the sport like I do, and who are spending huge amounts of their personal time and resources guiding it forward.

First of all, join the PDGA. Second of all, if you have the management skills, the wisdom of long experience as a leader in some other area, if you can listen to and engage others who disagree with you and assist in coming to a meaningful and positive compromise . . . the PDGA board needs you.

You have until May 15, 2008 to nominate yourself (PDF). You won't regret it.

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Comment by Shizzler on April 14, 2008 at 12:07am
How about the PDGA helping or guiding Hawaii in getting a permanant course... How do we go about pitching that.
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on April 13, 2008 at 6:35pm
Pat, this is my own opinion, but what I think the PDGA needs most in a board member is someone who can think, likes to learn new things, engages in argumentation and really hears and listens to others. During my board tenure, a few people called us a rubber stamp board because we had so any 6-0 or 7-0 votes. But what the minutes and vote totals don't reflect is that we often began a discussion with widely varying viewpoints, engaged in heated discussions, and ended up learning and compromising to get something good done for the organization. I can recall being face-to-face with a couple of other board members in really tense discussions, but when we were done, we didn't hold grudges. It is good not to have preconceived notions or opinions on to many things. I think it's also a good thing not to have too much financial stake inside the disc golf domain.

Experience running a company or being on the staff or board of a nonprofit is a good thing. Having experienced a lot of different levels and types of positions in organizations is a good thing. Not every board member needs it, but an understanding of budgets, and how budgets are really "plans" written in spreadsheets is a good thing. A board member who doesn't get that can spend a lot of other people's time getting misconceptions cleared up.

Like I said, though, very rewarding. You get to meet so many cool people. And that's another good thing for a candidate, I think, being a schmoozer and enjoying getting to know lots of different kinds of people.

Does that help?
Comment by Terry "the Pirate" Calhoun on April 13, 2008 at 6:29pm
Good thought, Mark, and I will try to write more about it, although I've been off the board for most of two years now and the routine has probably changed a bit.

At the core, attendance at monthly phone calls that ran, plus two face-to-face meetings, in February and in October. Just those items, including preparing for the calls and meetings, probably, averaged across a year, plus routine individual calls and reading and answering of emails, probably are 3-4 hours a week, not evenly spread out.

Beyond that depends on how many tasks you take on and which of the positions you end up in. Being on the search committee for the new executive director was tons of work for several months. Working with the IT team could get time-consuming. Definitely getting involved with the PDGA tour and preparation of changes and documents for the coming season is a big time sump. Then there are things like working with technical standards definitions, large-scale sponsorship, advice and oversight for routine association management and financial issues.

Basically, I would expect that it would be a 4-8-hour a week average if you are an active board member. Could go to 10. Could stay under 6 if you intended it that way and worked at it.

The good news is that the PDGA is in good condition financially, so if you are not someone who can pump your own wealth into travel and accommodations for meetings, etc., then it will reimburse you for expenses of that sort. That wasn't true - due to finances - early in my board tenure, and it's good that has changed, because the right person shouldn't decide not to do it for financial reasons.
Comment by Pat Burke on April 13, 2008 at 6:02am
Terry- I meet all qaulifications, but have many questions such as what would be my part? Please contact me One way or another and let me know what I might be getting myself into. Thanks Pat Burke

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