Apr 25, 2017
It is our commitment to maintain a direct communications link between your elected National representatives and Members at all levels of the organization. I am therefore sharing with you the following synopsis of the February 7 and April 8 and 9 Board of Directors’ meetings.
Please consult your Squadron or District Commander for full details on any of the issues mentioned herein.
Reports and Minutes of Meetings can be found on the CPS-ECP web site (www.cps-ecp.ca) in Members Moorings under the National Meetings section.
Board of Directors’ Meeting – February 7
• Course completion – It is recognized that writing an exam is stressful for a number of people. The Educational department has suggested that completing a course could mean either passing an exam or 75% attendance or 75% completion of work in the opinion of the instructor. The Board has unanimously accepted to support the change and this will be completed by the adjustment of the Board Regulations.
• Squadrons merging – The Board of Directors has accepted the surrender of Capilano Power and Sail Squadron, Norvan Power and Sail Squadron, and Seymour Power and Sail Squadron’s warrants and pennants. At the same time, the Board approved that North Shore Power and Sail Squadron be granted a new warrant. It is in fact the merger of the three Squadrons.
• Satellite Squadrons – The principle of creating Satellite Squadrons was accepted, and National Administrative Officer Peter Bolton, and National Rules Officer David Peebles, were requested to draft the required regulations, if and where needed. It was agreed that a flexible approach is preferred.
• Planning Committee – P/C/C Joe Gatfield, Chair of the Planning Committee, has indicated that his committee was tasked with tracking the management of the Strategic Plan. So far, activities in all areas that were prioritized by the plan have started.
• Past Chief Doreen Hinksman – C/C Robert Pepin reported that P/C/C Doreen Hinksman received special recognition honours from the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBA) at its January 27 annual awards ceremony for her years of commitment to recreational boating.
Board of Directors’ Meeting – April 8 – 9
• Financials – Revenues is still a challenge to the organization and innovation and shorter courses are keys to attract students. The proposed budget recognizes the need to focus on enhanced course offerings, innovation in tools being used to reach out to students in their environment, complete without delay the remake of our website, search how to serve membership to its satisfaction and maintain efficiency at the National Office in both official languages.
• Revocation of Squadron warrants – The Board of Directors has accepted the surrender of Lake of Two Mountains and Markham-Agincourt warrants and pennants. Members should join neighboring Squadrons.
• Volunteer Committee – The Board has adopted a motion creating the new Volunteer Committee. The purpose is to offer advice and assist in developing alternate operating models that suit their local circumstances to Squadrons that are having difficulty within the existing structure. It is recognized that the creation of Satellite Squadrons is one, but many other solutions may exist to face the reduction in volunteering, a phenomenon which is also occurring in many other organizations.