Wow okay, there is a lot to digest here.
I don't see anything criminal going on. What specifically is criminal?
Would I operate HPAC differently? Yes. The old guard is resistant to change, and it holds us back from running efficiently. The Google fear mongering is enough to make me freak out. I also operate at a different pace than my fellow directors, and that can be frustrating for me when trying to get things done and approved. My complaints, though are not much different than what you will find on any board. Do I see anything that is catastrophic? No.
HPAC is not a cloke and dagger operation; It's just pilots like you and me... Our pilot community is a mixed bag of mostly lovely people and a few ass holes. Depending on who you talk to, I can fall into either of those categories.
I also cannot help but feel that how much work is there really to be done for a 1000 member organization? For the same wage as an LPN nurse working days and nights?
The avg wage of an LPN nurse is about $28 per hour, that translates to 53k per year. Not including overtime. At that rate, an LPN nurse makes almost 20% more than our ED this year and nearly 50% more than last year.
What would be a fair wage for the full-time position, Executive Director of HPAC?
HPAC board did a study of all of our sister organisations to find out what other orgs in the market pay their staff. The study concluded that the rest of the world compensates more. We are getting a deal. I am open to someone presenting new information, though. I am neither stuck in my ways or my decisions on a matter.
They ate through our savings in a year.
We have around 190k in the bank. So... I don't know what you are talking about here, could you be more specific?
And the Website? We had people volunteer to do it for a membership. But that was swept aside.....
Many people are confusing (and rightfully so) the "website" with the "membership management system." The website is done and ready. It has been done and ready for a long time. It's the Membership Management System (MMS) that have been causing us the headache. So, of course, you get people that say "Hey, I can build you a WordPress website and ill do it for a free membership for life." It's because they are confused as to what the actual problem is. I won't mention that these people offering a website have trouble even updating their own clubs website(and holding it hostage) and now want to extend themselves further. Saying you can do it and actually delivering are two very different things.
The elephant in the room is the need to complete the Membership Management System (MMS), often referred to as the "website." I think it's essential to make the distinction between the website and the MMS. Calling the whole project "the website" creates confusion. The website is in fact completed and delivered.
The bottleneck we face is building and integrating the Membership Management System, how we keep tabs on who is a member and their ratings, process renewals, etc., the guts of the organisation, mostly unseen by most members. We have long outgrown the current MMS. Finding a reasonably priced out-of-the-box solution is like hunting unicorns, as evidenced by the number of similar organisations working on the same problem, including our sister organisation USHPA.
Before I joined the Board, the decision was made to build our own MMS. Given the limitations we face, I can't argue with that decision, even in hindsight. Anyone in the IT industry knows the phrase, "Cheap, good and fast. You can only pick two." The Board decided in the best interest of our members to pick cheap and good, with a caveat that it may take awhile.
As you know, it has. And at this point, it's impossible for us to determine a deadline for this project. We are continuing down the original path at no additional cost and with good momentum to get the project done. In the meantime, our Administrator presses on with the old system while we explore other options. We have good people with professional experience managing the activity on our end, and will keep you informed as it progresses.
I know the administration and some of the current directors view me as a PITA
...but a lovable pain in the ass. Just joking, I don't see you as a PITA. It's essential that someone is out there trying to keep our organisations honest. Even if they might be wrong and probably the one to blame for the things they complain about
We have created this "thing" that we think is going to look after our future, and we have not properly assessed its value nor audited its performance.
I am entirely open to an audit of value and performance. I think it's a great idea. Nominate someone to do this. Maybe even propose a budget for them.
I would like to point out that 431 pilots have not renewed their membership. For all of our organizational efforts we still fail to retain our membership. If we look back on the total chaos of the 80's where we had nearly no administration and volunteers ran our loose national association we still managed a core membership of 700-800 members
Based on your numbers we are doing far better than our counterparts to the south whom you love to celebrate. USHPA was once 10,000 members strong. They are now less than 8,000. At least we are still growing. I don't see this as much an organisational issue but something more systemic with regards to the overall growth of our sport (or lack thereof).
So what have we learned?
HPAC has done a poor job of communicating and we are working to improve that.
The majority of poll respondents would like to see Martin stay in HPAC.
"The more things change, the more things stay the same" is a lame uninspired saying. Mantra for the lazy man.
and... basically... everything else is Martins fault.
Do I think we are perfect? HELL NO! Far from it actually. We have a lot we can improve on. Enough hyperbole and let's make it happen!