ESP Board Begins Process for New Strategic Plan
At the Mid Year Board meeting the National Board began preparing to develope a new strategic plan for Epsilon Sigma Phi. The current strategic plan was developed to cover the period from 2011 through 2015. While 2015 may seem like a long way off, it will be here before you know it.
The Board worked with ESP member and planning consultant Mary Ellen Waltemire to determine the process that will be used to develop the plan that will be in place for 2016 through 2020. Mary Ellen led the board through a very productive session that helped to identify the methods that will be used to gather the information needed to develop a new plan. The Board is determined to give numerous opportunities for members to express their ideas of how our organization needs to move forward. Once the informatin is gathered and put into a plan there will be opportunities to comment on the plan before it is presented for adoption by the National Council at the 2015 National ESP Conference.
Please plan to participate in the process so that we can create a plan that will challenge the leadership to meet the needs of our members.
Voting to Begin for Recognition Awards & Officers
The voting will begin soon to select the recipients of the regional awards and to elect the new regional vice-presidents for the Southern Region and the North Central Region. We have been using the system to vote on the recognition awards for several years but this will be a new adventure to use the system for electing the leadership of ESP.
The National Council at the meeting during Galaxy approved the change in the way we elect officers. The election will be done with each chapter casting a single ballot. The chapters will be able to determine how they will decide who to cast their votes for. Those chapters having more than one delegte will have their vote weighted accordingly.
One of the reasons for the change was to allow every chapter to participate in the election. In the past the elections of the regional vice presidents was done at JCEP and later they were done at the national conference during the National Council meeting. Often there were chapters who did not have delegates in attendance at these meetings and were thus excluded from participating in the election.
A second reason for the change was that candidates were required to schedule travel to the national conference, not knowing whether they would need to stay the extra time for the National Board meeting following the conference. Candidates were asked to come prior to the conference for the Board meeting prior to the conference so that they could become oriented to their responsiblities should they become elected.
The announcement of the results will be made at the end of May or early June. Announcing the new officers at this time will allow them to sit in on the monthly board conference calls and the orientation will be more thorough and done earlier which will allow the new officer to hit the ground running when they take office.
The National Board is constantly looking for ways to better serve the members of our organization, this is the latest in many new ideas to be implemented.