If volunteer administrators aren’t staying in this profession (because they’re undervalued, burnt out or not recognized for their work), then with every 3–4 years there’s institutional knowledge that’s lost.
So I have several answers to this.
Jerome Tennille
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This is so true! I’ve seen this happen over and over again. I think there’s an issue where new volunteer administrators aren’t being mentored and coached enough by folks who have been around a while. That can happen for so many reasons; e.g., new people don’t know how to find others/don’t plan to stay in the field/don’t have time and experienced people don’t know how to mentor someone/don’t have time/aren’t interested in helping someone who’s just going to leave in a year or two. It’s tough to see this happen so I try to meet, encourage, and mentor newer folks as much as I can. (Though I’m still sometimes considered “new” since I’ve only been committed to the field for 6+ years.)

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