Confessions of a Future Politician: Part 20
Year 8, Week 8
Today was the election for the executive committee. This year, 32 out of 34 neighbor representatives came to vote. I am amazed at this high percentage.
It was strange for me to take on Holger’s job of delivering the short speech for voting for good character and capacity for governance. I felt too young for this job. But nobody else seemed to mind. I worked Holger’s work for the TDG into part of my speech. I almost broke down.
No longer being a neighborhood representative, Pete Williams was no longer eligible to be voted for in this election. So another representative from the Northwest was elevated up. Lenora Crane was the representative with the most votes in the Northwest. She had served on the executive committees for North Riverbend and Angle Riverbend. She will be of valuable service again.
Veronica Sanchez didn’t make the executive committee this year either. But she is still a neighborhood representative and likely be called to serve on a committee or two. Her executive experience on the executive committee will be useful.
So we had two new faces on the executive committee this year. Fresh blood with old guard. Interesting these TDG elections are.
At the end of a meeting of our last Battenor Ecological Society, Marty Tighe told me that the board of the local women’s shelter was looking for a new member — and asked if would I be interested.
“Let me attend a meeting first.”
The first meeting was very different from Jane’s group. I was a bit overwhelmed with enough spousal abuse occurring in Riverbend to justify an eight-unit shelter and an annual budget of $750,000. Serveral board members worked with agencies that had dealings with the shelter. Marty was the manager of a social agency looking after disabled people. There was also one police officer on the board.
There were no foreordained decisions. Issues were discussed quite fully with alternatives offered and their pros and cons. Consensus was usually attained. But a couple of motions required a vote. And the losing sides did not dwell too long on their loss. The board made a lot of decisions in the two hours.
As the meeting came to a close, the chair asked me, “Thelma, would you like to join our board?”
I said, “I have little experience with boards or with spousal abuse. My occupation dosen’t lead to this kind of work.”
“We need different perspectives to get to full picture. You’ve been highly recommended.”
I wonder if Stacey had something to do with this: “I’m not sure what if have to offer. But if you people are willing to have me, I’m willing to learn.”
A motion was made to appoint me to the board to fill a vacant position. It passed unanimously. I’m going to get some interesting life experience.