From the Desk of the International President…

July 29, 2021

Our ‘new’ year got off to a great start with the 2021 Annual General Meeting being held virtually on June 26. Over half of our clubs had a delegate signed in, all the district governors were there (and had proxy vote for district clubs not present), and some observers. The total attendance was similar to the last few conventions we had in person before the pandemic. The current fiscal year (May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022) budget, which had been set by the Officers and Board of Governors, was reviewed by the delegates and approved. Various awards were given, and may be found on the website. Of particular note were the Lifetime Achievement Awards given to Harold Bernard, D VI and PIP, and Ken Baker, D VIII and longtime financial administrator.

Your slate of officers was unanimously elected. Joining me are Peter Carter, 1st VP, Dan Durbin, 2nd VP, and Mike McNally, S/T. Alan Pentney is the IPIP, and continues on the council. Appreciation was given to Ted Shewchuk, as he finished his year as IPIP. We welcome Dan to the group as the ‘newcomer’. He has a lot of experience in Gyro, and has been club president and D IV governor.  I look forward to working together with the officers and all of you keep our organization viable for many more years.

The installation meeting was the evening of June 26.  We had a good number of attendees by zoom. My club, Oryg in St Paul, had a half-dozen attendees to give me moral support. I promised to keep the speech short, and I did. The other officers also gave brief comments. We missed not having the flags and bagpipe procession, but kept one tradition going with the officers, and some attendees, in black tie attire.

After a quick breath, we moved right into the first meetings, with the Officers July 14 and the Board of Governors July 21. The standing committees will have Peter Carter continuing as technology chair, and Alan Pentney will be the membership chair.  Peter reported that the Members’ Portal development and use are going well. Feedback from users is helping the committee ‘tweak’ and/or add things. Membership committee is anticipating meeting again with consultant help to get real steps and tools that will support clubs in their member recruitment and retention.

I announced a Task Force is being formed to look at options for club affiliation that would serve needs of larger clubs, as well as support all the clubs appropriately. This is not a new subject for Gyro.  It has been talked about several times over past 10-20 years. We certainly lose members to age, and cannot change that. But too many large clubs have chosen to leave the organization due to feeling self-sufficient. The plan is to intensely examine this again to see if a ‘win-win’ arrangement can be supported by our members that will keep Gyro viable and will allow the larger clubs to remain as part of the organization.

Thanks for reading. My intention is to have an update every couple months, or sooner as needed.

Yours in Gyro Friendship

Blanton

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