NARSOL, Vivante Espero directors gather for annual planning retreat

By Robin . . . The combined boards of NARSOL and Vivante Espero gathered together in Houston, Texas, for their fifth annual board retreat planning session January 10-12, 2020. Unlike the previous two retreats, which were dominated by exercises intended to increase organizational awareness and cohesiveness, the 2020 retreat was all about business and budgetary planning.

All ten directors were actively engaged in the business meetings for the duration of the retreat with additional support and assistance provided by the current chair of the nominating committee who was invited to join the boards as recording secretary.

As a special treat on Saturday evening, the directors visited Sandy Rozek at her home in Houston for dinner and fellowship. Sandy has faithfully served as corporate secretary for NARSOL (intermittently) and Vivante Espero (continuously) for nearly nine years and continues to serve as director of communications.

Over the course of five retreats, NARSOL’s membership and annual budgets have consistently increased. Consequently, necessary measures have been put in place to sustain this growth and prepare NARSOL for the challenges it will face in the future.

With growth comes greater responsibility to manage resources wisely and efficiently in the best interest of NARSOL’s overall vision and mission which, lest anyone forget, is to eradicate dehumanizing registries and, in the meantime, fight for the constitutional rights of citizens affected by them.

NARSOL’s board retreats are anything BUT relaxing with sessions beginning at 8:30 each morning and lasting well into the night, taking only hour-long breaks for meals in between. The pace is grueling, exhausting, and sometimes intense as directors don’t always agree on important matters of discussion.

Still, as a national civil rights advocacy group lead by two boards of directors from eight different states, it’s vital to NARSOL’s long-term success that the directors meet face-to-face at least once a year in order to maintain the collegiality and professional cooperation that are hallmark principles of corporate governance.

From its inception as Reform Sex Offender Laws, NARSOL has maintained a culture of collegiality and diversity at its highest levels of governance. Before the adoption of corporate by-laws in 2011, important decisions were made by an administrative team that operated by consensus. This diffusion of power away from a single, dominant leader makes it possible to maintain a model of governance that allows for adaptation, resolution, and respectful compromise in the interest of everyone, not just a few.

At this year’s retreat, the combined boards enacted a new corporate policy enshrining 2-deep leadership as an operational goal for 2020 and beyond. In every area of critical operations—communications, marketing, volunteer management, technology, donor cultivation, membership growth, membership retention, legal projects, and affiliate development—the boards, in coordination with the director of volunteer management, will be actively seeking qualified individuals with the necessary skills and interest to begin shadowing current project leaders. Over time, this 2-deep policy will ensure a smooth transition of labor and responsibility to the next generation of NARSOL leadership.

None of NARSOL’s efforts would be possible without the sacrifice of time and financial resources from the people who have invested in NARSOL’s advocacy. Going forward, the boards of NARSOL and Vivante Espero will become more active in the areas of development, membership retention, and donor relations. If you are a member of NARSOL or a donor to either NARSOL or Vivante Espero, don’t be surprised to hear from one of the directors by email or by phone just to let you know how much you are appreciated for what you do to make it all possible.

If you are not a member or donor, your interest in NARSOL’s advocacy is greatly appreciated. Perhaps you will consider making 2020 a year of commitment and join NARSOL or make a generous contribution to Vivante Espero, NARSOL’s foundation and legal fund. You should definitely consider joining advocates and members from all over the country at the national conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 11-14. You won’t be disappointed if you do.

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Robin Vander Wall

As vice chair of NARSOL, Robin is the managing editor of the Digest, director of development, and provides assistance to the webmaster in keeping our websites running smoothly. He also serves as founder and president of Vivante Espero, NARSOL's 501(c)(3) foundation and legal fund.

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    • #67168 Reply
      Tony Lesko

      I am writing to the group for 2 reasons: 1: are there any laws that I should be aware of that could change my status , it involves my health situation – I was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and had surgery in April 2018 to remove a 32 pound tumor from my pelvic area, as a result, the S1 nerve was lost and this ended up impacting my ability to go to the bathroom (catheter for urine & colostomy bag for bowel movements. Since completing rehab at the VA, I have had a couple of UTI’s and two of them sent me to the hospital. I also lost the ability to walk, as I have no feeling in both feet and diagnosed as a paraplegic, so I am wheelchair bound. So physically and mentally, I don’t have the urge for sex, nor look for sex. Is there a scenario whereupon a person on the registry, had a health situation that change his behavior and was no longer a threat to commit a sex offense. Can someone please advise? I am just curious to see if something can be done. I appreciate your time and assistance in fighting on behalf of the RSO’s, Hope you have a nice day.

      Tony Lesko

      • #67170 Reply

        You really should talk to an attorney in your state about that. I doubt there is a law that would mandate your release from the registry, but if you go before a judge who can witness your condition firsthand, I think there is a fair chance the case will be decided in your favor.

      • #67182 Reply

        Tony, some states do have laws in place for your situation (Ga for one). As Fred said, it depends on where you live.

        Fred, “I doubt there is a law that would mandate your release from the registry…”, you can doubt it, but at least one state does have laws regarding this (O.C.G.A. § 42-1-19). Will a judge in a state without such laws rule in his faver, maybe, I doubt it.

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      Imagine if they had the burden of proof in proving you were a danger to society before they could take your rights away. The law is supposed to work this way so i say go for it after talking to a lawyer of course! You have medical proof that you are not a danger. If they follow the constitution you should win your freedom from this giant government supported defamation of character campaign.

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      Tim in WI

      Best regards NARSOL,
      May 2020 be the year human liberty again outweighs machine database.
      Can there be any doubt at all the intent of it’s development was a foundation for the imposition of vindictive and retributive affirmative disabilities restraints? Why it is nothing less than plain indenture but something more, slavery repackaged in the sanctuary of a nations most vulnerable. New world order indeed for human knd.

    • #67239 Reply

      Sex, Sex, and the underdog. Now I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like to play poker. A lot of this whole sex thing is like some correct jepordy answer is…… So who needs a lawyer today or who dares go to court un front of the unjust. Seems like calling a S.O.B. is ok in certain circles but use a potty mouth and a descriptive sexual text and its like ” Their coming to take you away ha ha! So sorry sometimes doesn’t get it. Its the money that talks. Think about it.

      Sex ia a personal issue for any individual. Law enforcement are duping each and every one of us that doesn’t stand up and voice out on a lot of this issue that is all man made to trap one. Sure they say you can’t use entraptment so where does reason and logic and a bit of ” True” understanding.

      Sure opinions are good and a good board of directors is always good. While we all have responsiblities and business is business the main focus is to do away with much of this Sex Registry. Even Robin said once on here “Its a shame I can’t go to church” Well there’s nothing to fear but fear itself and church is a decision for all. Nothing wrong with church except they have kids… still its not right.

      Yes we all have grivances and this ordeal only compounds a person that is caught up in this web. Law enforcement is just as much the blame in a lot of these masquarade’s. And I do thank NARSOL for helping torid a lot of this registry as well as other orgizations. I have had my depressions for 3 years or more but “Feeling stronger every day” is a big plus and I like Chicago too.

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