By Sandy . . . The NARSOL and Vivante boards, for the past several years, have met the first or second weekend in January to analyze their programs and progress of the previous year and to agree on the priorities for the new year. January 2021 differed in only one respect; rather than gathering together from the many different states they live in, each of the eleven directors attended the three-day meeting in front of his or her computer via Zoom.
This year’s sessions were led by Executive Director Brenda Jones and board member Michael Shimkin. Major areas examined were communications, conferences, litigation, the Digest, affiliate development, and budgeting.
We examined our positives and scrutinized our negatives.
We discussed, analyzed, laughed, argued, and drank a lot of coffee.
The end result was total agreement on the priorities that NARSOL will focus on for 2021. Foremost are those that will work toward the accomplishment of our mission and goals and work toward the furtherance of our vision of a society free from public shaming, dehumanizing registries, discrimination, and unconstitutional laws.
Sandy, a NARSOL board member, is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.