[amsat-bb] Re: How volunteerism works...

Ken Ernandes n2wwd at mindspring.com
Fri Jul 18 09:26:09 PDT 2008

Bob - good diplomatic explanation!

73, Ken Ernandes N2WWD

-----Original Message-----
>From: Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu>
>Sent: Jul 18, 2008 9:14 AM
>Subject: [amsat-bb]  How volunteerism works...
>Again we see lots and lots of ideas of what "needs to be
>done"...  And most of them are pointed at better "management"...
>Or better "direction" of what is being done (by others)...
>The issue in an all volunteer organization is not "what" needs
>to be done, but who will step forward and do it, not the
>"management and direction" but the actual WORK.  That requires
>volunteers with the knowledge, skills, time and energy, and
>thick skin,  Especially under the hail of rocks and stones from
>the peanut gallery...
>Counter productive to getting the work we need done (volunteers
>we need) is the attitude from the peanut gallery about getting
>in there and "kicking butt" and "better management"...  You do
>that in an all volunteer organization and soon there is nothing
>left but managers and butt kickers and complainers.
>This happens in every aspect of ham radio all the way down to
>the local clubs and all the way to the top.  You'd think by now
>that the old-fuds who clamour for more effort (from others) have
>about 30 years of experience with how this does NOT work in ham
>radio.  Progress is made by self motivated individuals who see a
>need and jump in to fill it.
> It is very simple!
>If you can contribute "work" then jump in and do it.  Othwerwise
>"get out of the way" and contribute money, food, encouragement,
>and assistance to those that do.  "Ankle-biting, naysaying, and
>complaining" accomplish absolutely nothing forward.  If you
>don't like the direction things are going, then jump in and go
>another way and see if you can find followers (workers, not
>ditto-heads)... But get out of the way of those that are making
>progress in their direction... That's the only way progress is
>made in volunteer organizations...
>This is surely what this old-fud has learned in the last 30
>Bob, WB4APR
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