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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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January 11th, 2007

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10:05 am - ADF Nominations/Elections, and the odd feeling of popularity. . .
ADF nominations have come in, and I feel awkwardly popular.

[This will probably be my only post regarding ADF elections, should I choose to run. I feel very awkward (again) using LJ in any way to advance an election, mostly because the number of ADF members on my f-list is so high and using LJ would just. . . make me feel dirty. And not in the good way :)]

I have been nominated for four separate jobs. It's an odd feeling: On the one hand, it's nice to have people thinking I can do a decent job at things. On the other hand, I try and avoid the spotlight and most actual leadership positions as much as possible because I feel that they tend to interfere with the work I do in ADF.

Of course, it's also nice to see that the members of ADF have a strong sense of humour surrounding the elections. . . but I'll get to that last. . .

Here's what I'm nominated for:

ADF Secretary - one of the most powerful positions in ADF (if, indeed, any position can be called "powerful": it sits on the executive committee and gets to help make decisions, but the power is off-set by the sheer amount of work that has to be done. I totally don't want to do that job. That's easy to decline.

Regional Druid - Heartland - An interesting job, one that doesn't require a lot of tangible responsibility: it's easy to be a mediocre RD and do the job competently, but hard to be a really good one. I really like the idea: the traveling priest who works to build community between Groves and solitary members. It would give me the excuse I sometimes need to go out and meet our solitary members and help connect them to the larger organization: druidkirk's tenure as Southwest Regional Druid was inspiring to me. The problem is, I would do just that, and I cannot afford it right now, even with an RD travel budget.

Still, it is attractive, especially since it's not an actual Director position.

Members' Advocate - This one caught my attention immediately. Right now, I do some of the work of the MA just by virtue of being in contact with so many ADF members: Grove members, solitaries, LJ users, people who work through WotY, etc. Many people contact me with their problems because I'm so darn accessible (and I don't mind this one bit). To accept this nomination, though, would be a deeper step into that. More frigtening to me, though, is that it would also be an official step in that direction, and I am not so keen on doing things from an official standpoint. Not that any good Discordian would be.

The MA job also requires a *lot* of time. I expect that I would need to remove myself from several jobs that I actually like in order to do this one. I've already given Vedis a heads-up about the potential need to stop working on proofing OL if I take this nomination, and there are a multitude of other jobs that I might need to give up that I can't even begin to enumerate.

Despite the general fear and time requirements, though, the MA job most attracts me. But I still don't know: deepening my official leadership role in ADF isn't something I really thought I'd be doing right now, and I don't know how it will affect things down the road. I know how hard it is to take a break from leadership in ADF: once you serve on the Mother Grove, you don't want to leave. There's a feeling that ADF can't run without you, or that you're suddenly very disconnected from what's going on. It can be scarier to leave leadership for a time than it is to enter it.

To really understand my interest in both the MA and RD positions, you have to understand that my vocation, I have found, is more than just being "Grove clergy". Recent experiences have led me to see that my vocation is much broader, and that calling myself "ADF Clergy" is more accurate. My Grove, it is obvious to me, is going to need to share me with the rest of ADF in order for my vocation to truly be expressed in a manner that causes me to feel fulfilled. Because of that, both the RD and MA positions speak out to me, as they involve being available to the community at large, and they will also get me closer to the people who I really care about: the members of ADF.

I was asked to run for Preceptor a while back, when romandruid resigned. At that time, I told the people who asked, "I can't take that job. Right now, I am more needed on the front lines than I am in the war room." The real question is: where is my vocation taking me?

Finally, I'm not sure how to react to the email indicating that I've been nominated as the Site of the Annual Membership Meeting of ADF. "Who on earth would come to that party?" I find myself wondering.

This led to some fun thoughts, some of which are these:
  • Would my girlfriend let ADF hold an annual meeting whose site was me?
  • Would erienc's fiancé let her attend?
  • Could I finally get healing_coyote to come to another festival?
  • Would this cause ADF's membership numbers to increase, or drop dramatically?
  • What happens if I accept? Do I get disqualified on a bylaws technicality, or can I prove that I am supported by an ADF subgroup (my Grove) and was "held" last year and will again be "held" between May and September of next year?
Oh, the questions I think up on long drives late at night.

In the end, I'm completely undecided about running for anything at this moment. I need to get a cut-off date from the Election Official so I know how long I have to contemplate this thing.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Something So Feminine About a Mandolin", -JB

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Date:January 11th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, no campaigning for me. Not allowed :)

I declined the Secretary position and went ahead and declined the Annual Meeting position, mostly because I thought it was unfair to run against Wellspring and completely thrash it in the polls. "Party on MJD" sounds sooooo much nicer "Let's go to another cold, wet Wellspring!"

I'm not worried about "burnout". Burnout occurs in those people who don't have a) drive, b) a sense of accomplishment, and c) a sense of "sacrality" in their work.

Right now, I've got all three of those (though ADF-Leadership has seriously been testing B recently).

The thing that is likely to keep me from running is expression of vocation. It's what drives me right now, and its continual expressions are surprising and fulfilling to me.

I'm not worried about my Grove. They'll work it out. I'm SD for another year or so, I think (have to check our bylaws), and after that, someone else will do it, and I'll support them. Perhaps by then my vocation will turn more toward the Grove. But that's not where it is now: my Grove doesn't have a niche for clergy today.

Besides, I've been developing leaders in there. They may just not know it yet :) I expect to have at least two candidates for SD when I step down. Betcha they don't even know who I have in mind! :)

But if I run for MA, I'll have to cut down on some of the things I do. Office work might go, as might some of the Deputy Preceptor stuff. I'll continue to hold office in my Grove (no need to leave that: the Grove handles delegation fairly well).

But we'll see. It might be fun to get the dirt on what's occurring on the MG again. I'm fortunate to be connected enough to see a lot of it, but that's due to my connectedness with the web stuff and the office.

I wonder how many people even have an idea that we scrapped the old bylaws a month ago and replaced them with a constitution and a set of new bylaws?
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Date:January 11th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
I didn't nominate you because I think you already do quite a lot and you are already quite busy.

That being said ... Who nominated you for the site of the national meeting? Wish I'd thought of that! I am in the library coffee shop now, and Anna is sitting next to me. When I let out a loud "HA!" she looked at me quite strangely and I had to explain that you had been nominated as the site of the national meeting. It was quite a difficult conversation.

Thanks :-D
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Date:January 11th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I am busy and I do a lot. But, hey, I've learned how to balance it in interesting ways.

I'm not looking for a job I can't do, though. That'd be silly :)
Date:January 11th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I do not think I am allowed to comment-- someone may claim I am trying to rig the election.

Regardless I think you would make a good MA for reasons I said in the past.

And I cannot say I 100% agree with your definition of the types of people who get burnout; sometimes the shit you have to deal with wears you down and you burnout from having to deal with it all of the time.

I am only in ADF now because of you.
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Date:January 11th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
*nods* If I wanted to push my categorization, I'd say that that's a feeling of a lost sense of accomplishment. But I don't see much reason to. :)

And I feel special and warm :)
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Date:January 11th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
You have till Feb 10th to decide. I asked.

And this: There's a feeling that ADF can't run without you, or that you're suddenly very disconnected from what's going on. It can be scarier to leave leadership for a time than it is to enter it.

is very true, and BECAUSE of it, I will probably decline my nomination as NOD (which, in reality, was the only one I would even consider). I still haven't completely made up my mind, though....just mostly.
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Date:January 11th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
*nods* Yeah, I think a lot of people stay in leadership because they feel like the org (any org, really; ADF is just an example, I suppose) needs them desperately.

I remember when romandruid managed to finally free herself from the MG as Preceptor. At that point, I lost my direct access to the MG, too, and that left me feeling quite disconnected and sometimes a bit worried about what was happening. I can't imagine how it would have felt if I'd actually been on the MG! But, eventually, I put my faith where it belonged (i.e. in the people who were actually very good at what they were doing), and sat back and relaxed.

And weirdly, ADF never blew up :) And boy, did I need to get away from the MG. It was a much needed drop in stress and it allowed me to get back to focusing on my local Grove.
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Date:January 11th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ooooh if you do the regional one, then I can hide in your trunk and go on strange and marvelous adventures to meet the legendary Other ADF Members out there!

But then again, we could do that anyway... I've heard some rumours that our grove has an Outreach program that needs some work. ;)
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Date:January 11th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
It does! Hey, wanna head it up? You'd totally be good at reaching out and touching people!
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)

Oddly enough

I find myself in the same position you are, nominated for several positions, all of which I've declined except for the MA which I'm still "thinking about."

Anyway, think I'm going to send the rest of my thoughts to you via private e-mail.
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Date:January 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Ut flatus venti, sic transit gloria mundi
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Date:January 12th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
This has absolutely nothing to do with your post.

I saw this and immediately thought of you: Brucey
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Date:January 12th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Best commercial ever.

And I mean that.

It's even better than Ironhead and his "thingie".
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Date:January 13th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
when is your festival and how do i sign up ? :-P
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Date:January 15th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
You would do well in any position you choose. I think that you are afraid of it taking over more than anything else. *wink* In my own personal opinion I would like to see you do the Members Advocate. I think you practically do it now. Which ever you do decide they are richer for having you.

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