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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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From:chronarchy
Date:January 11th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
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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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From:qorinda
Date:January 11th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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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.

Well, it ALSO occurs when one is just doing WAY too much and doesn't set good boundaries....there ARE physica, mental, and emotional limitations to how much one person can handle, no matter WHAT their commitment.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 11th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that's "burnout", which I see generally as someone saying, "I've burned too brightly for too long, and I simply can't anymore."

I think that's just overloading, which is a contributing factor, of course. But a person can completely overload himself, drop all the balls, and pick them back up again and do just as good a job as he did the first time around.

Someone who experiences burnout, though, doesn't come back and experience the same level of ability/competence/etc. What they experience is an erosion of peak performance: each time they come back, they're less effective, unless they've taken the proper amount of time off. Kinda like a battery that you recharge: only fully recharging it will get you full power. A burned out person needs a lot more to recharge than someone who has just dropped a ball or six.
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From:ferrelux
Date:January 11th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I'd agree 100% with Kirk's assessments (although I ain't touchin' the Annual Meeting line with a ten foot pole; too many double entendres in my life already ;)

On one hand I think you'd be the first truly competent MA we've had in years. On the other, you've got plenty on your plate already with your personal, professional, and clerical life.

Eventually, barring complete mental breakdown or somesuch, you're going to make it into higher office, IMNSHO. What you truly have to assess is whether this year will be that year, or if you need some more time for grounding and preparation. Either one is a fair choice, but only you can determine the right timing.

In particular, you've only just become fullblown clergy, and finding your place within that has obviously taken up a lot of thoughtspace for the past few months. Is that journey finished? Are you comfortable with that title and the various ramifications of that position? If not, will you still have time to continue that process of self-discovery while stamping out fires as MA?

You could probably ask the same questions for every other aspect of your life (and you ought to, just to make certain you're not jumping into this for reasons of ego or boredom).

And your grove should begin making steps toward becoming more self-sufficient, regardless. Even if not for this particular event, it's healthy for a Grove become more independent in that respect. Otherwise it creeps closer to becoming merely a cult of personality.

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From:chronarchy
Date:January 11th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
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*nods* And I don't make enough money or get enough women to be a true success among the elite cult leaders of the world.

Shame, that.

All these questions are good ones. Many of which I will certainly think about. Thanks for framing some of them in good ways that I hadn't managed yet.

Dunno about the "competent MA" comment. Of course, I have never had occasion to use any of their services, so I'm not the best judge of who has been competent at the job and who has not. But complaints are few and far between, at least to my ears.

Archdruidic election, 2037! Mark your calendars!
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From:romandruid
Date:January 12th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
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Dunno about the "competent MA" comment.

That one raised my eyebrows. As someone who's been around for a while, I just want to say that the last two MA's ADF has had have done an OUTSTANDING job. We've come a long, long way, believe me.
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From:ferrelux
Date:January 12th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
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Actually, I should give the benefit of the doubt to the current MA, and all the others which are totally out of sight. Just because I never see them doing anything doesn't mean they're really not doing anything.

However, I might take issue with either the one previous to that, or else the one before that. There's one in there that was really rather not good, and I'm not certain whether they were one of "the last two MA's" or if their term was just prior to that.

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From:romandruid
Date:January 12th, 2007 11:32 am (UTC)
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I think the MA you don't hear about a lot is probably the one doing a good job. As for the one before Emerald, Meredith helped smooth some of the roughest roads I think we've ever had in ADF leadership. But I won't go into that here... if you really want to hear about it, we can talk about it in person sometime. (Though I'm not entirely sure who you are...?)
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
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ferrelux would be the husband of a certain bald hottie friend of chronarchy.
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From:romandruid
Date:January 12th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
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Ahhhh... new nick, eh? Then you know what I'm talking about, right? Dude, am I ever likely to see you guys again? I mean, short of traveling to Greece or Thailand?

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