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- Subject: Re: SEAOC Dues Increases
- From: Richard_Ranous/OES(--nospam--at)oes.ca.gov
- Date: Wed, 4 Mar 1998 09:20:08 -0800
Like Jim and Rawn, I have been watching this thread with extreme interest. As a past-president of SEAOSC I can assure you that the local associations and the State association have made tremendous advances over the last several years. With the coming of the IBC, it is imperative that SEAOC take a leadership role on a national basis. But, at the same time, we need to take care of business at home. The State of California looks to us for leadership in seismic design issues. The combination of these two activities takes a lot of time, planning, and committment from everyone. Over the last year the SEAOC board has developed and approved a 5-year strategic plan which will guide the association through these many issues. What goes along with the $10 dues increase is a stipulation that next years budget must be balanced without using outside funds from various projects which the association is involved. There is a significant need for the coordination work which is done by the State office. Many times the efforts are not seen by the general membership but believe me we would not have had as much influence in the development of the 2,000 IBC without the efforts of a State office and State committees. Many of you have talked and are planning a "virtual committee." This is a good idea that should be pursued. It allows those who wish to become involved in the activities of the association who logistically of physically can not be involved with committees to participate. The "virtual committee" will never replace the existing committee structure because we need to speak with one voice as a committee. However, the virtual committee can certainly provide valuable opinion and insight to the standing committee members. Your desires for accountability of the funds is a reasonable request. Through this message I ask that SEAOC board members work to provide this service to our membership. It is a simple task and one that is overdue.
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