The only thing we can count on in this life is change. At KMUZ this is almost a daily occurrence. For a young organization, change usually means growth and development. After this year’s half day retreat, combined with its regular November meeting, the board itself is changing and preparing for change.
The big news is that KMUZ’s Prime mover and founding board president, Karen Holman, is leaving the governing board. At the board retreat she said, “My passion for KMUZ is as strong as ever before, and as I step down from the board I plan to continue contributing to the station in ways that match my skills and interests with what we need.” Karen will still be an influential figure at KMUZ—hosting two shows and sitting on the Program Review Committee—but we will no longer see her and Griffin the corgi at our monthly Monday meetings. The board will soon be looking for a new member that meets the needs we recently identified as important for board governance.
The focus of this year’s annual retreat was succession planning. A succession plan gives the board guidelines and procedures that allow us to function if a key member of the organization leaves. One thing we decided…our general manager and chief engineer should not be allowed to ride in the same car together!
Humor aside, being prepared for these kinds of changes is a critical piece of board governance. We identified the tasks of key volunteers and we will spend the first half of 2016 developing succession planning. KMUZ volunteers may be hearing from us to step up and help as we match skill sets to tasks which will help us continue to cultivate our community radio station.
Early Birthday Gift!
KMUZ will be four years old on December 17th! And thanks to Walton Charitable Trust, KMUZ recently received an early birthday gift – a grant that allowed us to purchase microphones and other equipment to capture better sound during live remote broadcasts!
If YOU would like to wish KMUZ a happy birthday with a contribution to keep KMUZ alive and growing, donate on line or send a check to KMUZ-FM / P.O. Box 12038 / Salem OR / 97309. Thanks in advance for your tax deductible donation!