FAAS at a Crossroads
Every organization has it's ups and downs. I thought it might be helpful to review some FAAS history before I make a plea for help.
In it's pre-internet heyday, FAAS served as the primary conduit of communication between aquarium clubs. FAAS published a monthly newsletter and manages award programs including BAP and HAP for clubs. FAAS also served a secondary purpose of looking after emerging legislation that affected the hobby.
Today, it is easy to connect and follow other aquarium clubs. In an instant, you can find out who is speaking at a club and when their next auction will be.
An odd thing about FAAS is that it isn't an aquarium club. It's a club of aquarium clubs.
Historically, that has made it challenging to find folks to serve the organization because FAAS isn't about fish per se. For me, that has meant that FAAS has taken a back seat to my board duties in the fish clubs I manage.
As a result, FAAS is on auto-pilot and that's not a good thing.
FAAS has not held an election in a number of years. We have not been successful finding replacements for departing board members either.
FAAS could and should be much more.
After serving as President for ten years, I believe it is time for me to step down and allow the next leader to guide this organization.
If new leadership cannot be found, our constitution allows the organization to dissolve and disburse funds to 501C3 organizations. I hope it doesn't come to that.
Can you help?
I am happy to stay on to help run the website/social media and provide guidance. My goal is to find a replacement board by the end of 2017.
FAAS can and should be about providing best practices and sharing new ideas for running aquarium clubs.
I hope that one of you reading this may get excited about that.
If you are interested in serving, please contact:
I will keep in touch with you via the FAAS Website and via our Facebook page.