New President Jim Tomlin's written statement to the PATC Council on June 13, 2017
I am very grateful and honored to have been selected to serve the
remainder of this term as your
President. I will be doing the best I possibly can in order to serve the
Club selflessly and always
putting the Club’s best interest first and foremost. This is a Club that
has been organized to run
by consensus, so I will be striving to find the best ideas and build
Club-wide support for them. I
will need every PATC volunteer to pitch in and help me with this.
My goals are:
- Building enhanced PATC support for PATC volunteers. We are in an era
agency partners’ support and increasing agency partners’ bureaucracy.
They want us to
do more and more, and they are supporting us less and less. We also need
to be ready for
a generational change of volunteers who have more of a desire for social
who have fewer options for transportation. We need to provide our
- Better tools to do their job
- Better facilities
- Better training
- Better safety
- Better transportation
- Better cooperation with companies
- Financial transparency and wise spending. We need a good business
plan that provides
us with all the information we need in order to make sound business
decisions. We need
to make spending decisions wisely and in the open. We need to realize
money is finite and must be managed carefully.
- Growing PATC awareness and membership. We need to attract new members
ages, but primarily two groups: (1) college-age and very young
professionals (so that the
world can benefit from their enhanced awareness of nature and
volunteerism); and (2) the
newly-retired (in order to fill a variety of PATC volunteer and
leadership positions that
require a significant responsibility and time demands, and to provide a
richer and deeper
purpose in life for retirees).
- Alignment of PATC ExCom, Council, and paid staff with new business
PATC has grown tremendously since the 1970s and now has a gigantic
budget, slews of
cabins, more trail mileage, more partners, has to deal with more
bureaucracy, and is
involved in many issues in many places. It is imperative that we review
in order to be able to effectively meet our current needs.
- Modern online organization of Club documents, policies, procedures.
We have been
operating so long now that no one person can keep track of everything.
We need a better
system for referencing and reviewing what has been done prior. We have
had a good
start on this but much more remains to be done.
Thank you for your support in furthering the mission of PATC for another
- Jim Tomlin