Every year, the CWC Board meets five times to conduct business and has one retreat to work on matters of great organizational importance. There are 34 board members, which is quite a few. And this sometimes makes it difficult for individual members to be meaningfully involved.
CWC’s Strategic Plan is designed as a remedy. Board members have new opportunities to shape CWC’s future and ensure Strategic Plan objectives continue to serve as our compass. Subgroups of the Board, called Oversight Committees, will actively monitor our progress and help as needed.
The CWC Board most recently met on April 20 - the first major board meeting since adoption of the new Strategic Plan. Energetic discussions covered each of the five strategic goal areas: Communications and Partnerships, Policy Development and Advocacy, Education and Networking, Finance, and Governance.
For the present, the primary focus is on Communications and Partnerships. And that topic was front and center during the April Board meeting. Brian Werner (Chair) and Paul Fanning (Vice Chair) of the Communications Committee led a discussion on planned work products.
The first group of communications products is our Enews (mid-week), webinars (the first Wednesday of the month at noon), and enhanced website content (see especially new content on initiatives prepared by the Water Stewardship Project). Members can expect a trial error process for a while as we seek to find communication products that are timely and useful.
Our goal is to augment your participation in protecting the interests of our member organizations. This serves to benefit the entire Colorado water community. Your feedback will be the key to success. Next month, we seek your opinions on communications products and priorities.
Members desiring to get involved with the new Communications Committee, can expect to hear soon about opportunities.
Next up, the CWC Board retreat in mid-June. The Board will work on a detailed Communication Plan – to be presented at the Summer Conference.