After attending a host of AGMs and other meetings of some of the many organizations to which I belong this spring, I wrote in my monthly column about how stretched many of the activist members of these organizations are feeling. Only about 10 percent of people interested in a particular issue, whether it be conservation, politics or rural crime, actually join an organization seeking to address the issue. Of that 10 percent only 5 to 10 percent feel motivated enough to volunteer to do the work or serve on the executive.
To further complicate things, many of that 5 to 10 percent are aging members with little sign of younger ones stepping up to replace them. Another complication is the increasing number of boards and focus groups in which governments and others want these organizations to participate. The result is burnout for many members who can no longer sacrifice additional time with their families and other concerns.
So, what’s wrong with that?