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Hardie - President's Remarks
Good Evening. I'd like
to welcome you all to the WayNet 2002 Annual Board Meeting. We're so very
glad to have you here. We have a lot of exciting activities to cover this
evening, so I will keep my report brief.
It's been a year full of change and transition in all respects for WayNet.
After taking on the role of President this time last year, I delivered to
the board a set of initiatives and challenges for the year. These came in
four main areas:
1. To improve and
stabilize board member participation
2. To evaluate and, if necessary, improve WayNet's website hosting
3. To enhance public awareness of WayNet and our mission
4. Evaluate WayNet's purpose and organization
- We formed the board
into working groups to address each of these initiatives, and many
exciting things came out of those efforts.
- We restructured our
board to allow for more dynamic participation; recently, we formed an
Executive Committee to further improve and streamline our board
- The committee tasked
with evaluating our vision and organization made some interesting and
useful observations about our programs, and developed recommendations
for forming partnership with other institutions and programs.
- Subsequently, we
partnered with Morrison Reeves library to submit a grant proposal for
a web encyclopedia of information about Wayne County.
- We revised and
developed our marketing plan to include a more diverse approach to
informing local and regional communities about WayNet.org
- We clarified our
technical requirements for hosting of the WayNet.org site and made
some decisions about our ongoing hosting setup.
- Much more
Despite these areas of
progress and advancement, there is still much to do to make WayNet fully
realize its promise of "promoting dynamic and interactive exchange of
current thought and activities while celebrating our historical, cultural,
and economic heritage." We all know that as difficult economic times
and a changing financial perspective force businesses and organizations to
take a hard look at their resources, we too must re-evaluate the best way
to best realize our vision as a community network organization.
There are so many
exciting things that we can do with the concept of a web portal to Wayne
County, but we are often caught up in the increasingly difficult tasks of
promoting membership benefits, juggling limited financial resources, and
keeping current with the technologies of the Internet that evolve hourly.
Over the next year, I believe it will be important to further evaluate the
core makeup of WayNet as an organization, and to ask ourselves some
exciting, but sometimes difficult questions.
- Is membership-based
funding the best way to support our organization?
- Are there
partnerships to be made with other regional and local organizations
that share our vision?
- Can we restructure
and redesign the WayNet.org site in ways that make it even more useful
to visitors in Richmond, the Mid-west, and around the nation?
- What does the future
hold for a web portal like WayNet? What bold steps can we take now so
that in 5 years, we remain an important, relevant resource in Wayne
I think that these
questions and others will drive and inspire us in important new
directions. I invite you all to be a part of that process in whatever way
you best see fit, be it critiquing the current WayNet.org, attending board
meetings, or submitting your ideas for ways that the organization can grow
and thrive. It's an exciting time to be working with dynamic websites and
web services, as we'll hear from the DoxPop folks in just a bit, and we
thank you all for making WayNet such a useful, community-building tool.
Let's continue that trend.