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To: Members of Scrollsaw Association of the World (SAW),
This is to inform all SAW members of the current status of the organization. Over the past few years, there has been a consistent downward spiral both in new member and membership renewal applications. Our expenses to maintain the functions of SAW are exceeding our revenue. We are only surviving by utilization of the accumulated funds in our bank account.
We started calendar year 2015, with a Board of Directors (BOD) made up of two long-term experienced members, one short-term limited experience member and two totally new inexperienced members. In June of 2015, both long-term experienced board members resigned.
Since June 2015, your BOD has been the most inexperienced board in the history of SAW. We have struggled to try and keep SAW functioning in a way to be of benefit to all members and attract new membership. Some of our efforts (including a letter from an attorney on behalf of a charter member threatening legal action against SAW). However, the majority of SAW members have just been silent, inactive and seemingly unconcerned about BOD functions and the overall status of SAW. As an example, two board members were elected with only 2 votes each when less than a dozen members voted in the BOD election in October 2014.
We have experienced extensive difficulties in gaining access to and instructions for updating financial information on the SAW website, resulting in the resignation of our Treasurer. We have no doubt made mistakes, but we feel we have to the best of our ability handled every aspect of SAW in accordance with the SAW By-Laws and Operating Manuals.
We have made several attempts to increase both membership and member involvement. Although we have had some positive responses it has not been enough to sustain the organization. We had a conference call with the SAW Local Chapter Presidents on March 1, 2016, to seek their assistance in identifying a totally new BOD to try and to revive and maintain SAW. Only four chapter presidents participated in the call. After the meeting a summary of the meeting was emailed to all chapter presidents. Only one chapter has had a member to volunteer to serve. Immediately after the conference call, the SAWDUST co-editors also resigned last month.
The BOD is not blaming anyone for the state that SAW is in. However, it is evident that drastic action is required. Therefore, this is official notice that unless 5 SAW members step up before June 30, 2016 to serve as the new SAW BOD, the home office will stop accepting membership and renewal applications on that date and the BOD will initiate the process with the Ohio Secretary of State to dissolve the Scrollsaw Association of the World.
/s BOD Members
Local Chapters are in place or are being founded in many areas of the country. Members of Chapters are the enthusiastically addicted scrollers from a geographic area. All scrollers are invited to join and share their knowledge with the group. New scrollers can learn from the combined experience of the group's members. This is your opportunity to join in and explore the advantages of membership in this growing and vital Association.
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