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  • in reply to: 2021 Elections #27614

    Matt Rowell
    IVRPA Member
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    I would advise the next board to continue enhancing IVRPA’s digital presence. Websites require maintenance or they become cesspools of malware and spam, especially WordPress. IVRPA needs a significant update to all of it’s back-end systems, including it’s member database if it’s going to remain viable. It won’t be easy, and it certainly won’t be cheap. I advised the board to consider this during my term, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a vote to secure enough budget to make it happen.

    in reply to: BoD Confidentiality Agreement??? #24075

    Matt Rowell
    IVRPA Member
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    The NDA is merely a formality to remind board members that discussions through private channels should remain private. IVRPA is an international organization, sometimes things get lost in translation or misunderstood. The only reason for establishing unified communication is to avoid confusion, there’s not a conspiracy.

    Notes about how Vienna’s budget was managed are freely available in past meeting minutes. We’re in the process of investigating previous conference budgets and discrepancies as brought to our attention by Luc Villeneuve and others.

    in reply to: BoD Confidentiality Agreement??? #24050

    Matt Rowell
    IVRPA Member
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    I wasn’t serving when this decision was made, but I can see why it’s important. The need for a CA is to have some oversight on external communications, as any organization would want. It’s important that when a statement is made, it’s made by the appropriate officer, on the appropriate channels. The board needs to be able to freely discuss and develop new ideas, work through problems, and decide the appropriate time and place to make those decisions and announcements public. Without it, we have chaos and confusion.

    in reply to: immediate resignation of Juergen Schrader #23950

    Matt Rowell
    IVRPA Member
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    I’m very sad to see you go, Joergen. You were one of the reasons why I stayed in the IVRPA after attending the Las Vegas conference. I always found that you were helpful and willing to share your vast knowledge with other members. This was the thing I liked about IVRPA the most, so many talented and knowledgeable members willing to share tips with 360 video newbies like me. This is why, despite rough patch it’s going through, I feel IVRPA is worthwhile.

    We have a lot of work ahead of us, but everyone in a board seat currently is contributing and pulling their weight. When I joined in January I met a BoD that was short-staffed for the better part of the last 2 terms, after a huge internal “blow up” that left only a few of them hanging on. They had to spend most of their time trying to put out fires and resolve internal squabbles instead of working to serve the association’s members. All while still pulling off conferences, with only 3-4 active board members.

    As you know, these are volunteer positions, people giving their time freely to help the association. In past elections, IVRPA barely had enough candidates to fill the seat vacancies they had. 2019 was a rare exception, and I’m glad to see more people wanting to get involved. We need all the willing help we can get. Everyone on the board right now is contributing and helping to fix what isn’t working and deliver more value to the members. So it’s not fair and simply not true for you to say we don’t care about our members, this is basically our number 1 priority right now. The members are the reason I joined to begin with, without this community, we have nothing.

    As for Jurgen, his term has 9 months left. Anyone who isn’t satisfied with his involvement in the BoD can nominate and vote for someone else, or volunteer their own time to take his place. Right now, I’m not interested in kicking anyone out, especially people who are willing to help. While I don’t agree with the way the situation with Sam Rohn was handled, and I personally would not have hired a PR firm to write a statement, I was not on the BoD at the time it was decided. For whatever reason, they felt it was a necessary step to defend IVRPA’s name. Even if I disagree with it, I have to at least try to trust that the people we elected to be in those seats are working in the association’s best interest. And even if you disagree with it, again, you are welcomed to either volunteer yourself or nominate other people to fill those seats next term. You get out of it what you put into it.

    Although the outbreak of COVID-19 brings an unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 conference, I think this gives us a unique opportunity to rebuild and come back stronger. I look forward to the future and I hope you may some day find value in the association again and want to come back.

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