We ran into this about 7 years ago.
The board at the time had served way over their limits because no one wanted to step up. The board decided to have a whole auxiliary member meeting to discuss new officers.
Out of that meeting came the decision to fold the auxiliary all together and disband. The responsibilities of the auxiliary transferred to the volunteers and we formed a "volunteer fundraising committee"-as that is basically all the auxiliary did at that point.
Our hospital has an Auxiliary Board. Their mission is to oversee income generating programs and services to support the patient, visitor and staff experience at the hospital. We have about 13 members on the board. Our current president has been in office for 3 years and our treasurer about 5 years. We don't have term limits, thankfully, as I think it would be difficult to recruit new officers. When an officer expresses an interest in stepping down or retiring from the board we go on a search for a new officer. We have two gift shops and benefit from a local coffee company who has a kiosk in our hospital for which they pay rent to the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary also raises money through an on-line uniform store, vendor fundraisers, baby photo profit share and event fundraisers.
I'm interested to learn if any of you have ever encountered NOT having any auxilians wanting to "run" for office?
A few other questions:
Does your hospital even have an auxiliary or a guild? How are they structured - formal election process or appointed?
Our current officers have been troopers over the past few years but are stepping back. We're looking at possibly structuring the auxiliary in a different manner - any feedback is appreciated. Many thanks!
Gina Kasch, CVA
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