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2014 AANR Voter’s Guide–Officers: Vice President

McLeod

Sharon McLeod

AANR member since 1986; currently a member of Mountaindale Sun Resort and The Willamettans.

AANR

  • AANR Secretary/Treasurer (2005-2008; 2012-2014)
  • AANR Trustee (2003-2005; 2008-2012)
  • Chair, Policy/Standards committee (2005-2006)
  • Program Manager, Marketing Consultant program (2006-2007)
  • Woman of the Year (2007)
  • President’s Award (2005)

AANR-NW

  • Woman of the Year (1991, 2006)
  • Public Relations Chair (2003-2008) Developed branding presentation that catalyzed regions to re-name to match AANR
  • Recording Secretary (2002-2003)

Expertise

  • Educator (7 years)
  • Technical Writer (25+ years)
  • Running a corporation (10 years)
  • Property investment/management (30+ years)

Education

  • Working with non-profits, Computer Science, Literature; Portland Community College
  • MS/BS, Education; University of Oregon

 

Candidate Statement

Your vote for me means you’ll have an experienced Vice President backing up the President and collaborating as part of the leadership team. I represented AANR at many regional conventions, learning from and about you, knowledge that will aid AANR’s effort to grow forward.

For more information, see www.SharonMcLeodforAANR.com

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to 2014 AANR Voter’s Guide–Officers: Vice President

  1. Bob Campbell says:

    Sharon, historically the office of Vice President has been rather inactive. Do you have any specific ideas for how you can change that situation and “aid AANR’s effort to grow”

  2. Sharon McLeod says:

    Bob:

    Thanks for the question.

    Although I plan to be available for any initiatives the President would assign to me, I also don’t plan to wait until someone else puts something on my plate. Throughout my years of serving on the AANR board, I have repeatedly taken the initiative when there is a compelling need.

    As an example, some readers might remember when each AANR region had a different name and logo. When I first became a board member in 2003, it seemed that the regions and AANR could benefit from sharing and leveraging the same brand, so I developed a presentation that framed the issue in a way that caused members to think about it differently. Today, all regions sport the same name and logo. No one asked me to do that; I simply saw a need and addressed it.

    One need that I currently see is issues the board repeatedly “visits.” An example is background checks on AANR members—an issue that has surfaced at least three times since I began serving on the board. Each time this issue comes up, those new to the AANR board typically have no idea the issue has been visited before.

    Re-visiting such issues is important because times and technology change, and new resources often result in a solution. However, the work already done is buried in old minutes and in the memory of former board members. Keeping a record of these persistent issues and their evolution makes all this information available when trying again to craft an approach or solution. Sharing this information with incoming board members means they can more quickly ramp up and become productive.

    This is just one example. If you (or any other reader) would like further conversation, feel free to post on this blog or contact me at Sharon.McLeod@aanr.com.

  3. Bob Brown says:

    Hi Sharon,

    Being a West Coast nudist, your Oregon status is enough to convince me to vote for you.

    If you don’t win, will AANR be well served by Bob Roche?

    Bob Brown
    AANR, SCNA

    • Sharon McLeod says:

      Frankly Bob, I want the best candidate for each elected position, and I believe I am absolutely the best candidate for Vice President. A less-than-best candidate can do the job, but there’s no need to settle for just getting the job done when you can have a proven innovative thinker with a variety of skills and experience sitting in—and contributing from—the Vice President’s chair.

      For more about my background, detail that doesn’t fit within the size constraints of the candidate statement, go to SharonMcLeodForAANR.com.

  4. Karen Lahey says:

    I have perceived that our organization has splintered into different camps or blocks. We have a great many of important issues to address. If you are elected vice-president, what specific steps will you take to help mend this rift so that we can work together to get our crucial work done.

    • Sharon McLeod says:

      I believe the Vice President should work within the framework of the President’s vision and direction. Because the new president is not yet elected, I cannot at this time provide specific actions. Having said that, let me address what I can in your question.

      I, too, have perceptions regarding AANR’s leadership team. One is the pressure for all to agree regarding, especially, major decisions. But, in a representative governance model (which is what AANR currently is), it is healthy to disagree, provided we work together once a decision is made.

      Having the latitude to travel from dissension to consensus requires trust and that, in turn, requires the development of working relationships with other members on the AANR leadership team. Devoting some time and attention to cultivating those relationships at the beginning of this board’s term would, I believe, greatly improve the board’s productivity.

      I have also observed individuals joining AANR’s leadership team expecting to contribute but provided little outlet to do so. Seeing volunteers placed on the bench when AANR so clearly needs all available talent and resource is frustrating and, worse, a missed opportunity for AANR. Assessing talents of the leadership team (and other AANR volunteers) and matching those talents to the tasks at hand will improve morale and get more done.

      Finally, doing the work of AANR and having fun are not mutually exclusive. Our passion for nude recreation and nudist rights brings us together. Celebrating our successes even as we continue our efforts keeps us together.

  5. Sharon McLeod says:

    Frankly Bob, I want the best candidate for each elected position, and I believe I am absolutely the best candidate for Vice President. A less-than-best candidate can do the job, but there’s no need to settle for just getting the job done when you can have a proven innovative thinker with a variety of skills and experience sitting in–and contributing from–the Vice President’s chair.

    For more about my background, detail that doesn’t fit within the size constraints of the candidate statement, SharonMcLeodForAANR.com.

  6. Korky Day says:

    I have read all that the candidates for this office have offered and all the readers’ comments. I still have no clear preference because both candidates seem so good. Is there some important difference between you 2, or do we voters just go on a hunch who would do a better job?

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