So it’s one week until the AGM which, historically, has had only the current committee members in actual attendance, with the other “attendees” being counted as a result of their online voting, a form for which I’ll be putting out shortly - except we have had zero nominations for any of the positions, which makes voting a bit difficult.
Although Ciarán has said he’s going to put his name forward so far there have been no nominations here, by him or anyone else.
This is worrying, to say the least.
I absolutely don’t want to force anyone into putting their name forward if they have no interest in the position(s); but if there are no nominations, that leaves us in a very precarious position.
Also, it’s been pointed out to me (correctly) by the National Secretary that in the NZLARPS constitution a regional branch must have a minimum of 15 members and currently we have 10; I was planning on having another recruitment drive (with discounted membership) after the AGM, but if we can’t fill the committee with the 10 members we have I don’t really think there’s much of point, to be brutally honest.
I recognise that over the last few years things have been tough for larping but it has felt to me like a losing battle to retain membership and get games going for quite some time now - including before COVID - and the total lack of response for the AGM has (again, to be brutally honest) done nothing to make me feel any better about the future of this branch of NZLARPS.
At a minimum if we don’t get a committee going, and don’t recruit some more members then the South Island Region will, within the next year, cease to exist. More than likely we’ll be folded back into the Wellington region again and while I have every confidence in that part of the organisation, and have no doubt they’ll allow the South Island members to continue to run their own games, I would see that as a net loss for larping in the South Island.