Thank you to everyone who reacted so kindly to last week’s post about me becoming ELGL’s executive director. It was great to hear the sentiments that a focus on ELGL will help the organization grow and thrive, and most importantly – meet our mission of connecting, communicating and educating about local government.
There were a few questions that came up – here they are, and my answers:
- Is ELGL paying you? Nope. ELGL is still 100% volunteer run.
- Are my dues going to increase because ELGL has an executive director now? Nope. Affordability and access are still ELGL core values and that will never change.
- Did you create ELGL just so you could give yourself a job? If I knew six years ago when we created ELGL that it could turn into an executive director job, I would have used my prognostication skills in the stock market, or at least in the sports book.
Here’s your Sunday column with an overview of what we’ve accomplished in the prior week. If you have any questions, please email me or tweet at me. Fun fact – I’m reporting to you from the deck in Sunriver, Oregon. We’re spending Memorial Day weekend in the high desert.
ELGL Weekly Update – 05.29.16
- This week, we added 32 new members and one new organizational member – the city of Eugene, Oregon.
- This week’s Jobs, Jobs, Jobs highlighted everyone’s favorite giggling Chewbacca.
- ELGL member Trevor Minyard showcased his trip to Korea with a multi-part blog series. We celebrate Trevor with a Knope of the Week award.
- We’re hiring! Join our team to help us gather institutional knowledge from retiring local government professionals.
- Our partnership with Route 50 continues as we help them look for Navigator Award nominees.
- The new member feature this week features West Linn’s Matt Lorenzen.
- ELGL.org had 7,400 page views (5,700 unique views) on 20 blog posts.
- The most popular post of the week? Last week’s Sunday update.
- We announced a crowd sourced GovLove option.
- Save the date – we also announced a new ELGL Live with Zach Markovits, and another one with Michael Karlik.
- The “Trending Now” award is now open for your nominations.
- This week’s GovLove podcast featured Ron Pitchman and Chad Vader.
- We also hosted Matt Crozier from Bang the Table at a webinar on citizen engagement.
- Coming up this week: 06/01/2016 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Ten Rules for Great City Websites with Luke Fretwell, ProudCity. This is an ELGL webinar – free for ELGL members; log on to anymeeting.com/elgl50 when the webinar starts.
Questions? Comments? Drop me a note and let me know how ELGL can best serve you!