A homebrewing club is only as good as its members. The members that drive and organize the club make up the club's leadership. Instituting revolving leadership roles withing the club helps refresh the club and shares the burden of organizing events. The topic of rotating leadership within the club is currently under discussion in my club, the Charlottesville Area Masters of Real Ale (CAMRA). Two friends and I founded CAMRA three years ago because there had not been a functioning club in our area for more than 10 years. Since its inception, we have worked to build CAMRA into a self-sufficient organization, being very careful to allow it to grow organically. We intentionally did not establish a strict structure for the club, or lock in its goals or intentions. We were looking for the club to define itself, rather than have us define it. This guiding principal has made things difficult at times, given the club's flexible nature, but I think the effort has been worth it.
Our intentions are to push for club leadership elections in the near future, if we can manage it. We believe this is important for several reasons, including:
- Getting new energy and insight into the club,
- Fostering shared accountability amongst club members,
- Allowing leadership to become independent of the founders, and
- The simple fact that we need a break from work associated with leading the organization
What are your club's leadership rotation policies and how important do you feel they are to overall club health? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
A few ideas that you could take to encourage rotating club leadership, include:
- Ensuring that your club's bylaws include set periods for new officer elections,
- Setting term limits for specific officer roles, such as limiting the president to only serving two terms,
- Establishing a steering committee to guide the club rather than relying on one or two individuals.