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A commitment of trust.

At the Fall 2004 FSCT Board of Directors Meeting, the Federation's Structure & Governance Task Force presented its report, "A Commitment of Trust," which detailed the results of discussions held over the preceding 10 months. The recommendations included in the report proposed changes that would significantly alter the governance of the organization. The Board unanimously directed that the FSCT Bylaws Committee draft revisions to the Bylaws incorporating these recommendations for the Board to consider for First Reading at its next meeting, which will be held on May 22 in New Orleans. The proposed revised Bylaws are published in this issue (see page 9).

We sincerely thank the members of the Task Force for their efforts and dedication to a task that was difficult but necessary. They are:

Dr. Fritz Walker, Chair, Philadelphia Society; 2005 FSCT President

Bob Ahn, Past President of the Los Angeles Society

Dr. Larry Brandenburger, Northwestern Society; Past Member, FSCT Board of Directors

Jim Geiger, Southern Society; FSCT Past President

Gerry Gough, British Society; FSCT Past President

Tom Hill, FSCT Past President; Past Member, FSCT Board of Directors

Deryk Pawsey, Pacific Northwest Society; FSCT Past President

George Pilcher, CDIC Society; Past Member, FSCT Board of Directors

Chuck Shearer, New England Society; Member, FSCT Board of Directors

Roger Woodhull, New England Society; and Past Chair, Professional Development Committee

Dr. Yasmin Sayed-Sweet, Detroit Society; FSCT Secretary-Treasurer

Andy Traister, Louisville Society; Member, FSCT Board of Directors

Along with former FSCT Legal Counsel Bob McQuiston who ably facilitated the deliberations, and Staff, this group thoroughly examined the countless facets of the FSCT's structure and its governing bodies and committees. At its start, the Task Force recognized that the structure of the organization should follow its function, i.e., its mission. The group reviewed the current Mission Statement, refining and defining the central purpose and goal of the FSCT. The proposed mission statement reads:
 "To be the leading provider of educational and professional
 development services to its members, as well as to professionals
 throughout the coatings industry--and to provide forums for the
 promotion and advancement of the global coatings industry."

Although not incorporated into the Bylaws, this proposed mission statement focuses on the central goals of the FSCT and stresses the essence of what the FSCT should be striving to do in the years ahead.

Reflected in the revised Bylaws are the Task Force's most important recommendations: (1) to greatly reduce the size of the Board, and (2) to provide for the direct election of the Board of Directors by the membership. As the Task Force notes in its report, the first item addresses the need for the FSCT to become more efficient in its decision-making process; the latter speaks to the desire to form a governance based on the democratic principle of direct participation by the membership, resulting in the selection of the best and brightest volunteers available for Board positions. Both are necessary if the FSCT is to succeed in serving an international membership spanning the breadth of today's complex coatings industry.

We encourage all interested members to review the proposed Bylaws, as well as the full report of the Task Force, which can be downloaded from the FSCT's website (

Robert F. Ziegler

Executive Vice President
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Title Annotation:Perspective
Author:Ziegler, Robert F.
Publication:JCT CoatingsTech
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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