A commitment of trust.
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 (www.coatingstech.org).
Robert F. Ziegler
Executive Vice President
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2005|
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