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Old 09-17-2015, 08:26 PM
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Unhappy Club prez getting burned out...

Hey guy's been president of our local club for the past two years now, actually started the club. I'm starting to get burned out and not sure if i should step down, just looking for some idea's how how to change things up so this burned out feeling goes away... Thanks!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:42 PM
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Delegate.

Well, depending on how big the club is. If you can assign some individuals, or 3-person committees, to take care of tasks, it'll help greatly. Someone to run weeklies. Someone to organize workdays. Someone to get sponsors for tourneys. Or whatever it is you're doing now. Then, if they're doing things, don't meddle with them---just let them report to you, and the club.

Plan B: Quit, and after no one steps up in your place, everyone will realize how much you were doing.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:45 PM
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Delegate.

Well, depending on how big the club is. If you can assign some individuals, or 3-person committees, to take care of tasks, it'll help greatly. Someone to run weeklies. Someone to organize workdays. Someone to get sponsors for tourneys. Or whatever it is you're doing now. Then, if they're doing things, don't meddle with them---just let them report to you, and the club.

Plan B: Quit, and after no one steps up in your place, everyone will realize how much you were doing.
Yeah, for sure. Get some help and hand off some of the duties. It always seems like the same handful of guys stepping up and putting in the work. The metro Detroit area has its group, and they are amazing dudes. Simply workhorses that can not be thanked enough. I don't know how they do it. Hang in there, man.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:04 PM
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If you have no club charter, create one. Specify one year term limits for officers.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:24 PM
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Hey guy's been president of our local club for the past two years now, actually started the club. I'm starting to get burned out and not sure if i should step down, just looking for some idea's how how to change things up so this burned out feeling goes away... Thanks!!
Step down into a role with less responsibility. Offer your experience to help whoever comes after you with whatever they need help with. You should not be doing this forever. The spirit of rotation is very important in service/volunteer organizations. If your burnt out, its time for you to rotate into a less important role.

If you don't have anyone in the club that you feel like can step into your role, start grooming one. Immediately.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:29 PM
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I have always said that a sure way to get burned out on a hobby is the become an officer in the local club. As an officer you end up doing a disproportionate amount of the work and listening to others complain about how it is being handled.

I agree with what the others have suggested. Figure out who your core group is, and distribute the work among them. If there is no core group, then perhaps the club needs to disband or at least take a break for a while. In the groups of different clubs that I've been involved with, a couple of have just gone away if there wasn't enough momentum to keep them going.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:49 AM
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If you started the club you're a go getter, but being president isn't about doing; it's about managing people and tasks. I learned that the hard way and got burnt out for a while too.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:58 AM
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Hey from one pres to another, it's a constant struggle to keep the passion alive. For me, i find the most rewarding experiences are interfacing our club with other clubs. It keeps things fresh, new, and helps make your little segment feel part of a larger scheme. So for me, running a few local tournaments and then urging local players to play in other regional events is how I try to keep things positive. Going to play a C-tier 2 hours away with 4 or 5 other club members is awesome and totally reinvigorating.

When you start feeling burned out from over activity, dial it back a little. Have a meeting and talk about the direction the club is headed, and have a realistic discussion on what it will take to achieve the club's goals. I have to constantly remind myself that regular members get burned out too. And if i feel there's too much on my plate, well, there's probably too much on everybody's plate.

The ugly part for me is when dependable club members move away or all of a sudden lose interest and stop playing. It happens every year to a few people you'd never expect. Just gotta keep telling yourself and other other officers that there's nothing that can prevent it and move on.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:18 AM
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Well said JRawk. I started the LoCo Club in Loudoun,VA and basically did everything for 3 years with little help and got totally burned out on it this year. Delegate some people you can hopefully depend on who have the best intentions for the club. I had a goal to run the club for a few years and step away and let someone else run it.

I decided to focus on course design, course installation, disc golf education and do not focus on the actual running the club anymore. It is satisfying to see new members step up and run it without me.
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Old 09-18-2015, 12:23 PM
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Another +1 for delegate. I'm in my second year of presidency for a club we started in the spring of 2014. I got super burnt out the first season, receiving minimal help with our leagues, projects, tourneys, ect. This year, and its weird because I didn't actually delegate, but 2 other guys stepped up to run the 2 main weeklies we do. After that, I haven't felt at all burdened. Actually huge thanks to ThrowBot on here for running our largest league on Tues nights. All I did was show up, help get cards and flights, and distibute tags at the end of the night. He dealt with all of the cash, supplies, handicap tracking, payouts, ect. It was great!
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