2023 Changes & Challenges
It has been three years since a few retired volunteers were challenged to create a self-reliant member-focused and professionally managed organization. I’m declaring the effort a success. We have a business plan and have produced annual reports presented to PGE and our membership. This has resulted in annual financial support from PGE that allows us to offer membership that is FREE to join and FREE of advertising. While we have almost 900 news subscribers and almost 600 members of our private Facebook Group, we have reached a plateau in the membership levels. It is believed that there are retirees who are not aware that they need to “join” to get our email, news, and Facebook Group access. So, we will launch a membership committee this year to focus on maintaining our existing members, while also reaching out to recruit new membership in our organization.
As a retiree organization, we are subject to turnover in our volunteer leaders and doers on the board and the many committees. Volunteers are critical to this organization to provide the services to its members, helping them stay informed, stay connected and stay active. So, a second goal for 2023 is to encourage a few more volunteers to join our board and committees.
John McLain, President
Strategic Purpose 2023
Maintain a relationship of mutual advocacy and support with PGE Corporate Executives. Retirees are an important focus for both organizations. Support from PGE Corporate will be different in the future than in the past years, but no less critical.
Organizational Purpose 2023
Maintain a non-profit organization with appropriate administrative and online systems needed to best serve the needs of retirees who choose to join the organization. Membership includes retirees, family, and active employees too.
Membership Purpose 2023
Maintain programs and support services for retirees desiring news, social networking opportunities, sports and special interests activities, and advocacy initiatives.