Taking a LEAP
Input and Suggestions Requested
GEC with your comments, questions, priorities, or suggestions to make
the GEC better as we prepare for the future.
The GEC is
working to position the organization as a significant community leader for
century and an advocate for a clean environment and a healthy economy for
the coastal region of southeast Georgia.
Leadership Enhancement Assistance Program (LEAP) of the
Environmental Support Center,
the GEC has contracted for the services of
Ann Harper (Harper Consulting of Atlanta) as a consultant and
facilitator to the Board and members of GEC in its effort to develop a plan
through which the GEC can increase effectiveness of the organization in
achieving its mission. GEC wishes to improve fundraising techniques, expand
and solidify a base of regional support, develop and diversify the Board,
enhance its public relations and communications strategies, and assess and
improve the GECís perception in the eyes of the public. Harper Consulting
will be evaluating current practices and provide feedback, information and
training related to those topics and provide coaching services to GEC to
develop strategies, evaluate progress, and resolve problems related to
achieving goals and expectations.
GEC members, Board, and
officers met on January 26-27, 2008, for the LEAP Retreat to evaluate the
organization now, 18 years after its
humble beginnings. This effort was made possible through the Leadership
Enhancement Assistance Program (LEAP) of the Environmental Support Center
(ESC). Ann Harper of Harper Consulting was obtained to do an in-depth
evaluation of the organization in preparation for facilitating the Retreat
and helping the GEC achieve goals over the next year.
Ann Harper interviewed a wide variety of people from our community about
their perception of the GEC and reported the results. While none of the
views of the GEC were unexpected, it did help focus where efforts and plans
would be made to change perceptions and help the GEC better fit with the
evolution of attitudes and expectations in our community over the past 18
The results of the
community interviews were followed by an evaluation of the strengths,
weaknesses, and changes needed to position the GEC to serve our community in
the 21st century. After plans were developed and priorities set, an
ambitious implementation schedule was developed. While some changes will
take time to fully implement, several are already underway, such as
improving the GEC Newsletter, identifying talents within the GEC, and
seeking Board members with needed skills and insights.
The Retreat was not
the end of the GEC LEAP effort. As the GEC implements our public relations,
Board development and diversification, and fundraising plans, Ann Harper
will continue to advise and evaluate our progress. But we also need our
members and community to help throughout the process.
GEC members are
encouraged to participate.
Do not hesitate to contact the GEC if you have a comment, question, or