Dear IGDA members who attended the Austin GDC,
I had an excellent time meeting many of you throughout the week, and look forward to doing so again in the future. It is clear to me that you understand the power of your chapters is in your volunteers and their willingness and desire to make the organization into something greater than the sum of its parts.
As you know, I have been working diligently since July 1st to increase the value of the central organization. Being developers, I am also confident that you understand nothing is achieved overnight or by one’s self. The IGDA Board of Directors has been integrally involved in all of the changes you have seen in the last 3 months, and there are MANY more to come.
It is because the need is so great that the Board, upon reviewing the departure of 3 elected members, decided that additional volunteers were needed. The full Board reviewed and discussed a number of candidates, specifically focusing in on those who had expressed interest previously, and who had skill sets that the organization needs in this critical period of transition.
We have challenges ahead, which should not be news to you. But we also have solid plans to rebuild membership, increase participation, and bring increased value to each individual member. We also have the administrative issues that any organization servicing 12,000 people worldwide faces. So it was that we needed some help, and could not wait for the election cycle to roll about. This is exactly why the ability for the Board to appoint members was placed into the by-laws in the first place. These folks have agreed to serve for shortened 2 year terms specifically to support the association in this time of transition. There is work to be done, and they agreed to help get on with the jobs at hand.
I ask each of you to support these new Board members as well as the existing ones. For without them, the IGDA as an international organization would not exist. I also ask you to consider volunteering to run for the Board yourself. It is not an easy task, and it requires more than a little of your time, but if you want to make a difference in the IGDA, that is the best place to be.