The highlight of the January Board meeting is always the annual budget review. The Board considers each line item request from officers and committee chairs and attempts to fit it all within the more-or-less ironclad income expectations.
Well, ok, not so much. The Section virtually always budgets for a significant deficit, knowing that some of the requests are for events that won’t happen, and some others are significantly higher than the organizers really expect to spend. They say past performance is not a guarantee of future results, but we usually prove “them” wrong, and finish the year almost invariably with a modest surplus despite the grim deficit budget.
That didn’t happen in 2018. Though we did manage to trim the “expected” deficit by about 60%, we still ended the year with $9,362.54 more expenses than income. (We have reserves. We are not contemplating a Go Fund Me campaign, okay?) That experience seems to have startled the collective. There was some serious discussion about the bottom line, but we still ended the evening with an approved budget that projects a big (BIG) deficit. You can see it here, along with 2018 numbers for reference.
Anyway, check it out, if only to get a sense of what the Section has in mind for 2019. Maybe find a subcommittee that sounds interesting, look up the contact info for the Chair, and get involved.