Branch 8

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What Does Big Sir Do?

Big Sir is a LEADER!

As Big Sir, you are the chief executive officer of your branch, a non-profit corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of California.

Your Little Sir should learn from you about the responsibilities of his role and he should support you, his Big Sir. Your Little Sir should be prepared to take over from you in case of illness or other absence. Together, you are a team managing the operations of your Branch. If you follow the suggestions for Little Sir in the Branch Schedule of Operations (click the link to download the latest version available) he will gain experience in all the main areas of Branch management during the year. 

The role of Big Sir is critical to branch success.  In the opinion of many, it is the most important job in SIR.  You are the one who leads the branch, sets the tone, sees that programs are planned and implemented, and ensures that reports are completed and submitted on time. Don’t worry, you can delegate the responsibility for submitting Forms to the member who reports the data to your BEC! There are only 2 forms most months; Form 27 and Form 28, and they are discussed in separate topics later.

If your branch has problems (eg declining membership, lack of volunteers, weak finances, etc), you, the Big Sir (or CEO) are the one on whose shoulders the weight is placed.  You are not in it alone, and the purpose of this website is to answer your questions or point you at sources that can provide help.

Here’s a list of Big Sir’s PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES. This may seem to be a long list, and it’s probable that some topics are missing! But don’t worry, many of your responsibilities only happen once or twice a year. If you want other topics covered please email me (derek.southern@gmail.com) and let me know what else you would like to see, and tell me why. Feedback is appreciated – and necessary!

Throughout the year Big Sir should:
Lead all of the affairs of the Branch, subject to SIR bylaws, policies and procedures, your Branch regulations and the control of the Branch Executive Committee (BEC).
Embrace RAMP (Recruiting, Activities, Member Relations, and Publicity/Image), placing emphasis on establishing chairmen of committees for each function.
Ensure the branch has an officer and key leader succession plan, and that back-ups are trained for key leadership positions.
Act as a mentor to the Little Sir.
Demonstrate the positive attributes of a SIR leader
Know where to find supporting information on the State Website.
Act as an ex officio member on all committees except the Nominating Committee.

Every Month Big Sir should:
Preside at all meetings of the Branch and its BEC, it is recommended that you have an agenda for both meetings circulated beforehand.  It is suggested that the Little Sir presides over one of each of these meetings towards the end of the year.
Review Forms 27 and 28 at each BEC meeting. If the Branch is not meeting its objectives ensure corrective actions are taken – earlier is better than later.
Review the Schedule of Branch Operations at the BEC meeting

Annually: (just once)
Appoint chairmen of all Branch committees. In particular, once you are elected you should appoint the Chairman and members of the Auditing and Nominating Committees (in the Sept-Nov timeframe) so these Committees are ready to perform as soon as your year in office starts.
Represent your Branch at the Annual Meeting of the Members of the Corporation (typically in August) and vote in the election of Corporate Officers and on propositions to amend the Branch and Corporate Bylaws.
Ensure the BEC sets reasonable membership and other annual goals that address issues of importance to branch improvement and long-term branch survival.
Vote in the election of the Area Governor as a member of the Area’s Election Committee.

As needed:
Ensure that Branch officers and committee chairmen receive the necessary training for their positions.
Execute any document or other instrument authorized by the State Board.
Recognize volunteers who contribute to the running of the Branch

You will Need the Following Skills and Abilities:
Be able to use Email and Word (or equivalent) effectively
Be a proven leader of volunteers
Know how to use Zoom effectively. Find a tech guy to support your use of Zoom.
Demonstrate the SIR Leader Valued Behaviors  (click the link to review these behaviors)

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