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From the VSNA Treasurer By Karuna Hiremath Sharanu/Sharanarthi, Dear members, As the treasurer of VSNA during the 2017-2018 term, I would like to share my experiences working as the treasurer and officer and as a member of the organization. To begin with, I was very excited as I was part of a team of all-women officers for the first time in the history of VSNA. As we began our journey, little did I know what challenges would follow. To name a few: ● We were surprised to start the year looking for a chapter to host and conduct the convention, which is typically (and reasonably) the responsibility of the previous administration before handing over duties ● The VSNA website was hacked multiple times, and the previous administration repeatedly neglected to fix it ● There was an amount of $130k combined in the bank and in the investment account as cash with no earnings whatsoever ● The Life members roster had not been updated in years During our term, we not only strategized solutions to the above issues by cleaning up the mismanagement and failures left behind by some of our previous administrations and officers, but we also faced the challenges of VSNA elections which were held for the first time in over 35 years. My dream was to make these elections a one-of-a-kind experience for all the members with competent planning, but instead it turned out to be an ugly mess with unproductive monthly meetings including members consistently disrespecting each other (and the women officers) all because a few egotistical BOD and BOR members brought their own selfish agendas to the meetings. The members should understand that every one of us are volunteers, and the focus should be on the growth of the organization, not bringing personal agendas to light and intimidating others. The select few BOD and BOR members constantly accused and harassed the women officers. It was often torturous and stressful to even attend these meetings, and eventually the VSNA President had no other choice but to seek legal help to try and contain the situation. One of the main concerns the organization has been facing in recent years was to attract the current generation of youth. Our team did a wonderful job countering this trend by bringing youth members to the forefront and proudly hosting 2017 VSNA Convention by youth. Moving forward, my honest opinion is that we have to first bring unity, tolerance, and oneness between ourselves as the experienced adult members, or the long-preserved “Nammavva” will give way to a divided community. The BOR instead of focusing and working on long and short term projects to grow the

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