"Some club presidents/boards appoint the ARES EC (Emergency Coordinator) and the local Radio Officer (RO). And, there have been cases where the EC/RO had to go to the board for permission to participate in an agency drill. And the reply (although rare) was 'I'm sorry but we can't. There is a DX contest this weekend'.
"The EC/RO should not work for a president/board or club. To work in today's real world a person should meet agency standards as stated in an agency job description and be approved by and work under the direction of the agency. The club president, and/or the board may want to make recommendations, but in the end it's up to the agency coordinator to make the appointment.
"The outdated approach was to tell the agency what the club or organization could, or even would, do; i.e., Yes/no on drill or participation. This approach is still practiced by some older organizations. However, it doesn't work that way, that often, or that well, any more.
Continues, next week.