I'd meant to send out a notice early this week about the leadership transition, but the mention of Josiah's new title in the Daily Item (http://itemlive.com/articles/2012/12/17/news/news02.txt
) somewhat preempts that message. At last week's steering committee meeting, I submitted my resignation as Director of the Boston Atheists, and the committee members voted unanimously to appoint Josiah Van Vliet as interim President. Josiah's first task will be to work with that steering committee on a transition over the next two months, from our present status of a casual membership organization of some 1,100 members, to a registered non-profit community group with a board, elected officers, and standing program committees. The election will take place so that we have the new officers in place by March 1st. I or another member of the transition team will send around information about how members in good standing will be able to nominate candidates to the board, and to put themselves forward as candidates for the officer and committee positions.
Five years ago, the steering committee set a target goal of reaching 1,000 members before we returned to the question of non-profit status. We hit that mark this summer, and are now the largest secular membership organization in New England. In innumerable conversations with members, I have heard time and again that people are ready for a community that does *more* and *more often*. Well, this leadership transition is part of putting that goal square in our sights. The monthly brunches are now going to be weekly; we'll have more programs in private homes and civic spaces, as against bars and restaurants; we'll have a membership directory, a retooled website, and more opportunities for members to undertake service, outreach, and advocacy projects under the BA banner.
For my part, I am terrifically excited to see what comes next.
State Director, American Atheists