Summer 2006. A new era for JACC begins. Oh, sure, we'll continue to do the types of things we've always done, but now JACC is not your old teacher's JACC. We've finally incorporated. We exist in the realm of the big kids now.
There are good reasons and bad reasons for incorporating. There is the improved status and imporved ability to apply for grants that might be applicable only to non-profit corporations. (We don't really know how to do that yet, but now we can learn.) Bad reasons include the necessity to protect the liability of association officers in law suits; too bad we live in such a litigious society. And then there are the good/bad reasons, such as we need to work harder at following our own rules.
JACC owes considerable thanks to Melissa Korber of Las Positas College for following through with the paperwork needed to incorporate. She's also taken over as JACC's treasurer at a time when JACC is bleeding money. She's already taken so many steps to help JACC's board of directors get a better handle on what money we have and where it goes. Anyone who has studied financial stability knows that knowing where you stand at any given time is a real key. JACC's board of directors and conference planners have a Herculean job in front of them to improve the organization's finances. We're not broke yet, but we haven't completely plugged the leaky budget pipe.