Originally Posted by carvedog
Ok so a name to put with the postings. That's good. Like it or not the river community is rightfully skeptical of some of the big claims laid down last year by NOR and the continued referral to 'purchase the book' and it will all be clear.
While your heart may be in the right spot NOR as an organization and this 'alias' seem to be less than forthright. That is the perception. The good news is you can change that. Show that your legal status is current and is a true 503. How about a list of your board of directors? Who you are? Or who the office staff is? Again the website has precious little in the 'about' to inspire confidence.
AWA has a list of professional staff, board and IRS status. They are legit. Show us you are and you will engender a lot more support and interest.
Thanks for the feedback carvedog. Understand and agree completely with what you've said. We were working on the strategy guide the last few months, because people started to understand the existing law and then the bigger question came up: So we have these federal rights, how do we get them applied? So we wanted to explain and address that issue, arguably one of the most important.
In light of what I've said in agreeing with you, my question for you is this: Is solving and addressing the issues river users are facing more important, or renewing the paperwork? Ideally, both at the same time (both are definitely important), but we had to pick a priority with our limited volunteers. To us, helping issues get solved has been the priority (and we were below the total giving amount for IRS reporting for the last several years). Now that the strategy guide is done, renewing status we had since 1978 is next on the list. We are currently renewing the status (yes, I realize this was said a few months ago, and I do apologize for our limited work scope), and will keep you posted. Have a board, and a couple volunteer staff. Will be on the website (anything else you recommend on the About section?).
Also, do the facts/existing law/rights remain the same, with or without us? By all means, use the resources to solve river issues in your area. Don't wait to give to us. What's important is not giving, but for river users to use the tools explaining their existing rights to make a tangible difference on the rivers they love to use.
Thank you carvedog for helping me with this alias, I'm sure it will be a process.