How do you fire a volunteer? It seems like an impossibility - the verbage itself sounds silly...firing a volunteer. Anyway, how do you handle that?
I'm the president of the Shreveport Branch of our Engineering group this year. (that may sound big, but it's not!) Anyway, we have 5 officers and one of the officers just isn't cutting it. Our newest addition to the officer group each year is the Secretary. Each year after that, we move up a position - so it ends up being a 5 year committment. The only two jobs the secretary has are:
1. take up money at the meetings and keep a record of who paid
2. send out a monthly newsletter to all the members of our Shreveport Branch
So, the secretary this year has a really hard time with the newsletter...mind you, it's a simple word document on 11x17 paper. All he has to do is make sure the ads are in there (the same ones all year!), insert a few pictures, insert a few columns other people write, and maybe add an article from our national website. That's it - take it to the printer downtown to copy, fold and distribute for him...and he can't do it!!! It is just awful. I got an email just this week from a sponsor whose ad (they paid for) didn't show up in there this month...
I'm not sure what the problem is - I don't know if he hasn't lived in the US long enough, if he just doesn't have ample time to do it (30 minutes or so), if he doesn't understand microsoft word, if he doesn't know where to get pictures from, etc. I just can't figure it out. I've offered help numerous time and even offered to have him come to my office and sit at my computer with me and do one together so he can have an example, but he doesn't seem to have time to devote to that.
So, i'm forced to think I'm going to have to fire him. Our secretary moves up a position into the Treasurer spot the second year - and I can't imagine what will happen to our funds if he can't even run Word or keep an accurate record of who pays at the meetings...
So, any thoughts on how to "let him go?"