On the evening of January 22nd, 2021 C.A.A. Board of Directors met to discuss and vote on some proposed changes that would alter some fundamental aspects of the Central Aid Agency. These changes have been in discussion for several weeks now, and it was decided by the Board that implementing them would be in the best interest of the C.A.A. moving forward. Taking into consideration the limited financial and personnel resources of the organization.
The first change implemented will be the deactivation of Community Service as a Primary Command of the Central Aid Agency and the retiring of its senior leadership and Board positions. This issue was not taken lightly given the importance of this Command to the C.A.A. over the years. The decision was based on many factors including current personnel interest and participation, current direction of the organization, and best use of available resources. Although the mission of community service remains a core aspect of the Central Aid Agency, and we will still engage in community service projects from time to time, they will no longer occur on a regular basis and will not have a formalized Command to oversee them. The second change is to narrow the primary operational focus of the Central Aid Agency to our Emergency Management mission (including security), which will alter our current unit and command structure. Emergency management and response has been an important (and growing) part of the Central Aid Agency since 2012 when the Rapid Response Team was activated. It is an area that continues to be one of the biggest for personnel engagement and community impact. Prioritizing it as our main operational focus right now makes the most sense given the current makeup of our organization and our limited available resources.
The third and final change is in regards to our regular meetings. Rather than having Sector Meetings monthly and Emergency Response meetings every other month, both meetings are now going to be combined into a new single modular Sector Meeting that will occur once a month on the 2nd Friday starting at 1900. Changing the meeting format will increase available training time and make it easier for personnel, since all personnel will now attend the same meeting that happens every month. It will also open up the calendar for extra hands-on training in addition to the meetings, and will allow us to start implementing a Saturday training day that will occur at least quarterly, to further increase our level of training and allow learning more advanced skills.