Our Governance Structure

The Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group is 100% volunteer-run by a Coordinating Team of people who serve together.  Our strength as volunteers does not come from how complicated we can make a situation, but how simply and directly we can relate to our circumstances.

What follows is a description of two structures, A, and B.  A is the current structure, and B is the structure that was approved on Sept 21, 2019, at the last community-wide meeting, but ultimately failed.

A.     Current Operating Structure

The TSMG is currently operating with a 4 person Coordinating Team by default due to resignations, the COVID 19 pandemic, and other issues. These four are:
1. Volunteer & Membership, Team Shine, Daily Meditation, and Monday night Reflection Group: Marianna Cacciatore
2. Sangha Liaison, Webmaster and asst database administrator: Deb Maher
3. Database Administration: Dana Leon
4. Treasury and Legal Infrastructure: Gary Jones

The Coordinating Team believes our key roles as volunteers in service to the Tucson Shambhala Meditation Group is to support the facilitation of the activities of the community while maintaining the infrastructure, physical, digital, and financial.

The Coordination Team abides by the principles and teachings of Shambhala and supports online and in-person events in Tucson as well as those throughout the Shambhala Network.

All Coordination Team meetings are open to community members. Our Sangha Liaison prepares a structured 2-hour agenda and we post it to the website. Community members may make presentations by sending a request a week in advance so that the topic can be placed on the agenda. Please send any requests to [email protected]

Meeting summaries are posted on the website and we also send out emails to community members to ensure that everyone feels included and engaged.

 

B.     Aspirational Governance Structure 

This structure, which emerged from the Transition Task Force (which worked from June to September 2019) began to fall apart within 6 weeks of our Sept 21st launch due primarily to resignations and lack of volunteers. We defaulted to the current structure by March 2020 when the COVID 19 pandemic struck.

Our originally desired governance structure was comprised of committees, committee leads, and a council. It was designed to promote participation, distribute the workload, and give members an opportunity to contribute to community well-being.

The Council and committees abide by the principles and teachings of Shambhala and support in-person events, classes, and teachings as well as online classes and activities throughout the Shambhala Network.

All council meetings are open to community members, our Council Sangha Liaison prepares a structured 2- hour agenda and we post it to the website. Community members may make presentations by sending a request a week in advance so that the topic can be placed on the agenda. Please send any requests to [email protected]

Council meeting summaries are posted on the website and we also send out emails to community members to ensure that everyone feels included and engaged.