Does anyone have a polite way of saying (or is this ok itself) "Please don't volunteer anyone else to do more work. If you think something should be done you should only propose it if you are willing to do it yourself."
I'll give a bit of a background. I am on the "board" of a community club. Its an annual club where people buy in at the beginning of the year and then receive a product regularly for 26 weeks. The product comes from another, third party. Basically the club's role is to collect all the funds, pay the third party, collect the goods each week and arrange for members to pick up their goods. Our club has about 40 members (very small for this type of club), the third party supplier has about 50 groups and about 2,000 individual people receiving their weekly goods. The goods are distributed on a fixed schedule set by the third party. All board members are volunteers and get no extra benefits from being on the board.
So twice now we've had issues with board members directing what "should" be done, but making it clear they weren't going to be the ones doing the work.
The first was when we were recruiting members and organizing an event to do so. We are a small group and our goal was for 60 members this year. We planned an event, open to the public, to raise awareness of our group and pique interest. One member, Joe, made a flyer (in Word). It was a bit "folky" and amateurish but perfectly acceptable. And easy to print (standard paper size and black and white). And other member, Claude, suggested it should be more professional and full color (showed an example of a flyer done in some art program). The example was beautiful for sure. But the thing is it became clear after a while Claude had no intention of producing such a flyer for us, nor any suggestions how we could print/copy a full color flyer. He just didn't like Joe's and wanted something different to be made (via magic?) All the back and forth about the flyer delayed us releasing it and therefore delayed our promoting the event by about 2 weeks... and we ended up going with Joe's flyer, with a slight (and in my opinion bad) modification.
The next just happened. Our distribution started 4 weeks ago, with this week being week #5. A larger organization that helps clubs such as ours sent a general email to all the clubs in the city asking if any are still accepting members. Joe forwarded the email to the board asking for opinions. I responded to all (we have 5 board members) that I didn't think we should accept any new members at the moment, because it would just be too confusing (but that i would respect the majority vote on the matter). Thought it is too much work to change our pick-up sheets, our volunteer slots are all full (each member volunteers to man the pick-ups at least once during the 26 weeks of distribution), and it would just overall be a hassle. Our registration period ran from mid-January to last week of May and I think if people missed it, oh well they missed it. I suggested we take their contact info and simply invite them to join next year.
So then Nina, another board member responded to all saying "While I agree with you Willy, I do understand the feeling of frustration of not having a [club membership]. (That was me 2 years ago!) The extra work is mostly on your and Joan's shoulders.
But if you all feel we should, given the worry about not having enough members we once had then sure. How about forwarding the email [to the third party provider] and see what he says about $, hassle, etc..."
And that's it. All the work will fall on me. I will be the one who has to get the payment, and then take it to the Post Office and certified-mail send it and I'm the one who will have to change the sign-up sheets, and I'm the one who has to send all the emails and I just don't want to do it. Nina is not volunteering to take on the hassle (she has still not updated a chart she volunteered to update 4 weeks ago). And I'm ticked she didn't respect my opinion in having said I didn't want to. If she wants to do the work, fine, no problem. But she admits it won't be her, it will be me and another board member.