For several reasons, DAGC decided to compress its strategic planning process into a nine-month schedule (four meetings held 2 1/2 months apart).
Each planning session was unique (see sidebar, "The DAGC Timetable").
As part of the strategic planning process, DAGC developed ways to measure how effectively we're fulfilling our mission.
DAGC drew its 12member committee from the board of directors and included past, present, and future leaders.
DAGC initially relied on its elected president to facilitate planning, but the time commitment-in addition to his other responsibilities-proved too great.
DAGC took on the majority of the clerical work generated by the planning process and relied on staff members and volunteers to identify and track down relevant information.