There's an age-old belief about the best, perhaps only, way to extract yourself from a volunteer position: Don't retire till you find your replacement.

But for how long do you search?

This philosophy may have worked back when community service was part of everyone's life, but today, not so much.

More than 16 years ago I agreed to join the committee of the Maungaturoto Country Club with its bunch of satellite sports clubs, a repertory theatre, plus social members. Then I agreed to become secretary which, at first, involved simply taking minutes and typing them up. Over the years the