Dave Ball....I also find it interesting that the By-Laws are being shoved in your face over a balloting proceedure so completely SCREWED up by the Sec/Treas holding the mailing list and bank account hostage over a personal vendetta....to be more exact, how absolutely LUDICRIS it is to be insulted as you have been and told off about the By-laws while the very people who are doing this remain indifferent to how we GOT into this position in the first place and who exactly wrecked or sabotaged the effective and correct proceedures to hold an election. Does ANYONE not underestand this was brought about by a MUTINY on the Board by the Sec/Treas? I thought not....
A motion was called for by a member at the GMM to FIRE the Sec/ Treas at TP if she did not hand over the mailing list and bank account IMMEDIATELY and the immediate response was another motion/manouever/Parlimentary Proceedure/Robert's Rules load of horsemanure offered to head off that from happening, so I have SEEN how the jailhouse lawyer tactics have yet further stymied the Board and the Membership from regaining control of the list and the funds in person....to have the GALL to complain about the short return time on the ballots when this very person was a part of the effort to keep the Sec/Treas from giving up the list/$$$ in APRIL for God's sake...and who now offers only "I am aware of the challenges" as a response is...shameful.
I felt the offer by the President and the Board to extend an "investigation" by a "committe" was a very magnanimous one that was instantly commandeered and the 'recomendaitions to the Board' were massaged into yet ANOTHER public harangue on how horrible it was for a non-elected/volunteer/temporary Editor who went rogue got canned.....investigating the FACTS was what it was supposed to do and instead it became yet ANOTHER vehicle for personal agendas.
To say I am disappointed that those within our ranks who live and breathe Parlimentary Proceedures, Robert's Rules and negotiations on a daily basis can completlely gloss over the trainwreck the Sec/Tres has deliberately created and then ignore that in order to point out that the 30 days called for in the By-Laws is down to a couple weeks?
As far as the numbering of ballots to prevent duplication, I give a hearty "ATTA BOY!" to whomever thought that up as I imagine there has never been a more inportant election in the MVCC to avoid that. I am more than satisfied with the proceedure, and if those who are distressed over it had come forward to be a part of the process, they would have understood that and probably been satisfied that those who stuffed the envelopes with numbered ballots did not keep track of who got them and perhaps if they had VOLUNTEERED to assist, then there would have been no problem with the counting as a 100% separate committee for counting from that which did the stuffing/mailing could have been arranged.
In my mind, there is only one chapter of the MVPA in these parts and that is the MVCC...there are 'Social Groups" within the club as all organiszations have but to give a VOICE to them as if they had a SAY in the operations of the MVCC is the way to divide this club into the Sauth Bay Group, the NRG, the North Bay Group and then the rest have to chose who to hang out with. When we camp at TP our 'GROUP' represents about 12-15 guys from Kansas, Oregon, Arizona, the NRG, the North Bay and a bunch of others...we don't HAVE an "agenda" nor do we have a "VOICE" in the MVCC and that's just how it should be....a "social group" and noting more. As far as I know, the South Bay guys have some get-togethers and were part of the Camp Parks event planning to which we were all invited. A few years ago the Gridley event was put together and we were all invited...as are many parades and events through the year....all well and good, but when any of these area/groups begins to think they have a VOICE and that they MUST band together/vote/hang out as a separate entity within the MVCC then we are headed for disaster my friends....the sooner those who intend on going AWOL do just that, the rest of us can get back to the MVCC and leave those divisions behind. heck, we have VPs in each area that organize and represent the locals....now if we give the individual groups a VOICE at the table beyond the general membership we are doomed.
In the end, those who have different ideas need to run for office and stop throwing rocks at the efforts of those who are trying to fix this mess!
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