Sunday, August 20, 2006

Update on the previous entry

I just got off the phone with Gerald Buck. We had a long, positive conversation regarding my previous post, but he did want to straighten some things out. Gerald has a problem in that what he writes in an email or group post doesn't always come out quite the way he meant it to. He feels some communications he has had with Amy and others were misunderstood.

What happened was, when emails were flying back and forth among board and committee members, many people tended to hit the "reply to all" option when perhaps it wasn't called for. As a result, people were getting messages that they shouldn't have. While members have every right to be aware of what is being discussed by the Board and to let their officers know how they feel about issues, they should not have access to private conversations between Board members. This was the problem Gerald was trying to address and things got misunderstood.

This does not address what others have communicated to Amy. Gerald just wanted to clear the air as to his intentions. I believe him, and I want to make sure that everyone else hears his side. I also would like to stress that I was not pointing fingers at specific people in my post, simply the need for us to let our representatives know how we feel about the issues being discussed.

As Gerald and I were talking, I asked him if, before he became a District Director, he ever had a clue as to what was going on with the BOD. He admitted he pretty much never had a clue. Neither did I, for the most part. There is a need for the membership to know what is being discussed. Not necessarily the details, but there should be some kind of agenda posted in a members-only section of the website, and in the newsletter. Our DDs can't very well represent us if we don't know what is going on and therefore don't let them know what we want and how we feel. Board minutes and votes should also be posted, so we know what was decided and who decided it. Amy is pursuing these goals, and I support her in them.

So Gerald, if I missed anything, feel free to correct me. ;)

4 comments:

Jacque said...

Board Minutes, when there is a Board Meeting, are printed in the Angora News. There has not been much business conducted in the last couple of years. #1)Failure of quorum at BOD meeting at Convention, #2) Failure of Directors and Officers voting when there is an issue to vote on.
A President cannot put minutes of a Board Meeting if there are none. Exactly what do the members want to know????? The Directors know what is being voted on and when. All they have to do is put it in their columns. And, the President's article usually tells any business that is going on. Normally, the only business conducted is voted on by the membership, as there has mainly been work done on the CBL and the Policies Manual - besides that, what is there to tell??????? If you ask questions, you get answers, if you don't, you won't.

Jan said...

Jacque,

The point is, the Directors do NOT put it in their columns. And thank you for making my point - which is for members to communicate with their Directors. An agenda of what the Board is discussing, and their votes, posted on the NARBC website, will make everyone's job easier - assuming we all want everyone to know what is going on, and how our Directors have voted.

Jacque said...

Janet,
Unfortunately, only about 1/3 of NARBC members use the internet, sooooooo, the important thing is to make it known in the newsletter.......We always got President's notes by mail and the past President was very good about telling what was going on in NARBC. Having a blog will wind up in verbal battles - just liket the NARBC onelist - and beside, 1/3 of the NARBC members are not the majority that use the internet.

Jan said...

However, the newsletter only comes out 4 times a year, and by the time it arrives at our homes, most of the items up for discussion are dealt with.

The website is real-time, and there is no reason why an agenda cannot be posted there, along with voting results.

And again, the goal of my post is to get people to establish a dialogue with their DDs and officers. The website will facilitate this. The newsletter will also help, and no one intends that it would be out of the loop, we just want to extend the loop.