By now you all likely have your NARBC newsletter. I would like to respond to the President's Message here. I tried to discuss it with Judy prior to publication, but my emails were met with silence - although after it was sent to the printer, she did reply to one point - sort of.
First of all, regarding the disassociation of the Yahoo list from the NARBC, Amy sent a ballot to the BOD regarding this. Judy's message leads one to believe that the BOD "stepped in" and took a vote. Not true!
Regarding the NARBC website. You were not "just given one opinion". You were given the facts of the situation, as they happened. No opinions were given as to why it happened, you were allowed to reach your own conclusion. Don't believe me? Go back to the September newsletter and see for yourself.
Regarding the PayPal account. The NARBC most certainly CAN have its own PayPal account, and in its own name. Hundreds of thousands of businesses across the planet can attest to this. Yes, a person has to accept responsibility, naturally, but having a PayPal account in a business or club name is perfectly legal, moral and ethical. Don't believe me? Check it out:
...Business accounts are for businesses. They include our Core Features, as well as our Premium Features, detailed below. Business accounts can operate under a company or group name. Core Features:
Downloadable Log Premium Features:
Includes all Core Features
Use your name or a corporate or group name
Accept unlimited credit or debit card payments
Payment Receiving Preferences
Multi-User Access (for Business accounts)
Advanced downloadable logs ...
I am disappointed that this has to be re-hashed, but I will not let misconceptions go unchallenged. Nor will I allow my name to be associated with a publication that contains, IMO, deliberate misconceptions. This could have been addressed, but was not, so I resigned as newsletter editor. I know this will make certain people who have been making efforts to undermine my authority as newsletter editor very, very happy.
Well, be careful what you wish for. The NARBC enjoyed a boost in membership largely because of efforts on the part of Amy's supporters to get new members and to get people to re-join, because they wanted the promise of a new administration. I predict many of those new and re-upped members will not be renewing now that Amy has resigned and the new administration seems to want to discredit her efforts. I have seriously considered allowing my membership to lapse as well. However, I do get quite a few referrals from the NARBC website breeder list, and my animals do well in shows, giving me a respectable place in the sweepstakes despite the small number of shows I attend, and that is good advertising, too. So for those reasons I will remain, although I will not participate (do I hear more cheers?), except for my vote, and my recommendations on this blog.
So, if your rabbitry would benefit from sweepstakes points or breeder listing, use the club. If not, I wouldn't bother. There are angora fiber groups you can get support from, email me privately if you'd like information on them.
One last note: There are many wonderful people in the NARBC. I have made friends there I would not wish to be without. I just think it is sad that some people can do no wrong, even when they clearly are wrong, and those who wish to hold them accountable are labeled as troublemakers.
Let the flaming begin...