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Old 07-03-2007, 07:15 AM   #1
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A Sign of Things to Come?

I am thinking that Paul Waddell's nomination for the WBCCI's 3rd VP from the floor could have been a shot across the bow for the club. His nominee (Peter ?) was defeated but there were delegates who said they would like more timely notice in order to support a candidate who may be more qualified. I can see units looking for those qualified candidates who could lead the club where many would like it to go - and conceivably quicker than putting candidates in the traditional long line of ascension. It could happen very quickly if the leaders don't listen.

What do you think? Who are your candidates and how would interested parties get the ball rolling?

Possible?

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Old 07-03-2007, 09:04 AM   #2
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In the current "control system", the leadership controls who will be their successors. The system is designed that way. That's the way that they want it. How many organizations are there that have a large block of members (MALs) that have absolutely no voice? This club fears members who could vote without the contols at the regional and unit level.

Change will only come with one member/one vote within our club. Anything less is meaningless lip service.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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I agree, but think that even under the present system if members belonged to units that would split their vote (as some did with the nomination from the floor) then outstanding candidates have a good chance to be elected from outside the "System". I think that it would be important to give it a try, who knows it just may threaten the machine enough that they may just listen or be earmarked to have an outside candidate give that nominee a run for their money.

Hope you guys have recovered from your travels, where to next?

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Old 07-03-2007, 03:35 PM   #4
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What came out of the election was that many delegates received specific instructions from their members to vote one way and they were duty bound to comply. If you listened to Leo Garvey when he asked to have his name removed from nomination, is is clear that there will be information sent to each unit prior to next year's business meeting which will enable the units to consider other nominees. This is an important step to changing the course of WBCCI.

Hopefully the IBT will allow this information in the Blue Beret. I would like to see position statements by each officer as to their vision and how they would address the challenges of declining membership.

I was amazed at the confusion in how to handle three nominees for the two positions on the nominating committee. To my simple mind it is just allowing cumulative voting, weighted for the number of members in each unit. This is the way some corporations handle multiple nominees for open board of directors seats.

Also, and this is not directed at anyone in particular, what are you doing to help this club other than complaining?

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Old 07-03-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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Nail on the head!!!

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Originally Posted by moosetags
In the current "control system", the leadership controls who will be their successors. The system is designed that way. That's the way that they want it. How many organizations are there that have a large block of members (MALs) that have absolutely no voice? This club fears members who could vote without the contols at the regional and unit level.

Change will only come with one member/one vote within our club. Anything less is meaningless lip service.
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Moosetags,

You said it all!!

One member one vote
is the only way this organization will ever become anything in the twentyfirst century.

Members At Large are ignored--except for their excessive fees.

MAL should be the first step in joining-they should be full partners, it is the only way to build up numbers.

Change now and save the club! There are a few thousand folks out there that I bet would Join.

My 2 cents...

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Old 07-03-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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Moosetags,

You said it all!!

One member one vote
is the only way this organization will ever become anything in the twentyfirst century.

Members At Large are ignored--except for their excessive fees.

MAL should be the first step in joining-they should be full partners, it is the only way to build up numbers.

Change now and save the club! There are a few thousand folks out there that I bet would Join.

My 2 cents...

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I respectively disagree, there are units which allow voting by email and in person and already have 1M1V in practice if not in their bylaws. It is truly unfortunate that this has to be legislated, as it is common courtesy to our friends, our members. MALs have the option to join either WDCU or 4CU and pay only $1 instead of $15, they can keep their MAL badge if they wish and the general public will not know they belong to a unit.

I truly doubt that someone is waiting to join until they have a vote, I would guess that voting on issues is the farthest thing in a potential members mind when it comes to deciding whether or not to join.

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Old 07-03-2007, 06:08 PM   #7
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Hey all,
In the WI Unit we had the ability to vote on the MOHO issue by mail. If you wanted a voice you had it and did not have to attend the rally. I can see this continuing in the future for other items of importance. So to those of you that are MAL, come join us, I will say that our dues are not as cheap as the DC Unit but we have a great time with the money!
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:28 PM   #8
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". . .I truly doubt that someone is waiting to join until they have a vote, I would guess that voting on issues is the farthest thing in a potential members mind when it comes to deciding whether or not to join." (quote from above post)
It surely made a difference to us and to some other like-minded MAL's this season who moved from MAL status to a unit membership (for us, WDCU) in order to have a voice in this summer's big issue. And along with that voting privilege, comes membership in an active unit that, though distanced from us, may tempt us to travel to their rallies. Isn't that what an Airstream is all about? So, maybe with important issues at stake, some others will join in order to help this club with their vote and subsequent participation.
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:38 PM   #9
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". . .I truly doubt that someone is waiting to join until they have a vote, I would guess that voting on issues is the farthest thing in a potential members mind when it comes to deciding whether or not to join." (quote from above post)
It surely made a difference to us and to some other like-minded MAL's this season who moved from MAL status to a unit membership (for us, WDCU) in order to have a voice in this summer's big issue. And along with that voting privilege, comes membership in an active unit that, though distanced from us, may tempt us to travel to their rallies. Isn't that what an Airstream is all about? So, maybe with important issues at stake, some others will join in order to help this club with their vote and subsequent participation.
Maxandgeorgia,

I felt that skyvalley meant that if MALs had the right to vote then WBCCI would have more members, as the absence of that right stopped them from becoming WBCCI members. I, in no way, feel that MALs should not have the right to vote. It is unfortunate that there are so many members who do not have the right to vote.

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Old 07-04-2007, 03:15 PM   #10
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We purchased our first Airstream in October, 2006 and recently joined the WDCU primarily because of their 1M1V policy even though we are located in Vermont and are much closer to another popular and active unit, NEU. 1Member1Vote should become a backbone principle of WBCCI. Even though we are new members, I would appreciate answers to the following questions.

Is there a formal proposal to establish 1M1V across all units of WBCCI? If not, what would the procedure be?

Are local units actively pursuing establishment of 1M1V within their own unit? How could we help them?

Voting procedures also need to be standardized and accessible within WBCCI. Is there an organized movement to advocate web-based or mail-in voting, not as an option but as a requirement to local units?

We know that many of you are working for these and other worthy goals and we appreciate your efforts.
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Thanks for the MetroNY report on 1M1V amendment and bylaw changes. Way to go! It's great to live in a region where we have a number of active, progressive WBCCI units to choose from.

Wish we could have made it to your 75th Anniversary celebration. It was an awesome site!
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Of course you're right...just seems that everything out here in the East is so old...including me! See you in 25!
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Maxandgeorgia,

I felt that skyvalley meant that if MALs had the right to vote then WBCCI would have more members, as the absence of that right stopped them from becoming WBCCI members. I, in no way, feel that MALs should not have the right to vote. It is unfortunate that there are so many members who do not have the right to vote.

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Bill, you are correct. But let me explain further, not being able to vote discouraged MALs from rejoining.

Being a step child is not fun, when we joined the WBCCI as MAL we paid full price and thought we were full fledged members, then later we found out we could not even vote on WBCCI issues because we didn't belong to some other club!

Had it not been for the great 4CU which we were able to join, we would be gone!!! We now drive over a thousand miles to 4CU rallies. Can everyone afford that, time or money wise?

The right to vote could also turn around a number of AS owner non members to MAL, that I have talked to.

Let us change before we vaporize.

Thanks for listening,

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As I see it the possible candidates for '08 need to get their resumes out with a well written mission statement to all units by Feb 1 08. These candidates will be running as candidates from the floor, without the support of the INC (Nominating committee) This gets all the information out to the units so they can decide BEFORE Bozeman what candidate to vote for.

Then Motions to run said candidates can be made and units can vote. Every unit corresponding secretary is listed in the blue book, and you may even be able to get a list electronically from Jackson Center that can be printed on labels.

The feedback I heard was that if units had had this information in time the floor nominations would have had a chance of passing. As it was the delegates were locked into doing what the units told them to do.
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