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Old 01-03-2011, 09:47 PM   #71
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Forrest,


After reading your letter, and knowing you to be a very upstanding and thoughtful individual, I can only feel grief for the future of WBCCI and the history that it holds and represents. Being one who has experienced firsthand the willful desires of the “Leadership” to impose its own will, even if it runs counter to the needs and desires of the membership in general, I see this to be a continuation of politics as usual for WBCCI, rather than a progressive new direction for the club.

But truthfully, to me, Mr. Shafer's actions render useless the entire constitution and bylaws of the club if one person can decide something that violates the process built by those documents. It does appear that Mr. Shafer is egregiously overstepping the bounds of his authority for the purposes of fulfilling his own desires, rather the desires of the club. One can think that they are operating in the best interest of the club when they clearly are not. We have seen this pattern of behavior repeated over and over again in other areas of the club (the current motorhome issue for example).

This solitary action taken by Mr. Shafer should immediately and summarily be correct by the higher leadership of WBCCI as it clearly endangers the club's foundations. In my opinion (and I am not a parliamentarian in any stretch of the imagination) the leadership, by perusing this avenue is going in a direction that could force the membership of the club to declare No Confidence in the club leadership, or at least specifically Mr. Shafer's brand of leadership, or even potentially push the club towards a dissolution movement of the entire leadership in order to pursue an International Board of Trustees which truly represents the will of the members of the club, rather than individual whims.

It is my opinion that the club suffers from the myopic and oft self centered vision of a very select few who profess to be operating for what they view is in the best interest of the club. However, their impression may in fact be dilusional as evidenced by the decline in membership numbers and attendance at the International Rally for example. It is clear that the club continues to suffer the needs of the few. There are fine examples where the collective body of people lost trust in the leadership and took matters in their own hands – that example seems to have largely worked well.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #72
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Forrest, After reading your letter...
Thank you all for your compliments. However, I really need to be very clear on this. The letter is from the Executive Board of the Denver Colorado Unit, the wording reviewed and the action approved unanimously.

Hopefully, it will not be as easy to dismiss a board as it is one member.

The letter will be sent to all Units and Region Presidents via Email and USPS.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:57 PM   #73
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Hopefully, it will not be as easy to dismiss a board as it is one member.
I don't know why not. It all reminds me of the old days of Lily Tomlin the phone operator on Saturday Night Live.

"Sir, we're the phone company. We don't care. We don't have to."
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I encourage every unit president to discuss with their members(via e-mail where possible, and for the sake of expediency) their their support for Forest's amendment and rejection of Don Shafer's actions. The summary of these reactions should be e-mailed directly to Norm Beu, so he can react to them immediately and take corrective action before the January IBT meeting. His and the IBT's willingness to address this problem quickly and creatively, will be very revealing as to the potent future of the club.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:45 AM   #75
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Forrest,

Thanks for posting the letter for us, and for your strength.

Failure of the WBCCI leadership to immediately correct Mr. Shafer, and allow this Amendment to go forward, can and will only be interpreted as them unequivocally sanctioning his behavior.

Everyone who can get to the Mid-Winter meeting needs to go.


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I encourage every unit president to discuss with their members(via e-mail where possible, and for the sake of expediency) their support for Forrest's amendment and rejection of Don Shafer's actions. The summary of these reactions should be e-mailed directly to Norm Beu, so he can react to them immediately and take corrective action before the January IBT meeting. His and the IBT's willingness to address this problem quickly and creatively, will be very revealing as to the potential future of the club.
The Chairman of each Committee shall be appointed by the President. (Art III, Sec. 3)

All Chairmen shall file their report to HQ no later than Dec. 1st. (Art III, Sec. 7)

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee has the DUTY to receive and review proposals for amendments to the International Constitution and the DUTY to provide a written report to HQ containing recommendations with regard to such proposal. (Policy E)

The Constitution and Bylaws Committee is free to recommend anything it wants, but it has a clear duty to recommend SOMETHING!

If the Constitution and Bylaws Committee chooses to NOT make a recommendation, the Int. President should immediately demand the resignation of the Chairman and any other Committee member who refuse to make a recommendation.

Moreover, any financial disbursements sought by Mr. Shafer as Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee should be denied as a budget item and should not be paid. (Art XVI, Policy 1[j])
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:27 PM   #77
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To all,

WBCCI HQ provided Email addresses for every Unit President. The letter, Betraying Good-faith Actions, has been sent to them.

We have received numerous requests from them to produce the motion that is being held back by the Int’l C&BC Chairman. Our fear is that Units that prematurely vote on that motion create procedural problems that could invalidate its passage. In fact, the Chairman of the C&BC argues that the Region 11 vote was improper because he believes the Utah Unit voted on it prior to the Denver Colorado Unit. We don’t believe that happened and even if it did then the Utah vote can be rejected without having any effect on the overall results. However, we do not want to create additional problems.

We do understand their curiosity. However, the purpose of our letter wasn’t to promote the motion, but to get the C&BC to issue its letter of recommendation so that Units can get the motion through official channels. We’re not the ones holding it back! We want the Units to have it!

Our Unit newsletters are open to public viewing though. The motion can be found in the Minutes on page 6 in the June 2010 publication. Here is a link to it on our website: http://www.wbcci-denco.org/Newsletters/2010/Jun10.pdf

One Unit President wrote back to us saying, “You make direct, emotionally based, negative accusations toward specific WBCCI Intl officers but don't have the integrity to sign your names. As far as I'm concerned, if you can't sign your name, your thoughts have no merit. Stand up and be accountable!”

We are, and our intent is to build the Club, not tear it down. Our letter was signed as being from theThe Officers of the Denver Colorado Unit #24.” We thought that sufficient. There was no intent to hide our identities, as they are published in the 2011 WBCCI Membership Directory, on our website, and in our newsletters. So there should be no doubt as to who we are. Never-the-less, our board is:

President Patricia Reed (#1953)
1st VP Carl Russell (#4481)
2nd VP Virgil Turner (#4306)
Treasurer Joe Bent (#4246)
Corresponding Secretary Tom Reed (#1953)
Recording Secretary Patrice McClure (#2671)
Trustee Randy Leitner (#13713)
Trustee Norman Ferguson (#4979)
Trustee Ron Herro (#1654)
Trustee Forrest McClure (#2671)
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:40 PM   #78
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One Unit President wrote back to us saying, “You make direct, emotionally based, negative accusations toward specific WBCCI Intl officers but don't have the integrity to sign your names. As far as I'm concerned, if you can't sign your name, your thoughts have no merit. Stand up and be accountable!”
This seems to be a clear case of projection. Your narrative is not at all "emotionally based" but purely factual. Nor do you make "accusations", just clearly state objectively demonstrable facts. And, as you said, your names are on record in the WBCCI directory.

The WBCCI constitution says what it says, and the chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee said what he said. This is all a matter of written record.

Somehow the International officers are going to have to learn to live within their powers defined by the constitution--hopefully while there is something left of the WBCCI to save.
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:11 AM   #79
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If this Motion should somehow go awry during the machinations of the next couple of weeks, I would think the IBT could make, second and pass a new motion that it be allowed to proceed in spite of any unintentional procedural errors.


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Old 01-13-2011, 11:11 AM   #80
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Region 11 President's motion

Region 11 President Dan Neumarkel has put a motion on the Mid-Winter IBT agenda that we hope will at least get the board in a debate over this issue. Here is the draft of his motion (it is also available on the WBCCI website in the IBT program PDF):

I move that our Board, the International Board of Trustees, instruct and
require its Constitution & Bylaws Committee to produce a written report to
Headquarters containing the recommendations of the Standing Committee with regard to the Region 11 proposal that moves to STRIKE from the WBCCI
Constitution, Sec. 4 of ARTICLE IX, BOARD OF TRUSTEES and in its place
INSERT, under ARTICLE XII, DELEGATES MEETINGS, the words, “The Delegates shall have full authority to construe and interpret the Club’s Constitution and annually review and/or repeal any Club Bylaw and/or Policy.”

Rationale:

The purpose of this motion is not to debate the merits of the Region 11
Proposal. Instead, the question is whether the Chairman of the Constitution
and Bylaws Committee has acted beyond the scope of his authority to stop the Proposal from being read, debated and voted on by all the other Units in the WBCCI.

The Proposal in question has been certified by all the Units in Region 11
and passed unanimously. The certification process followed the instructions
provided by WBCCI General Manager, Cindy Reed, and she in turn sent the
Certified Proposal to the Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Don Shafer, so that his Committee could study and produce a report
containing their recommendations. Unfortunately, Chairman Shafer has
notified Region 11 in writing that the Proposal will not be reviewed by his
committee, and that he will not, “allow it to go forward.”

His explanation was that, in his opinion, Region 11 failed to follow
procedure as outlined by Article XVI, Section 3 of the Constitution. This is
also the opinion of Dona Garner, International Parliamentarian. However,
their interpretation requires reading Section 3 prior to Section 1, with the
idea that Section 1 must be in accord with Section 3. This is not how
Article XVI is written. The correct sequence of reading begins with Section
1 and ends with Section 3. If that is not obvious enough in its own right,
Section 3 itself states that, “proposed amendment(s) [are to be] distributed
in accordance with Sections 1 and 2,” of the article.

Chairman Shafer’s viewpoint requires that Amendment Proposals be sent to his committee for review prior to the certification process so that it might be
modified. One very distinct problem with doing it that way is that the
Committee’s review and recommendations would not be germane to an amended Proposal that is subsequently certified. It is conceivable that the Maker of the Proposal could amend it in a way that would be satisfactory to the Committee, only to have it go to all the other Units with a letter from the
Committee that condemns it.

The only way in which the Committee’s recommendations can be germane to a final Proposal is for the Committee to review the Certified Proposal.
Indeed, this is how it has always been done in the past, and is fully in
accord with how Article XVI, Sections 1 through 3 read.

This Board has authority over the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and its
Chairman. It is appropriate for us to require a timely report from them
since such a report is required by our Constitution and Bylaws. WBCCI CONSTITUTION, ARTICLE IX, BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Sec. 3 The Board of Trustees shall define the policies of, and shall
have full administrative authority in all matters pertaining to the
International Club and shall exercise general control and supervision of all
officers and committees.

Sec. 4 The Board of Trustees shall have full authority to construe
and interpret the Club's Constitution and Bylaws and Policy and may delegate this authority to its Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

These two Sections from the Constitution indicate that Mr. Shaver and his
committee are subordinate to the Board. The Board “may” delegate its
authority, but there is no language that it “must.”

The Committee’s duties are proscribed by WBCCI BYLAWS, ARTICLE III, COMMITTEES, POLICY - GENERAL DUTIES

E. Constitution and Bylaws To... receive and review proposals for
amendments to the International Constitution and to provide a written report
to Headquarters containing the recommendations of the Standing Committee
with regard to such proposed amendments. (1/19/96)

Note that the Duties correspond with Article XVI and that neither provides
any permission for the Chairman or the Committee to refuse such a review
once it has been received from Headquarters. The Chair does not have the
prerogative of denying or preventing Units from obtaining, discussing,
debating and voting on the Region 11 Proposal. The Duty as described is not
discretionary. It is required.
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Very good, Forrest. Thanks for posting.

The arrogance within which such twisted logic exists is near-incredible, if it weren't so achingly familiar a refrain---unaccountable power run completely amok.



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I have cut back on my reading of posts about the WBCCI as it seems more than sad to see a once good organization die a slow death. The way the organization is run resembles any other dictatorship where those in power interpret and create rules to maintain their power. Unlike the Soviet Union and other dictatorships, you don't have to live within the WBCCI borders.

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For those following this thread, it has now gone to a different thread.
See: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...age-73191.html
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