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Old 04-21-2010, 08:48 AM   #71
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I have deep, deep respect for Masonry, and some of the most wonderfully evolved, spiritually mastered and centered folks I have met are of that Brotherhood. To see it aped in such a hollow fashioned by the current IBT leadership, mocks both the ideals of the WBCCI and Freemasonry. If I think about it too much, I feel the need to wash.

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Wow, that really sums up what isn't present with WBCCI leadership. "Wonderfully evolved, spiritually mastered and centered folks" are very hard to find in any organization, and these ideals/expectations must be coming firmly and clearly from the top down, IMO. A model to respect and follow.

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Old 04-21-2010, 04:50 PM   #72
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Wish the numbered Caravan Amendment had passed. Our Caravan to Gilette falls just short on number of nights, but I work...so it can't be longer. I'm sure our Delegate will cast 322 votes FOR the motion if it comes up in the Delegate's Meeting this year.
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:30 AM   #73
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The amendment doesn't have to go through IBT. There is another track.

ARTICLE XVI
AMENDMENTS

Sec. 1 Proposed amendments to this Constitution may be submitted to Headquarters in writing by any chartered
Unit of the club. Any such amendment(s) shall bear a certification by the Unit President that it has been
approved by a majority vote conducted in accordance with the Unit's Constitution and Bylaws. The
proposed amendment(s) shall also bear a certification by the President of the Region of which the
originating Unit is a part, that the amendment has likewise been approved by a majority of the Units
within that Region. Upon receipt of the proposed amendment(s) bearing the required certifications,
Headquarters shall distribute copies to the Presidents of all other chartered units for ratification or
rejection. When two-thirds of the club's chartered Units have ratified the proposed amendment(s) by
majority votes according to their Constitution and Bylaws and the Unit Presidents have so certified to
Headquarters, such amendment(s) shall be deemed to be adopted. If two-thirds of the Club's Units do not
ratify the proposed amendment(s) within one year following the distribution to the Unit Presidents, the
proposed amendment(s) shall be deemed to have been rejected and to be of no further effect. (6/30/93)
Matt,

You have stumbled on to something here. This is a great way to get changes through the EC7 except for one thing. It won't ever leave HQ once the BOYZ get a hold of it!

They only follow the rules when it's to their advantage.
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Old 04-27-2010, 01:07 AM   #74
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No-- as I mentioned, I am IOOF, The Independent Order of Oddfellows, and have been honored by my lodge by being elected Noble Grand, when I was an Indiana resident. I am currently a regular member of Central Lodge No. 1 of Washington DC jurisdiction, but since I full time, I visit lots of lodges while on the road. I am deeply moved by the tenets of Lodge, but am made saddened when Brotherhood is replaced by venal motives of power and self perpetuation. Thus it is I am sad a lot these days...
I didn't know there were any Oddfellows left. How interesting, my grandfather joined IOOF in 1899 and remained a member of Corsicana lodge 63 until his death in 1962. Here's a photo of him in his outfit in 1919 and his membership card.
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Very cool He's in full Patriarch Militant Uniform- the one pre-dating the 1918 (and still current) version. Thanks for this. I haven't found one other IOOF Airstreamer besides myself yet. Thanks for letting this off topic pic stand, moderators. I enjoyed it. Alex Kensington
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Matt,
You have stumbled on to something here. This is a great way to get changes through the EC7 except for one thing. It won't ever leave HQ once the BOYZ get a hold of it!

They only follow the rules when it's to their advantage.
The bylaw clearly says the change has to be submitted to Headquarters where we all know it will be sequestered. That systems of censorship was set up years ago and served the Leadership well by allow them to prejudge everything. The world has past them by and the membership should begin using the tools available to them to enact the changes necessary to move the Club in the direction disired by the membership rather than the Leadership.

There is nothing to keep anyone submitting a motion to Headquarters from e mailing or mailing that motion directly to the Regional and Unit Presidents. This would brake the strangle hold that the Leadership uses to treat us like mushrooms, and I trust you recognize that method of horticulture.
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I haven't heard any complaints about the staff at HQ failing to follow procedure. Nothing requires EC involvement, review, or approval.

I'm happy to provide my amendment to anyone. Submit it through your unit. As long as each unit passes the same language, it can be approved WITHOUT the EC.
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The bylaw clearly says the change has to be submitted to Headquarters where we all know it will be sequestered.
A poorly written statement. I did not mean to infer that the staff of HQ themselves would make a decision but rather whom ever they submit it to in Leadership would thus effectively the last light it would see was at HQ.
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Got your intent. I think we have alternate methods, after Region 3 acts on it. We can contact a large number of units / regions by unofficial channels.

However, Region 3 could vote against. No harm in other Regions (1 or 2 perhaps) picking it up and trying in parallel. DON'T Wait.
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:20 PM   #80
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"No harm in other Regions (1 or 2 perhaps) picking it up and trying in parallel. DON'T Wait."
...better still ALL regions could act upon it! Just how many WBCCI unit presidents do we have on Air Forums currently? The more units participating and the more regions the better our chances are of initiating changes. I continue to be underwhelmed by my Region 4 efforts and visaibility and the lack of activity and web presence...
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I have forwarded this on to our Region 5 VP and soon to be President, and am hoping we will be discussing it at the rally/business meeting in May. If they are on the Forums, I feel sure it is not openly, but have felt for months that they are very aware of what is stated here.

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Passed

I just returned from our May rally and I am pleased to say that the Texas Highland Lakes Unit passed the motion (barely) to change the way the nominating committee is chosen. The vote on the floor was a tie. I, as maker of the motion and President, was the tie breaker and the motion will go forward in Region 9.

Past IP, Jim Haddaway, spoke against the motion. However, we did make it through.
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I just returned from our May rally and I am pleased to say that the Texas Highland Lakes Unit passed the motion (barely) to change the way the nominating committee is chosen. The vote on the floor was a tie. I, as maker of the motion and President, was the tie breaker and the motion will go forward in Region 9.

Past IP, Jim Haddaway, spoke against the motion. However, we did make it through.
Wow! Congratulations. You can remind those that voted with you that it just may be our last chance to save our club. And, those that didn't to keep debating the issue but most of all keep an open mind. We are all still friends and camping buddies.
It is because of convictions and perseverance of people like you that we can do it. Change comes with difficulty.
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