"First, "The IBT" is actually getting a bum rap here. The IBT is the International Board of Trustees, consisting of the International Officers (who together constitute the International Executive Committee) and all of the Region presidents.
The suspension of then Region 1 President Bob Thompson (and probable expulsion of Metro NY Unit President Leo Garvey in the near future) are strictly the work of the International Executive Committee. The Ethics and Grievance Committee makes its recommendation to the Executive Committee which is then free to do whatever it wants in the matter."
Good points, and I certainly know that the whole IBT is not in agreement with the IEC. After all, Bob (whom I have never met, incidentally) is a member. I only hold the IBT culpable to the extent that they apparently have not taken steps to curb the IEC any number of times, gaining the perception of a "rubber stamp" body politic.
I, unfortunately, have never attended an IBT meeting. Of course, with my not being an officer, I have no club financial support to get there. What about the IEC, who buys their fuel? I know my $55 would only go half way toward filling my diesel puller, how far does it go toward filling one of their diesel pushers?
I think a good first step toward restoring faith in the international officers would be a complete financial audit, published on their website, of WBCCI international. While the auditors are at work, stop suspending the people who have the interest of the club at heart, whether you agree with them or not.
Now I gotta go fuel up. At least I got the money for half a tank.