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Re: Re: AIS: membership trends - more

In a message dated 1/27/05 10:03:31 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
irismoose@daylily.net writes:

<< Anner, what is your basis for this statement?  >>

Mr. Burleson, speaking to this group on 1/23/05, here quoted in part.

<<Secrecy, or the perception of it, is a huge common failure of leaderships 
elected to serve and perhaps one of the most abused. In voluntary organizations 
respect for our leaders does not emanate from the title we confer. It 
emanates from how well our will is followed in producing beneficial results that meet 
individual needs.
       It is not uncommon in even small clubs to hold "executive meetings" 
from which the general membership is excluded. Or, see various committee 
meetings called in the same way. [....]
       Here again, it is unwise to use the AIS as a model. Those in power 
appoint (rather than have the membership elect) a nominating committee. The size 
of the committee so appointed is kept artificially small. It isn't capable of 
selecting "candidates" that represent the broad interests the organization 
purports to service. If memory serves, it also requires those so appointed to be 
"in tune" or "of a like mind" with continuing what's been done in the past 
when filling expiring terms. Nor is it possible for all regions to be represented 
in the selection or election of the "candidates." Reading between the lines, 
positions of influence must be filled by those having special interests 
consistent with the special interests of those in power. Ultimately, one region 
and/or special interest group becomes over represented, gains power and directs 
efforts in directions that satisfy that regions and/or groups interests. Secret 
meetings are pretty common. The membership is rarely, if ever informed of 
pending issues until after the fact. AIS membership is kept secret. If source and 
application of funds statements are produced they too are kept secret and the 
financial statements (balance sheets) that are published are minimal: done is 
such broad detail they might as well be kept secret.>>

And so to bed.


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