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Re: Proxy Voting

Thanks for your non personal and obviously well thought out post.

At 06:48 PM 9/4/99 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 9/4/1999 2:44:23 PM Central Daylight Time, 
>sunkat@excite.com writes:
><< Can anyone explain why we can't vote by proxy? >>
>Hi All,
>I think I have the answer==No one can explain it, because the issue has only 
>recently come up.
>The tradition has been that every important decision that is made in the AHS 
>is controlled by the Board. The members were simply a rubber stamp.This 
>pertains particularly to the election of the officers.
>Actually, up to this point, no one has really cared much about what the
>has done.Reason=it did not affect the members.
>However, with the advent of outrageous, indeed, reckless spending; 
>concentrating power in a few;  the IAC and Preferred Growers Program; the 
>insouciance of the president; the creation of a members-only Robin with a 
>tyrannical governing body---members HAVE, en masse,  become interested and 
>want to have a voice in the decisions that are being made.
>I could be wrong, but I forsee proxy voting will be permitted in the near 
>future.I cannot imagine that the Board would be opposed to such.
>I should not be misunderstood to suggest that proxy voting should be allowed 
>to interfere with orderly procedures.(Such as requiring that all members not 
>in attendance be advised of a particular motion on the floor before a vote
>secured. E.G. , the somewhat archaic motion to accept the minutes of a Board 
>Meeting without their being read.)
>I do think the local and regional societies could make things easier, if 
>before a convention, the members, who are not attending an impending 
>convention, give their proxies to an attending member.
>Also, the AHS should, well in advance of its annual meeting , inform all 
>members of matters to be voted on.
>>From what I have seen and heard, I gather that there is almost a unaimous 
>view that proxy voting should generally be permitted. I'd like to hear any 
>opposing view or views.
>Clyde Crockett 
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