Recently you and your unit presidents received a great deal of information about the revised constitution that will be voted on at the International this year. I have reviewed all of the documentation and stated my opinion in the attached file. Please take the time to read my opinion of the revision along with the other documents you have received. Not everyone will agree with my opinion, but I believe that it is important for the members to be fully informed before they make any decision that will affect the future of our club. Please share this information with your unit presidents if you feel that it is appropriate.
Richard Girard #7513 Region 11 – 1st Vice President, Unit – Past President, 2020 Committee Member
Richard's Opinion (PDF document_)
Judy forwarded your opinion in re the WBCCI Constitution replacement. Thank you for raising some very valid points that need full accommodation.
I went through the process for our Unit a while back and that analysis is online
One thing I think needs to be addressed is that the Constitution is often the association's contract with the state. I should be minimal and just sufficient to meet the obligations of state law. Changing it often has issues regarding the state's incorporation of the association.
The bylaws are for the members and by the members and changes to it need to meet quorum and voting requirements.
Policies are the realm of the Trustees.
Judy also sent one of the Airforums diatribes. I have difficulty trying to remain civil when I see that form of misunderstanding of governance. An association is not a government. Although both practice governance, the scope and mission are completely different things.
The effort at changing the governance is completely missing its rationale: the membership decline. I really know of very very few people that join an organization like WBCCI in order to engage in political machinations, yet that is the goal (i.e. the 'one man one vote' assertions)
My sister and I have a good deal of experience in associations and volunteer management and leadership. We know what it takes and we have used our local Unit to demonstrate it.
But, just about every encounter we have had with WBCCI governance has been negative. We know that you can lead a horse to water but there is no way you can get him to even taste it if he has no inclination to do so. The WBCCI doesn't seem to even realize that plain ol' water is sufficient to quell its thirst.
On our end, I've just about given up on trying to even discuss things like this. My sister and I have been on several committees and been lambasted for suggesting they follow established rules or have had our advice shoved aside. While it is tempting to get into the 'I told you so', such an approach serves no one so we just leave it alone.
That is why your opinion is heartening. It is good to see someone in WBCCI is thinking. I know that in our Unit, the changes you described would just about do in our Unit as a WBCCI entity. They can't see any reason for the insanities that keep showing up and it is tough to convince them to maintain membership as it is.
Bryan Leipper, WBCCI 772
Sierra Nevada Airstreams Org
tel/fax 775 972 5011, POB 60572 Reno NV 89506
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