Following our general meeting in August, a call for candidates to run for the open seats on Second Pride's Board for 2016-2017 was announced. At that board meeting I volunteered to serve to run the election as a past elections chair. The call was posted for 10 days in August after which the election would take place.
One candidate volunteered for Events Director. That candidate is Devon Zepp and we thank him for stepping forward to fill this very important position. We did not get contesting candidates for that position nor any candidates for the other open positions leaving the posts of Treasurer, IT Director, Marketing Director and Community Relations Director vacant. Because it is critical we have a Treasurer, the current treasurer Marge Beaumont has kindly volunteered to continue in this role until another Treasurer with accounting experience can be found to take her place and complete this term.
In view of this, I recommended to the Chair that Devon Zepp Be recognized as Events Director, that Marge Beaumont be recognized as continuing Treasurer, and that they join the rest of the board who are serving the remainder of their two year terms. additionally, I recommended that a general meeting be called at which the new board be recognized and installed, and that as soon as practical, that a second meeting be announced in which the board call for candidates for the remaining open board positions.
Karl Kalchek, past board member"
Let me be completely clear. I welcome the candidacy of Devon Zepp and trust and hope that he will make a good addition to the board of directors. I also love, trust and adore Marge "The Tiger" Beaumont and welcome her back to the board again and am certain she will fulfill her duties flawlessly, as always. Karl Kalchek is an old friend whose judgement I trust.
My confusion centers around the question whether the suggested moves are meant to completely supplant the elections for 2016?
Although I recognize that Second Pride is far from the most important, powerful or influential organisation in the world, maybe not even in SecondLife... it still has an existing set of bylaws. Bylaws are in place to regulate how, when and by whom things are done in an organisation with a membership that elects a board to administer the organisation so that all members don't have to be called to meetings all the time to decide small or larger matters. It's about transparency.
Even if I have always thought that Second Pride's bylaws seem to intricate and complicated and "weighty" for such a fairly innocuous organisation, in my mind they should first be amended radically before disregarding them completely.
I would gladly entertain the suggestion of a set of new bylaws allowing the board to accept candidates to the board as they come along, especially if there is only one candidate for the post, and also without such strict election rules. Hell, to be quite honest, I would welcome all changes just to see Second Pride survive in any way, shape or form.
The only thing I ask is that changes are made in an orderly fashion and with the acceptance of the membership. Communicate with the membership!
Maybe some clarity and explanation will come at the promised upcoming Annual Meeting, which is to be announced shortly according to the notice.