Goose & JPH-- I think you got it all (that I put in anyway) I totally agree the elders should have the say and then the younger guys. That in fact is how we do it... As I said I am the youngest on the board right now and I usually keep very quiet except when giving reports or reporting for the secretary treasurer when he misses a meeting (I'm kinda his guy Friday since he's over 60 and I'm still in my 30's...just more mobile I guess) The only reason the 2 remaining elders were not on the board until recently was that they did not want the position or the headache. That is in fact how I got elected before them , they turned down the nomination. The last elections they were not given that option per se and niether were the kids....every body eligible was nominated and voting called for before they had a chance to think. (it kinda reminded me of an old boss of mine asking all of us daylaborer types if we knew how to run a backhoe..."yessir says I" "take this mexican backhoe and clean out all these drainage ditches" he said as he handed me the shovel. Our new mebers got nominated and elected in much the same manner...volunteering for something that turned into something else[:D])
Just FYI to Gooses question about getting it all though---The way our board works is it decides on options for policy for the club and then the club as a whole votes on what they want to do. In certain circumstances the president, treasurer and the VP will make an executive decision if circumstances demand it like there is not enough time to call a board meeting ect. Also the 12 man board will do the same if it is just something like dues going up due to a lease hike. (no voting really needed you just have to decide how much you have to pay and divide it equally amongst the families)
I agree with JPH that eventually we will have to change the bylaws in order to survive....probably within the next ten years just due to natural attrition.
The biggest problem is that it (this issue) keeps coming back up even though its been defined in both general club meetings and in board meetings and precedents set. Stubbornness and resentment combined with not a little jealousy seems to be the root of this. It's kinda like the old saying about the grass being greener....somebody always seems to think they can do it better and when stymied or proven wrong they tend to stir the pot to cause whatever problems they can. Whisper campaigns, blocking essential business votes with pork barrel stuff, ect..
Thank you very much for your input on this and I would welcome anybody else to throw in 2 cents.
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