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Beating a dead horse is stupid. Disc Golf tour is a new group that just hasn't quite started. Coming soon to a park near you.
You could put it that way. However, I am calling off the petition drive. I have just realized that it is pointless. The Board can now easily block any member-driven initiative. This is mainly because it takes months to complete a petition drive, but the Board can amend the Bylaws in five days.
Regardless of who wins the at-large Board positions this summer, next year's Board will still be controlled by the holdovers plus their appointees. Even if a petition drive led to the defeat of the "appointment" amendment, the Board could reinstate the amendment in five days. They could even amend the Bylaws to remove the right to petition.I thank those who have volunteered to circulate petitions. I can't ask anybody to expend that kind of effort when the result could be so easily circumvented.
UH OH. I think the PDGA just hand delivered us our excuse to stop playing with the PDGA. Everybody knows the PDGA isn't doing it for us. By it I mean giving us back what we put in to support the PDGA.
Five days? I can get 100+ PDGA member signatures in 5 days. I'm sorry I'm late to this conversation. I didn't know the PDGA was going to blatantly ignore their members' rights.
I know you could, and with other volunteers I know that we could easily get the 2000 signatures to put the "appointment" amendment to a vote. The problem is that it would not do any good. We'd have done all that work for nothing. Even if the membership voted to restore the old Bylaws, the Board could easily nullify the initiative.
And they surely would. They have already shown that 1) they are determined to appoint Board members, and 2) they are determined that the membership not have any say in the matter.
So why should I be a PDGA member , if I can not be Heard ?
Members voted in the current bylaws which provides the Board with the authority to add appointed members. Members vote for the seven elected Board members. Future elected Board members will presumably be responsible for appointing Board members in line with the elected Board members who reflect the wishes of members. And appointed members can be replaced as needed.
So where are the members not being heard in terms of voting for a significant majority of Board members answerable to the members? They have been hiring staff along with approving budgets for consultants for years. Now there are two outside appointments who aren't actually responsible for doing any specific tasks for the org. The downside is? The members are now excluded in a new way how?
The downsides are:
1) Appointed members are not accountable to the membership. But they vote on issues that bind all members.
2) Appointed members (of the sort Brian described) may know nothing about the concerns of typical members. But they vote on issues that bind all members.
3) There was no need to appoint such people to the Board. By your own admission, the Board has hired such people, successfully, for years. So let them be hired, but keep them off the Board.
Appointed members are still accountable because they still need to be appointed by Board members accountable to members. Appointed members will only have influence but no majority power on the Board. Their influence will be stronger as Board members versus hired hands to help the org in areas where that expertise among members inside the sport is lacking.
Ideally, appointed Board members are expected to be experts in bigger, more developed sports outside disc golf to help guide the Board in directions they haven't yet seen or don't have the experience to address. This is a way to reduce inbreeding where a Board can get trapped in only dealing with what they know within the sport and don't have the initiative to get beyond those boundaries in directions healthy for the advancement of the sport.
Your point of view fears the future. This point of view projects a future of expanding possibilities.