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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?
Your only recourse is to resign your membership.
I never joined because it seemed pointless. I was never going to play as a pro or play enough Am tourneys to amass any points. So it was a waste of money to me. Now if you want to play as an AM in most tourneys there is a penalty fee for all non PDGA members so I won't be playing in any tournaments.
When ever a controlling interest takes over any enterprise and limits the membership on how the group is run it usually means that there is some major changes that some want to make and need to stack the controlling interests in their favor.
It seems that the PDGA is going to make some changes that a lot of members are not going to like....