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Very good questions, and certainly appropriate. My resignation in 2008 is the "elephant in my living room". I need to address that issue openly and fully. I will do this within the next few days, first on the PDGA Discussion Board. Probably I will post those comments here as well.
So fear of the future is automatically wrong? History is full of examples of people who should have feared the future, and suffered because they were talked out of it by folks who said, like you are saying, "Let us have the power over you. We won't abuse it. And just think of all those wonderful expanding possibilities".
By the same token, if the PDGA administration hires and pays you, it behooves you not to criticize its actions. History is also full of examples of people who just went along with the program because they had so much at stake.
You're on the inside, Chuck. You don't want to rock the boat. It's natural that you would tell us about the wonderful expanding possibilities and deride us for fearing the future.
I addressed your question on the PDGA website, (see the "Ask Board candidate Peter Shive" thread). Here is what I said:
I resigned from the Board in 2008, a year before my term was up. The Board appointed my replacement.
I had absurdly high ethical standards. I believed that Board members should not be sponsored, made a campaign promise to resign my Innova sponsorship, and did so. Later I saw how silly that was, and wanted to resume it. Since that would mean reneging on the campaign promise, I felt that the proper course was to explain my position to the membership and poll them for agreement. The Board refused to allow me to do this. I had to choose between hypocrisy and resignation. I chose resignation.
I was also naive. I gave about six months notice, giving the Board plenty of time to allow the membership to vote for my replacement during the normal election period. I was shocked when I realized that they would rather appoint Board members, and fought as hard as I could to prevent it. I lost.
I am no longer so high-minded. The membership elected Board members with multiple sponsorships and other potential conflicts of interest, and few members protested when they voted to keep their COI information under wraps. I won't resign my sponsorship to run, or to serve, but I do believe that full disclosure is important, and I will fully disclose my potential COI's.
I am also no longer so naive.
Hate to say it, but didn't I warn you about the pdga some time ago.
I stayed in other sports for 15 yrs. When I had reason to put in a course and play again I thought maybe they had a real tour now. When I took a good look I saw the same old same old. Those dogs don't change. Glad I live far away from the influence of the pdga.