On Sept 12, 2022 several of us sat through a lengthy member/board exchange session. I expected a larger crowd, it wasn't bad. There's any number of issues that triggered the turnout. Clearly softball was well represented as were the dog club members looking for indoor space. Added to the crowd were a number of us who have long argued for a more transparent, open process. The meeting started with an explanation of the proxy process. The good news is they are allowing us to print out our own proxies online (obviously it saves on their printing cost). The bad news is, the really bad news is that we still can't get a proxy signed on RCSC property. That makes absolutely no sense, unless of course is the goal is minimize collecting proxies. For those who don't know, proxies, signed signatures collected by RCSC members, can be counted to establish a quorum at the yearly annual membership meetings. In 2009, the RCSC had a requirement of 100 members be in attendance for a membership meeting to be held (one every 3 months). After some wrangling, it went from 100, to 3500 down to 1250. The net of the change resulted in the RCSC not holding a membership meeting for 12 years. In 2021, between butts in chairs (more than 700) and proxy votes (more than 700) the RCSC had to conduct a meeting. The crowd was vocal and they were prepared. Timely motions were filed and introduced at the meeting. No vote was allowed by the RCSC on the motions even though the Articles of Incorporation stated clearly we had the right to vote on them. The motions were differed to an ad hoc committee to rewrite the bylaws. When you watch the meeting from the 12th you will see the confusion coming from that rewrite. Will the bylaws we use be the old ones or the new ones? It appears as if the President will vote against new ones being implemented, but refused to guarantee the new ones wouldn't come into play. I'm not sure it matters, because once again we were told, no matter what we do, it won't change the RCSC's actions. We were told point blank, even with a quorum, even with a standing vote count for any motions submitted at the annual membership meeting, nothing will come of them. They will be kicked back to the board for "study." Then they went on to tell us proxies used in the process to reach a quorum die at the end of the meeting. They also implied the next course of action, should the board not act on motions voted on by the members, would be either at the next annual membership meeting (a year later) or by the membership collecting signatures from 10% of the members( roughly 3300). To be clear, those petitions under the current bylaws cannot be signed on RCSC property. All in all, it was more of the same, different day. So why my optimism? Why my question mark at the end of the header? This meeting was posted about 12 hours ago and sent to the membership on their email list. As of 10 am Tuesday morning, there has been 430 plus views. They never used to get that in months and months on their web site. Members are paying attention and come this election, these meetings and the cavalier attitude management and some of the board members are taking will become the lynch pin for change. After watching you will see exactly what i mean.