02-12-20 The Secret Meetings At the last board meeting. A question was asked if the board was having secret meetings. President Dan did an awful lot of dancing around the subject, stating there are no meetings, except, when a bunch of the directors gather during the meet the board member “meeting”. What he did not mention is the emails, IM’s and text messages the directors send back and forth to each other to discuss whatever subject is at hand. Do the members get to see the content of the messages? NO! So, we still have meetings going on, via email where all of the discussion occurs and decisions are made, and once again, none of it shared with the members. Now it makes much more sense when the president asks for discussion, and the board is silent. The discussion and straw-pole have already occurred with the outcome predetermined. And the GM guides the course of these conversations, making sure the outcome is the one she desires. No surprises. No real board discussion for the members to hear, its all done behind closed doors, still. Is it time for the board to be “Directors” and direct the work of the management team, not the other way around? As a matter of fact, the board should be assembling an ad-hoc committee to find the next GM. One who does understand open meetings, can be flexible in meeting member needs, and understands the difference between a visitor and a guest. One who will view the corporate documents and see the RCSC was put together for the benefit of the members, not as a stand-alone corporation. Now, you have the unabashed truth as to “meetings” which aren’t meetings.