Originally Posted by Parks
The SDGA Board along with some of the Charter Review Committee members had previously discussed proposing an amendment to the SDGA Charter that would require giving a written description and specifics of the charter change 30 days in advance of a meeting for it to be voted on, as well as another proposal that would require some kind of member quorum at any open meeting where a charter change was to be voted upon.
The idea was to post these proposals on this forum or otherwise make them available 30 days before the election meeting in mid-January (which is historically the most attended meeting) in order to make a good-faith effort to show that these are useful and deserved changes that would follow their own rules to be passed.
I haven't seen any such posting, so this is just a post to both see what is going on with these proposals and to inform the membership of these future proposals.
I think you nailed what would simply be a "new business" discussion on the agenda for the next meeting (allthough it is not listed as a responsibility of the president I think Jeff has done this). It would be far better and the best act of good faith to let the membership be a part of crafting a motion to do future business in a way that is more open and inclusive. I have been in a quandry about how to approach this issue for weeks now and can see no other way to do it that doesn't look manipulative and back door to some folks. The vote will be the vote the way the current Charter reads one way or the other.
I hope to get some feedback from the Board about how they want the Charter Review to proceed -or not... I always envsioned a complete review and final report/recommendations on our findings after going over the entire document. This particular issue was important and deserves the extra look but I cannot see us nickle and diming our way through a review if we move on with the initiative.
I am in line with Jub's "cart before the horse" thinking. We have plenty we can do to build unity, formalize how we do business and create some structure around roles and responsibilities as the Charter Review progresses.