Drew Mrenna (dmrenna@USA.PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 6 Feb 1996 22:46:28 -0500
Just returned from our District Meeting. I am a bit upset. I hope this
does not open a hornets nest. The topic of nominating members-at-large for
vote at out districts annual business meeting was brought up. As COR I
made a request that a brief description of each nominee be compiled and
distributed before the actual meeting. I was first told no. Other CORs at
the meeting protested. They believe I have a valid point. Why should we
vote for people we do not know? We were then told by our DE that this
procedure is written into the BSA by-laws. We were also told that this was
a all or nothing vote. Is this really true? If there was one person on the
list that I disagreed as a candidate for member-at-large, I would have to
turn down the whole list. I told them that I would vote NO if I did not
get the requested information. Since very few CORs attend this meeting, my
vote really counts. The few other CORs are on the same side. A resolution
was made to attempt to compile this information and distribute it to the
CORs before the meeting is held. It is till an all or nothing vote.
Am I off the wall here? The COR training I took just mentioned that I am a
voting District & Council member. Yes, my gripe also go to the council.
They do the same thing. In a real corporation (at least the ones I got to
vote in when I own stock) this is not done this way. Information is mailed
prior to the annual meeting, inviting your attendance, with a proxy card if
you cannot attend.
Can anybody provide more information? It might help if I knew better what
the functions of the members-at-large were. I was told that any person
working on a district committee (membership, camping, ...) need to be
members-at-large. Also that members-at-large could hold other unit or
We were also told that the members-at-large are not registered until after
their appointment. A background check is done afterwards. This sounds
backwards to me, IMO the background check should be done first for new
members-at-large. Why vote on somebody that may be disqualified
afterwards? Also some of our members-at-large are not registered. This
does not sound right either.
If this is the case, no wonder a few CORs attend district or counsel
meetings. Why bother. (Sorry, I am upset).
Thanks for being patient with me. I await some words of wisdom.
COR - P720 & T618, Hickory Ridge Community Association, National Pike
District (A 1995 Quality District), Baltimore Area Council
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