Which Board of Directors candidates do not support the 2 show idea?
I just completed my MCA ballot.
I ONLY VOTED FOR NEW CANDIDATES FOR THE BOARD, with the exception of Jane Crowden, who is a relative of Ron Bramlett and because of that connection, does not get my vote. I also added a note to my ballot why I only voted for these 7 people.
The new candidates that received my vote this year are Hugh Barber, Don Blackstock, Patsy Brown, Harry Campbell, Horrace Collums, Mark Cordery and Warren Martin.
We have no way of knowing who is a favor or against the two show idea because no candidate addressed that issue. Do you think that was by design?
I don't expect that this act, in itself, will change anything, but hopefully, if enough members do it, we will send the message that we do not approve of the BOD actions concerning the 50th.
I note that the ballots go to a central processing address and not directly to the MCA, so I have some question that they will indeed see my protest. but one must try.
Response from Ron Bramlett
In the hopes of putting some of these unhappy feelings to bed, I will do something that is not typical of me; I will respond to this thread. Not because of the negative feelings shown towards me. I fully understand that we can't make everybody happy with the 50th. I will respond because it is unfair for so many people to be blamed for something they have had absolutely nothing to do with. I'm talking about the current MCA National Board of Directors who had absolutely nothing to do with the decision to hold two 50th Celebrations instead of just one. There was no BOD vote on whether to hold one or two shows, where to hold them or when to hold them. Period. So, if you hold any of the current National Directors responsible and withhold your vote for them based on this one subject, you have done them an injustice.
It has never been, to the best of my knowledge, voted on by the BOD as to when or where any Mustang or MCA Anniversary Show or shows are going to be held. The best way I can describe the process is that the person chairing the show, and a few other people who dedicate their time and energy to a show committee, look at the available information and work to come to a consencises. (I was a part of the committee for the 45th under Steve McCarley in 2008 and decided that I wanted to work on the 50th.) Discussions take place, everything possible is looked at and considered and after several months, a decision is made within the 50th committee, not by the BOD. Yes, some of these 50th committee members are BOD members, but the BOD as a whole does not, and did not, have a vote. There was no list of places to consider and vote on for the show location. In fact, there are very few things concerning the anniversary shows that the BOD, as a whole, is involved in. Anniversary show decisions are made mostly by committees comprised of Mustang enthusiasts, representives of Mustang related businesses, MCA members, MCA Regional Clubs and their members and some, but not all, MCA BOD members. The process is not run by the BOD which several uninformed people keep bringing up and trying to hold responsible.
I want everyone who reads this to know that the decision to hold two Mustang 50th Birthday Celebrations was not made lightly. Most of us, including me, would have loved to have seen one show as opposed to the two. But after talking to hundreds of enthusiasts, Mustang related businesses and Mustang clubs and their members for almost an entire year, it became all too apparent that a show of this importance could not be held in just one location. Businesses that wanted to be involved, many of them small, could not travel from one coast to the other to be a part of the 50th. The same can be said for thousands of Mustang enthusiasts and Mustang clubs world wide. What every one of these people and organizations said that they wanted was for the most people, businesses, clubs and organizations to be able to come celebrate the 50th as possible. Not one of them said that they wanted the 50th to be the biggest celebration possible, even if they could not attend. They were perfectly willing to "share" the 50th as long as they had a place to come and celebrate with other enthusiasts. So, in the interest of making the 50th accessable to thousands of more Mustang enthusiasts, businesses and clubs, the few of us who had to make that decision, did.
For those of you who must continue to voice negative feelings and make negative comments about the 50th, I will take all of the heat you can dish out for that decision. It's all my fault. Blame me. I was the head of those few people. But understand. You are not doing anything constructive for the MCA or the 50th. To not vote for BOD members who had nothing to do with the decision is just simply not right. It's especially not right to hold it against my mother in law, Jane Crowden, simply because she is my relative. She's not even a BOD member.
If you really have the best interest of the MCA and the Mustang 50th at heart, stop riding a dead horse and do what you can to help your friends, family and other club members get as much enjoyment out of the upcoming celebrations as possible. All of you are welcome to put Pony Drives together to go to Mustang, Oklahoma the weekend before and then on to either Las Vegas or Charlotte. It's your choice. We, the 50th committee, will help in any way we can to make it a success. Remember, we're all Mustang enthusiasts first and for that reason we should all work together.
Lastly, if you don't beleive that the MCA is being run the right way, please come and run for the BOD yourself next year. June is the month that you'll need to make that decision. Early in July is the deadline to get your Biography into Mary Jean.
Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration