Yes,,,,Great idea !!!
Then the cry comes up "if you don't like it, then run for the Board" Easy to say, but harder to do. With the current setup of face-to-face Board meetings, you need to have both time and money to be on the Board (or have an automotive-related business so you can write off the travel expenses). As others have stated, in this day and age, it is unneccesary to have face-to-face meetings. Telecons could be substituted and allow more people to run for the Board.
Yes,,,,Great idea !!!
MCA Certified Judge in: First Generation classes (64.5-70)
Long time MCA member(27 yrs.) MCA #17780
1969 Mach 1, owned 43 yrs.
1967 Mustang, owned 33 yrs.
I'll agree with you that it is expensive to be on the B.O.D. with all the travel expenses but it is what it is so you either pony up and "pay to help or you try and work in a constructive way with the ones who do pay to help run this great club.
It would be nice if they actually posted minutes from the meetings along with, let say an agenda, so members would know what is being discussed and not having to react to a decision that has already been made. Counter-productive to say the least.
They say the BOD's represent the members, but how do they know what we want or what we are thinking when they dont ask??? I have been the president of my club and a board member for many years and the one thing I learned is to listen to the members, they have alot of knowledge and great ideas. Shut them out of your decision making... One word.. Titanic...
I also wanted to offer up a personal comment outside of my position in the MCA.
I am an optimist at heart and feel you can always make something better if you want. You don't have to be a member of the board to get involved. How about volunteering for a committee? I am sure there are many areas that people can get involved, we just have to be creative. I appreciate everyone's passion but we need to find a way to channel frustrations into something positive. Our club would be so much more enjoyable if we could.
[QUOTE=MrFarmdog;15805]On the meeting topic... meeting in person is so much better than via teleconference. I am on calls about 6 hours a day with my normal job and work in virtual teams daily. QUOTE]
Agreed whole heartedly...but maybe some "compromise"... 3 meetings a year by teleconference and 3 in person (or 2 and 2 if 4 meetings held per yr). Schedule dates on a rolling 24 months out thus you KNOW the dates when you run for office and can plan your life accordingly (with obvious medical emergency exceptions)...
On another note- are Board Meetings closed? Can MCA Members who are not Board members nor Regional Directors attend? I do not belong to a local MCA Club so strictly an "independent" here.
Last edited by Mustang 3; June 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM. Reason: can't type and spell at the same time
http://www.mustang.org/showthread.ph...Dates-and-Info. We agree to the dates at the beginning of the year so we can publish them for people to attend. I really have a good time at the meetings. Everyone is there with a purpose and it is a great place to understand the workings of the club as well as see friends. We routinely have a few people visiting that are not BOD nor regional directors.
We follow Roberts Rules of Order so they have to be approved at the next meeting or via email approval before they can be posted. Sometimes this takes time.
As far as an agenda I believe the information is sent out to all Regional Directors and it is their responsibility to share it with their club members as well as solicit feedback from the club on the items and represent the club via voting. If they can not make the meeting they can provide absentee ballots for items to be voted on. There is a process and there are several clubs that use it well, unfortunately it is hit or miss as to whether the Regional Director takes their role seriously and participates in the process.
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