Only one position is being contested this year.
Val is running on the ongoing prosperity of the club
($90,000 in the building fund, membership at an all time high)
Ed is running on democracy - i.e. the quaint notion that
management should act as if it needed to be elected.
(following bylaws, posting the board minutes, conducting fair elections, allowing
members to observe board meetings)
And since we no longer have meetings
or even newsletters
where issues can be discussed,
the only way a member can present an issue
is to do a personal postal mailing to all the members.
(even e-mail is not possible,
since the office will not share email addresses)
A personal mailing costs about $200
(including postage, printing, and assembling)
so hats off to Jim Kujaca,
the only member,
other than the incumbent President,
who stepped up to the plate this year.
Mostly, Jim is concerned
about the issues
that were raised in the by-laws committee last Spring,
and have been tabled by the board ever since,
presumably in the hope
that if they sit on them long enough
they will just go away.
Val has also taken the trouble
to send a piece of mail to everyone,
reasserting the financial stability,
and responding to complaints
about the election process.
"Our elections are administered entirely by the Executive Director who is non-political by job description"
Except that the executive director, with a salary over $60,000/year,
is the one person among us who is the MOST
directly affected by the election's results.
Since Val has won the last several elections
by overwhelming majorities,
it hardly makes any difference
who does the counting.
But if an election ever did get close,
as they have sometimes been in the past,
there is no way that a concerned party,
no matter how honest,
should be allowed to supervise the process.
Which is why
we need to establish
and then excecute
house rules that govern elections.
But then --we also need house rules
to govern studio rental, teaching programs,
exhibitions, and open workshops.
the rule book was lost sometime in the last decade,
(along with the minutes of the
quarterly meeting that approved term limits)
and now everything hangs upon
the prerogative of the office.
(it's very difficult
not to get cynical about all this
BTW - Here are the candidates
for the other open positions,
but what's the point?
They are all running un-opposed.
According to the by-laws,
a "Nomination Advisory Committee"
was supposed to convene in January
to recruit candidates for election,
but it never met.
so only the incumbents are running.
here's the list of voting members,
who are really the ones
one-man rule at our organization,
they just don't want to be bothered.