|Delay, distract and postpone.
||[Jul. 26th, 2016|02:04 pm]
You know that big meeting I was stressing about? We had it. It occurred. Now I'm supposed to write up the minutes for it. 2.5 hours of meeting with multiple people talking at the same time. @whee.
Did I mention I kinda freaked out in the meeting? Say, 3 times? Wait, no, I was projecting my voice so the people in the back could hear. Which is not yelling. Yes.
Minutes of Last Meeting
An hour was spent going over the minutes of the previous meeting and all the emails flying back and forth even vaguely related. The tone of each email was questioned for hostility and implied hostility interpreted by the reciever. Recording Secretary proposed anyone donate a computer if you want the damn minutes any faster and reminded that she's a volunteer. No computer offered. Vote to accept minutes with VALID corrections - Passed.
The assembly then argued about god knows what while it was pointed out that the last meeting produced a HUGE problem we need to fix before any other business can be done. Several attempts at a solution produced the idea of a subcommittee to sort through all the ideas. Recording Secretary then pointed out that we shouldn't be doing any of this because it destroys prime directive #2 of the entire committee which we have zero authority to do. Recording Secretary did then offer a compromise of having the entire membership vote on whether they WANT to destroy the #2 prime directive and disassemble the committee then reassemble it with non-elected disgruntled in charge of everyone's paychecks? Yes, let's vote on that. Someone who shall remain nameless then insisted that this vote NOT be talked about until after the committee election because it shouldn't be a campaign issue.
Um...wha? No, it is posted now. I am free to discuss what is posted in public and most of the people I talk to come to me after reading it and say, "No, this new way sounds really bad." without any input from me.
[Edit; please note, I don't care one way or the other how this ends up. Whatever the majority decides. You want a Brexit that's fine. You deal with it. Okay, I do care but only because I care about protecting my members. I want them to make an informed decision and I want the new way to be fair to them all. After that I don't care.]
So nothing was really decided and we're all on hold, having to put all the other agenda issues aside for 8 months. Which means they don't get heard, which is, ironically enough, one of the big issues the disgruntled had in the first place. *facepalm*
There was an agreement to form a subcommittee to look into how to logistically work without prime directive #2.
Meeting adjourned after 2.5 hours. But at least we're talking.
Sidenote: okay I have been talking to a lot of people. (It's what I do.) and I am getting a lot of GOOD feedback and ideas on how to fix the actual problem which I think is that the committee has become too closed off from the general membership and we need a better way of handling outside questions, concerns, and new ideas. People are feeling these are not being respected or represented. WE CAN FIX THIS! We need a method for people to submit these things, to see that it is going through a process of fair evaluation, and getting a responce one way or another. We can do that. I'm gathering a lot of good ideas. We've 1,000+ people, someone can crack this nut. If we have to do it chinese menu style: a little column A idea, some column B and two eggrolls = new process! WE CAN FIX IT.
I'm kind of excited that people are interested enough to even BE disgruntled. Cool! Involvement!
See how distracted I can be? I'm good at it.