[Watchdogs] Some Thoughts about the Bylaws Revision Process and theUpcoming 2010 Election
CarlosTX at sbcglobal.net
Tue Nov 17 22:05:59 CST 2009
In Making Promised Reforms: This PEC Board Gets a Failing Grade
We need to keep our eyes on the ball, and that’s reform. First, though, was it prudent for our PEC Board to return our capital credits in the form of small checks instead of simply crediting those dollars to our monthly bills? Of course not! The expense to generate and mail all those checks was a waste of our PEC money, and it’s an additional nuisance and expense for us to get those checks cashed or get them to our bank accounts. Worse, the Board apparently sent out the checks to “educate” us about the benefits of being co-op member/owners. Please! We recognize the benefits. It’s the RIGHTS of being co-op members we are after.
The Board can divert our attention by making these kinds of poor decisions, but we need to stay focused on the major issue this Board is neglecting. Reform!
When do we get a Board that’ll represent PEC members? The members of our previous Board, whether you blame it on their self-serving support for the culprits or oblivious ignorance, fiddled while PEC coffers were raided. Now, what kind of Board did we elect?
Not a “reform” board. The old Board, under public pressure and Court settlement mandates, put in place what few reforms we have. But those reforms are entirely inadequate. They offer no security to member/owners. The Board can change those reforms at will.
Our new Board members are failing to live up to their reform promises. For example, in a letter to the Hays Free Press in March, Larry Landaker said
“If elected, I will introduce permanent reform with member-written By-Laws that can only be changed by member ratification.” He asked for our votes as a reform candidate.
Foolish us, I suppose. We didn’t ask Larry when he’d get around to the reforms. We just assumed from what he said that he actually meant what he said, and that it would be soon.
One reason given for delay in revising the Bylaws is that no changes should be made until the entire set of Bylaws can be carefully studied and a comprehensive revision offered. That’s B.S. It does not take rocket-science or word-smithing by a world class lawyer to go ahead and make clear in the Bylaws right now that certain basic issues are to be decided by the member/owners rather than by the Board alone.
This most important reform – establishing basic member rights that can only be changed by member ratification - could be adopted now, without interfering even slightly with whatever comprehensive reforms might be adopted at some later time. The number of Directors and Districts, for example, can easily be decided later. Let’s get on with first things first.
(Note: Thanks, Board member Williams, for your common sense in voting against wasting our money by sending out all those checks. Now, let’s see the reforms we were promised.)
Member since 1974
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