RSCDS - non-representation of HQ members at AGM

Susi Mayr

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Anselm Lingnau wrote:
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> Yes, but that's for the Executive Council. I am under the impression
> that Oliver was talking about representation of HQ members at the *AGM*.

The AGM is even worse from that point of view (again according to my old
copy of the RSCDS constitution). It seems that only the Branches (Local
Associations) are allowed to send delegates with full voting rights, the
number of delegates for each Branch being determined by the Branch's
membership (2-5 delegates). Six members of the Executive Council are
elected at the AGM (presumably as representatives for the HQ members)- I
can't remember whether they are then allowed to vote on further business
at the AGM. The situation seems to be that HQ members cannot be
represented at the AGM, and that on the Executive Council they are
represented by six people chosen for them by the Branch delegates voting
at the AGM. Doesn't sound like a very satisfactory situation.

> As far as I am aware the Society is encouraging membership in a
> Bra^H^H^HLocal Association over HQ membership.

I was under the impression that this was no longer the case or that at
least HQ membership is not being actively discouraged. I certainly had
no trouble recently when I joined as a HQ member. There has also
definitely been talk of restructuring the Executive Council and reducing
it in size, so maybe this is a good time to bring up the subject of
members' representation at the AGM as well as the Executive Council.

> On the other hand, deciding just who should be a
> representative of a group of people who are apparently too far-flung to
> manage a LA, and who probably have all kinds of different expectations,
> problems and issues to boot, might be a bit difficult ...

Maybe this list would be a good place to start !

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