I believe what Ron meant with the "small selected few" is the common
effect, that "a small few" - those who make the proposals to the AGM
- decide on the basis of the input from wherever what to present to
the General Meeting. Luckily some General Meetings have taken a long
time because proposals have been discussed and eventually rejected or
I fear hat I believe Ron fears: that "a small few" will stick to
their own ideas (maybe prejudices and superstitions) nevertheless
what the input to their discussions is, thus excluding the input that
will be screened by the working party and putting their stamp on
proposals to the AGM.
However, I trust that the smaller management structure will enable
the working parties to discuss input from members effectively and
present multiple options to the management board, which then can
discuss the merits of those options, presenting the most sensible
ones to the General Meeting.
I also agree with Malcolm in the point that the new management
structure is NEW and has to show wether it works or not. Let's wait
for the results.
mlbrown wrote on 13.12.2002:
The MB will then presumably discuss the presentation and
recommendations and hopefully at some point a consensus will emerge
that can be taken to the Society AGM as a proposal. (The Constitution
defines "membership", and to make any changes would require a change
to the Constitution, which can only happen at a Society General
Meeting, and then only with the approval of at least two thirds of
those entitled to vote.) I don't think that this means that "a small
selected few will make the final decision"