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  • Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith Sept. 18, 2001, 9:09 a.m. (Message 27402)

    Re: RSCDS restructure AGM motion: voting system

    Thank you for that. I believe that my reply to Stewart Cunningham,
    Vancouver, just posted, should answer your point, but do come back if you
    are not happy.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Eric Ferguson" <x.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx>
    To: <>
    Sent: Monday, September 17, 2001 8:42 PM
    Subject: Re: RSCDS restructure AGM motion: voting system
    > On 17 Sep 2001, at 18:09, Andrew Smith wrote:
    > > 3 (a) That every fully paid up Member of the RSCDS at HQ shall have
    > > the right to vote at General Meetings, and to elect such Members to
    > > the Management Board and Standing Committees of the Society at HQ; (b)
    > > That a Branch Convention be convened annually to provide a forum for
    > > Branch members to discuss issues affecting the Branches and put
    > > forward proposals to the Management Board of the Society at HQ.
    > >
    > > 4  That all Members of the Society at HQ should pay their
    > > subscriptions direct to HQ, and all Branches/Local Associations should
    > > make an annual donation to HQ proportionate to the numbers of
    > > Branch/Local Association members which they have (exclusive of Members
    > > at HQ), the annual subscription and donation amounts to be set by the
    > > Society at HQ AGM.
    > Could Andrew please explain the voting procedure?  If even a few
    > thousand "Branch+Affiliated Group" members become HQ members, the
    > full AGM will never be able to bring together more than a small
    > fraction of them all.
    > With "one member one vote" few will decide to travel from far just to
    > cast one single vote.  In addition, those living near by can always
    > "load" the meeting.  Those living far away are therefore in effect
    > disenfranchised.
    > Would it not be better if members not attending were allowed to vote
    > by proxy through members attending ?  That would allow (e.g.) New
    > Zealand, for the first time, to have influence related to its size.
    > Eric.
    > Eric T. Ferguson, van Dormaalstraat 15, NL-5624 KH  EINDHOVEN, Netherlands
    > tel: (+31)(0)40-243 2878 fax:40-246 7036  e-mail: x.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx

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