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  • suepetyt

    suepetyt March 30, 2006, 11:14 a.m. (Message 44915)

    RE: The RSCDS Constitution

    I agree that there should not be appointments by the Board.  Two positions
    could be reserved for examiners, but these should still be elected by the
    I also agree that the Board should not be allowed to change the constitution
    without member vote.  There is also a concern that many of the facets of the
    constitution will be moved to 'rules' which can be changed more easily.
    Reducing the number of Board Members is a good idea, - perhaps we should ask
    for Board meetings to be videoed and made available on the web!
    Happy Dancing
    Sue Petyt 
    Skype Sue Petyt
    -----Original Message-----
    [] On Behalf Of
    Keith R Bark
    Sent: 30 March 2006 04:25
    To: 'SCD news and discussion'
    Subject: RE: The RSCDS Constitution
    Most of the changes in the constitution appear to be clean-up and trying to
    make the committees more efficient (by reducing size and ensuring some
    continuity of management).
    The one topic that we do need to consider though is that of Society
    Examiners and membership of the Education and Training Committee.  The
    proposed change is that the Management Board will appoint two examiners to
    the E&T Committee but not allow examiners to stand for elected positions on
    the committee.  I agree that we need examiners on the committee but
    appointments are always risky as the current Management Board will appoint
    examiners who are in agreement with their opinions.  As the board changes,
    so the appointees change.  It is somewhat like appointments to a Senate or
    to a House of Lords rather than an elected body.  I think it would be better
    to have the wording such that if the elected members of the committee does
    not include at least two examiners, then the Management Board should appoint
    examiners to make the number of examiners on the committee up to two.
    What are other people's thoughts?
    Keith R Bark
    Mississauga, Canada
    -----Original Message-----
    [] On Behalf Of
    Andrea Re
    Sent: March 29, 2006 3:52 PM
    To: SCD news and discussion
    Subject: Re: The RSCDS Constitution
    john.m.sturrock ha scritto:
    Hi there,
    funnily enough almost at the same time as John's posting I got an e-mail
    from Martina (IB & Central Germany) asking what I thought of the proposed
    changes to the constitution.
    I have accessed the RSCDS website and, following John's instructions, I
    found the relevant file (I confess that I couldn't find it before....). 
    People will be glad to know that I don't have the time for a long message at
    this moment in time, so I shall ask only one question:
    why should I care about the proposed changes? I am not terribly into RSCDS
    politics at high level and certainly my understanding of the pro's and con's
    of having so many members on the Education committee or whether there should
    be a position of Management Committee Convenor elect is non existent. I am
    sure that these proposals along with the others are indeed worthy of
    approval, but how is that going to affect my life as a dancer/teacher in
    Dundee one way or another?
    Andrea (fae Dundee)
    John highlights the problem of, for example, the dwindling membership, but
    what has got to do with the proposed changes? I leave John's message here
    for reference.
    > I had expected this to prompt a lengthy debate on  strathspey.  
    > Instead, almost at the same time, a discussion started regarding 
    > chords. This took on a life of its own, lasting a week, to the 
    > exclusion of most other topics. While very interesting in itself, 
    > nothing that was said was ever likely to change the future of SCD  - 
    > as one correspondent remarked, it is always likely that each area will 
    > stick to its own customs.  Now that that discussion has run its 
    > course, perhaps we might turn back to the topic that could be 
    > significant to the future  -  the re-writing of the RSCDS 
    > Constitution.  Membership of the Society has roughly halved over the 
    > last 16 years, and we must be coming to some sort of crunch.  Added to 
    > that, my own observations of dancing in many places lead me to 
    > estimate that less than 10% of those dancing regularly in the Milligan 
    > tradition, are actually members of the Society.
    > The current Constitution was ratified less than 17 months ago, and the 
    > previous Constitution only 24 months before that.  Given the current 
    > situation of the Society, one has to wonder if constant re-writing is 
    > in its own best interests, if the new one will prove any more workable 
    > than the old, and if limited management time would not be better 
    > employed facing problems within the bounds of the existing 
    > Constitution(s)?
    > The proposed new Constitution can be found on the Society website by 
    > logging in as a member, in the top right hand corner, BEFORE clicking
    > either 'What's Changed'  or  'News'.   Among other things, it appears 
    > to grant future responsibility for future Constitutions, to a newly 
    > shrunk Management Board.
    > I think debate could be very illuminating.  Someone, somewhere, 
    > perhaps far from Scotland, might just bring up something that changes 
    > the course of SCD...
    > John M Sturrock
    > Cupar UK

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