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Thread: [IAC] proposed rules and IAC Democracy

Message: Re: [IAC] proposed rules and IAC Democracy

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From: "George Andre" <frebrd at>

Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 02:59:44 UTC


  Don- I seem to remember in the dim recesses of my memory that this issue was
debated, maybe 10 years ago, and one of the reasons that directors at large
rather than regional representatives were selected was that perhaps some
regions did not have anyone qualified (or well connected enough) to sit in
the director's chair, meanwhile some other blessed regions were overloaded
with "so called" qualified people.
I think it was wrong then and still do.
And your perceptions are right on target in my humble opinion.
regards, George Andre, IAC 5059
----- Original Message -----
From: Don Peterson <autotech at>
To: <DSowder at>; <awood at>
Cc: <iac at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2000 5:21 PM
Subject: [IAC] proposed rules and IAC Democracy

> Doug,
> " I intend to direct my comments (when I figure out what they are) to
> and to my area director. ..."
> You might want to take the time to write all of the directors and not just
> your "area" director.  As all directors are elected at large rather than
> regionally, the "area director" concept is something of a hollow idea.
> that the fellows aren't interested, it is just that we don't really have a
> representative democracy in this case.  Based upon conversations with
> several directors, it is clear to me that they view themselves as
> representing the membership at large, and not just the area that they are
> arbitrarily assigned to.  This means that if they get many comments
> supporting a proposed rule from areas other than the one to which they are
> assigned, and only yours against it from your area, theoretically they
> feel motivated to support the rule.  Hence, it is best to voice your
> opinions to all of the directors simultaneously.
> In fact, nobody has really explained to me what the advantages are of not
> having regionally elected directors, except for lowering the cost and
> avoiding logistical hassles.  I've never heard an explanation that made it
> sound like we would receive a better represented membership, and I always
> thought that was the primary goal of electing representatives.  In fact,
> current plan makes it rather hard for any area to remove someone when they
> feel particularly strong about an issue.  Maybe that is the main goal.
> to remove someone.
> Oh well.
> Don


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