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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Our Club?


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From: Aeropilot3 at

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 12:07:04 UTC


It is great news that the US will be represented at this year's AWAC.  Bubba 
Vidrine and Julia Wood should be lauded for having shown enormous 
perseverance to compete at AWAC with or without the sanction of the USAF and 
IAC in the face of what appears to have been institutional ambivalence about 
their participation in the event.  Bob Freeman should be congratulated for 
having made it possible for the three pilots to be acknowledged as the US 
team.  I am sure that all of them are relieved to be able to concentrate on 
preparation for the contest now that this sorry saga is behind us.

But, from what has been posted on the exploder on this issue, the fact that a 
US Advanced team will compete in Slovenia this summer does not mean that all 
is well.  This one symptom of greater problems within our club has been 
addressed, but not the disease.  After all, it was not the concerted efforts 
of the USAF or the IAC that led to the reinstatement of a US team but the 
change in the circumstances of one pilot.

What has been revealed in the debate over the US Advanced team is that there 
are serious shortcomings in the governance of the IAC.  It is not a good sign 
that 7 of 12 board members cannot compel the holding of a board meeting or 
that the club's Executive Director should write an openly partisan message to 
the membership over a dispute within the board.

The question now is "how is the club is being run and for what purpose?"  
This is a matter of interest for all IAC members, whether participating in 
contests, whether aiming for a spot on one of the US teams, or not.  There is 
an entirely reasonable debate to be had concerning the direction the club 
should take, but not under these circumstances.

Having never taken much interest in the election of Board members or indeed 
the rules of the club in the past, I will be keenly interested in this year's 
elections and I would hope that others will as well,

Mark Dunkerley
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