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Thread: representation

Message: representation

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From: "Tom R. Myers" <Tom_Myers at>

Date: Tue, 17 Dec 1996 01:02:22 UTC


  the president's council is a very interesting idea, and i have asked
the author to submit it for discussion at the long term strategy
session at the next board meeting.

now a few personal thoughts (deep breath).

more often than not i have to work hard to find out what is on the
minds of most of the membership. despite the fact that my address,
phone number, and email addresses are published, and despite the
fact that every bit of the info that i mail out or phone out to the
16 chapters in my area includes encouragements to contact me, i rarely
here anything back from anyone without taking even greater steps to
solicit it.

beyond that, i have only one vote on the board. twelve other people
have one vote. plain and simply, if someone wants something done or
to change within iac, the means and the mechanism are already in
place. all it takes is putting in the effort to contact these people
and presenting the ideas to them. i do my best to represent these
ideas to the other board members as best as i am able, but i cannot
do it all alone.

the fundamantal problem is that too many members are not willing to
put in the real work that it takes to accomplish change. it is often
work that must be sustained over many years. it is often work that
is steeped in political muck.

as anyone who knows me well knows, i am no political animal. i am just
a pilot who lives for the thrill of shreading the sky to bits that
has realized that you only get out of anything what you put into it.
this goes for the flying aspect of the sport as well as the
organizational aspect.

if you are unhappy with some aspect of iac and you want it to change,
you have to get involved, and you are going to have to work to make
it happen. adding another political body will do nothing to change
this simple fact.


Tom R. Myers
tomm at


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