To Karl - Well given that I don't know how to drive straight
, my apologies for not noticing that it was still there. The National Champion information used to be contained in the Bylaws. I believe that I am correct when I state that the National Racing Championships (Drag, Road Course and Auto Cross) have not been awarded with any consistency. I know that for 2003 & 2004, I spent a lot of time auto crossing with the intention of competing for the National Stock Champion. All of the sudden this was gone. Grant it, I don't regret the time spent as I had a blast, but it was disappointing to work that hard and then find that the "prize" was no longer there.
I want to make one thing clear from my point of view regarding this entire thread. I am not defending whether Chuck should or should not be serving on the Board of Directors. As I said earlier, there is no love lost between Chuck and I and we have "butted heads" on many an occasion and over many a topic. When I served on the Board with him, there were many online chats when I was screaming at the computer monitor because he could be very infuriating. All that being said, I am having a real issue with why he wasn't simply removed from the board by a 3/4-majority vote. It seems very "back door" to remove him from the membership completely.
Also, there have been earlier comments about micro managing. I think that when the Board exercises their right to throw a member out of the club in its' entirety and given that this action has never occurred before, we the members have a right to know what was so offensive to get a person removed. How do we know that we aren't doing something offensive as well and might be in jeopardy of being thrown out?
Doug, I appreciate your call for patience on this matter, but no one from the Executive Committee being Harvey, Bill, Dodie or Terry are responding to the membership’s questions. Also, I recognize that this happened only a week ago, but if Chuck's actions were so egregious that it merited total dismissal from the organization, then how long can it take to prepare a statement. I mean really, I have prepared several compelling posts here in under a few hours. If the case is open and closed, then preparing a statement shouldn't be that difficult.
Furthermore, if the Board is so concerned about legal repercussions, then why didn’t the Board fulfill their fiduciary responsibility to the organization and hire an attorney to represent them during the proceedings? I recognize that this not an inexpensive proposition, but if this action now jeopardizes the entire organization it could have been money well spent.
Doug, I wish I could sit and wait, but I have seen nothing reassuring from the Executive Committee that would encourage me to do so. So, I must continue to ask questions.
I recently attended a great seminar on successful teams and the speaker said that the first thing is that all members of the team must be committed to cause (or organization) beyond themselves. Is our Board of Directors acting for a cause greater than them or simply fulfilling personal agendas? Just thinking out loud.