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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-26-2004, 10:59 PM
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ANNOUNCEMENT

The ISSCA Board of Directors met in a regular board meeting conducted November 13, 2004. The public minutes of this meeting have been forwarded to the web-master for positing to the ISSCA website, www.goissca.org these minutes were approved in a special online chat meeting called for November 23, 2004.

During its November 13 meeting, the ISSCA Board voted on a motion to terminate the membership of Director Chuck Spera, one of 19 members of the Board on that date. The results of this vote are posted in the meeting minutes.

Action was taken as it had become evident to the majority of the ISSCA Board that the activities of Mr. Spera were not in harmony with the goals and charter of ISSCA. Unacceptable acts of Mr. Spera had been addressed previously face to face and in a letter to him with a warning regarding the consequences of continued acts that were counter to ISSCA and the ISSCA Board's intentions and direction.

Therefore, under Article VI Section 2 subparagraph d. of the ISSCA bylaws (herein after referred to as “the Article”), a vote was conducted that resulted in termination of membership in this case. It is unfortunate Mr. Spera’s disregard of these warnings established a need for the Board to act. There can and will be no winners in this matter, and the Board regrets the action was necessary.

It is the position of the Board of Directors that public disclosure of unacceptable acts of Mr. Spera would cause further embarrassment to Mr. Spera, also there is no benefit from a public discussion of specific events except to further polarize the general membership which is not the goal of the ISSCA leadership.

One underlying concern expressed in public comment regarding this matter has been that the Board of Directors would arbitrarily act to cancel individual memberships in ISSCA. While termination is allowed under the Article as previously noted, actions that would evoke application of the Article would include acts that undermine the Executive Council’s or the Board's ability to perform the business of ISSCA, or generally disrupt the activities of ISSCA. The Article as currently written was duly approved by the Board of Directors (including Mr. Spera) and is necessary so the club, at all levels, may keep order within the organization. It is not an action used lightly nor will it be.

In further public comment there were concerns regarding the letter sent to MISSL by the President of ISSCA regarding the requirements for a Chartered Club to retain its status.

• This letter was advisory in intent, not threatening--nor was it intended to be perceived as a threat.
• ISSCA as a non-profit organization has certain IRS rules and regulations it must follow to remain a non-profit according to its charter.
• ISSCA must audit its Chartered Clubs, when prescribed, to ensure adherence to the established requirements to be chartered.
• To attain and maintain ISSCA Charter, any club must maintain a minimum of three officers that are ISSCA members in good standing, and must maintain a minimum of ten ISSCA members who are not a signatory to any other Chartered Club application.

In this specific instance, Mr. Spera no longer may serve as a signatory for Chartered Club status within ISSCA, therefore, if MISSL wishes to retain charter, another officer, with ISSCA membership, needs to be identified to update the current Charter application for the club.

ISSCA is presently in the process of conducting an audit of all Chartered Clubs in accordance with the requirements.


Rick Matthews
ISSCA Public Relations Officer

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2004, 04:50 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by HighwaySS:
ANNOUNCEMENT

The ISSCA Board of Directors met in a regular board meeting conducted November 13, 2004..... these minutes were approved in a special online chat meeting called for November 23, 2004.

Good move.... Congratulations!!!

During its November 13 meeting, the ISSCA Board voted on a motion to terminate the membership of Director Chuck Spera, one of 19 members of the Board on that date. The results of this vote are posted in the meeting minutes.

Action was taken as it had become evident to the majority of the ISSCA Board that the activities of Mr. Spera were not in harmony with the goals and charter of ISSCA. Unacceptable acts of Mr. Spera had been addressed previously face to face and in a letter to him with a warning regarding the consequences of continued acts that were counter to ISSCA and the ISSCA Board's intentions and direction.

Now here is something new....Face to Face and a Letter of warning.....


Therefore, under Article VI Section 2 subparagraph d. of the ISSCA bylaws (herein after referred to as “the Article”), a vote was conducted that resulted in termination of membership in this case. It is unfortunate Mr. Spera’s disregard of these warnings established a need for the Board to act. There can and will be no winners in this matter, and the Board regrets the action was necessary.

Still very subjective, just who has seen this activity?? I ask because I have never seen the man act in such a way. I also point out that it has never showed up in prior BOD minutes.

It is the position of the Board of Directors that public disclosure of unacceptable acts of Mr. Spera would cause further embarrassment to Mr. Spera, also there is no benefit from a public discussion of specific events except to further polarize the general membership which is not the goal of the ISSCA leadership.

The membership is already polarized as evident by who is posting.


One underlying concern expressed in public comment regarding this matter has been that the Board of Directors would arbitrarily act to cancel individual memberships in ISSCA. While termination is allowed under the Article as previously noted, actions that would evoke application of the Article would include acts that undermine the Executive Council’s or the Board's ability to perform the business of ISSCA, or generally disrupt the activities of ISSCA. The Article as currently written was duly approved by the Board of Directors (including Mr. Spera) and is necessary so the club, at all levels, may keep order within the organization. It is not an action used lightly nor will it be.

Rick Matthews
ISSCA Public Relations Officer

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This may be the way it has to be but I think it still wreaks!!!! I smell a skunk!

What would I like to see, have it put to a vote with all the board members.....not just those present. (Yes I know you were well within the "rules" but that act by the BOD will NEVER make this organization a better club. It stinks of selecting the "right kind of people".

2nd, a notice should have been sent out to all BOD's to advise them that this might come up and required their attention.

3rd, I think it sucks that 10 people can determine without notice that a BOD can be is not "fit" for this club.

4th, the rules need to be changed to prevent this sort of underhanded way of dealing with problematic people. This should have never happened THIS WAY. By-laws need to be re-written!

Who is kidding who.....THIS IS A POWER STRUGGLE and thats all there is to it!

BS!
post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-27-2004, 08:22 PM
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I appreciate the effort made for the BOD to respond to this action before the next scheduled teleconference meeting on Dec 7th.

I would agree that any further discussion would have to be initiated by Mr. Spera.

The vote was 10 affirmative and 2 against with 7 abstentions.
 
post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 10:46 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....This may be the way it has to be but I think it still wreaks!!!! I smell a skunk!...
Rob,

I think you mean 'reeks'.

Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....What would I like to see, have it put to a vote with all the board members.....not just those present. (Yes I know you were well within the "rules" but that act by the BOD will NEVER make this organization a better club.......It stinks of selecting the "right kind of people'.....
I think it sucks that 10 people can determine without notice that a BOD can be is not "fit" for this club....
Rob....all the BoD does not number much more than 10 people.
Furthermore....I would refer you to Robert's Rules of Order [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img] . This publication outlines the determination and validity of a quorum. The tenets of 'RRO' are adopted by virtually every Parlamentary....Congressional....Board of Directors....body in the modern world!

Furthermore....it seems Mr. Spera was 'informed' at various times to modify his behavior and that sanctions were forthcoming if he refused. Seems he refused and was subsequently sanctioned .

Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....the rules need to be changed to prevent this sort of underhanded way of dealing with problematic people. This should have never happened THIS WAY. By-laws need to be re-written!....
Can't see where this was 'underhanded'....I only see a need for the rule to change to allow recourse when something like this does occur.

KW
post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-28-2004, 04:31 PM
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Rob,

If you were standing in the middle of the railroad tracks, and everyone started telling you to get out of the way because a train was coming, would you take their advice and get out of the way.....

...or would you stand there and reply 'y'all are wrong, it's my guiding light'.


Rob - you have convinced me that you will never accept what has occured no matter what. And I'm very sorry about that. Wish the ISSCA could make it right for you but it's clear that this is not going to happen. ISSCA will press on without you.
post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 11:09 AM
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Quote:
Originally posted by KW Baraka:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....This may be the way it has to be but I think it still wreaks!!!! I smell a skunk!...
Rob,

I think you mean 'reeks'.

Actually I speak with a lisp so I thought it was right!! Just kidding, thanks.

Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....What would I like to see, have it put to a vote with all the board members.....not just those present. (Yes I know you were well within the "rules" but that act by the BOD will NEVER make this organization a better club.......It stinks of selecting the "right kind of people'.....
I think it sucks that 10 people can determine without notice that a BOD can be is not "fit" for this club....
Rob....all the BoD does not number much more than 10 people.
Furthermore....I would refer you to Robert's Rules of Order [img]graemlins/5.gif[/img] . This publication outlines the determination and validity of a quorum. The tenets of 'RRO' are adopted by virtually every Parlamentary....Congressional....Board of Directors....body in the modern world!

Furthermore....it seems Mr. Spera was 'informed' at various times to modify his behavior and that sanctions were forthcoming if he refused. Seems he refused and was subsequently sanctioned .

Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....the rules need to be changed to prevent this sort of underhanded way of dealing with problematic people. This should have never happened THIS WAY. By-laws need to be re-written!....
Can't see where this was 'underhanded'....I only see a need for the rule to change to allow recourse when something like this does occur.

KW
</font>[/QUOTE]Yes I know about "Robert Rules" and usually this works, however I think it very easily could have been tabled for further discussion with all the directors as well as giving the individual an opportunity to respond. The BOD's attention or lack there of to how this action would impact this club would suggest that this was "pushed" through to prevent "anyone" suggesting an alternative.
post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 11:17 AM
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Originally posted by Doug Wood:
Rob,

If you were standing in the middle of the railroad tracks, and everyone started telling you to get out of the way because a train was coming, would you take their advice and get out of the way.....
Arguing the wrong point Doug, as usual.

[quote...or would you stand there and reply 'y'all are wrong, it's my guiding light'.
[/quote]

Yeah thats it Doug, that'd be me.
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Rob - you have convinced me that you will never accept what has occured no matter what. And I'm very sorry about that. Wish the ISSCA could make it right for you but it's clear that this is not going to happen. ISSCA will press on without you.
ISCCA will press on without you?? WTF is that!!

Doug, I do accept what has happened, but that does NOT mean I have to like it nor agree with it. NOR does it mean that I am not a part of this club because of my beliefs. Where the hell did that come from???? Oh wait, prolly the board, huh? Typical.
post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 01:55 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Rob Hamilton:
....Yes I know about "Robert Rules" and usually this works, however I think it very easily could have been tabled for further discussion with all the directors as well as giving the individual an opportunity to respond. The BOD's attention or lack there of to how this action would impact this club would suggest that this was "pushed" through to prevent "anyone" suggesting an alternative.
Well...can't fault a man for his heart-felt opinion !

Take care.

KW
post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 02:26 PM
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Rob, my apologies to you. May your life be good. You da man!

Can "we" leave this alone now and put it behind us? Or, as usual, am I wrong again?

Respectfully,

Doug Wood
ISSCA Member 123
post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-29-2004, 02:38 PM
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Word of the day: Closure


And now back to our regularly scheduled fun filled hobby of ours, the b-body.

Regards,
E &lt;----- aka: "E"

No title, just "E" - but I am an ISSCA member.
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