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.
ISSCA Public Relations Officer
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