Although the Blog stats indicate this is not your favourite topic (actually far from it) I wanted to get this off my chest… So thanks for listening so to speak…
If you were to go to the RAC Blog you will find lots of articles of what is needed to transform RAC with many comments. For the most part the comments have been well thought out and seem to make sense.
Some of the material is dated and was offered to the Board of Directors at the AGM held in Cornwall in 2008 and for reason unknown to me (and others) seems to be have been “swept under the rug” so to speak.
Now by all accounts its time for a change. The best news seeming to come out of the 2010 AGM in Halifax is that we lost less money in 2009 than in 2008…
I quote the following from the RAC Blog:
“The key business items were the financial audit for 2009 and a constitutional amendment to allow companies and institutions to become associate members of RAC. In terms of the audit the “good” news was that deficit for 2009 was less than 2008. The bad news is that there was still a deficit in 2009.
RAC Finances continues to be an issue. Our auditor noted that we are likely at the end of cost cutting measure and we need to raise revenues. Increasing membership and increasing advertising volumes are two go-forward startegies to address revenue issues .. other options will be discussed by the Board and Executive.”
The Good News is that we lost less money??? This alone is a reason to look at changes…
So what we have now is a few dedicated people have decided that RAC is worth saving and given us lots of stuff to think about… The only problem is that the 7 people who count here… The only 7 people with the power to start the process for real… The “Magnificent 7″ so to speak…
are staying very quiet on this one…
If you follow the “Magnificent 7″ link you will go to the RAC website and see that the Magnificent 7 are the 7 Directors of RAC.
They were supposed to be elected by the RAC Members in their regions but more recently I believe that most of them have either been acclaimed (only person who wanted the job) or appointed (only person who would take the job).
On the same page you will see “Assistant Directors” and other members of the executive. The Assistant Directors are appointed by the Director for the region to help represent the Director locally. They have no voting rights. The rest of the executive (President, Vice President (s), Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the board and have no voting rights.
So here we are … The discussion seems to have started on August 5th with this posting on the RAC Blog and I know the topic has been mentioned numerous other times on several different blogs previously but lets stay with current affairs for now…
As of 10am on August 25 2010 I have not been able to find a single rebuttal from any one of the Board of Directors.
The Director for North and East Ontario VE3XT Bill Unger did comment on a complaint about not being able to reach him and the President (not a board member) has made several comments about other peoples comments but there has been no official comment I can find (and I have been looking) from a board member.
If you can find one please let me know… I would love to read it…
I would not go as far as calling it a “Secret Society” (yet) but for a group of people who are supposed to know how to communicate they do seem to be a “quiet group…”
I am still Pro-RAC and I would love to have that warm fuzzy feeling knowing that they are looking at the troubles and taking steps to make a few changes to ensure our continued existance. They already have the legal means to do so as they were elected or acclaimed or appointed to manage RAC…
For the record the following is an example of a secret society…
As you can see I still have my sense of humour … FOR NOW
My name is Bob, my callsign is VA3QV and I am a RAC Member