The following is an independent review of the PTG board meeting. I have great appreciation for the time and effort put into the work by the board members and HO staff. Corrections are welcomed. THIS IS UNOFFICIAL!! I was there as an observer taking notes and the following is my recollection and opinion.
This was Paul Adams last board meeting as President and a member of the board. He is due thanks for his long service. And, if I remember correctly, we stop paying his hotel bill tomorrow since we eliminated the position of Past President.
Torger Baland was appointed Central West Regional Vice President replacing Jim Coleman Jr who resigned to attend to his ailing father
Caucus Rules Adoption Authority – passed
Minutes Distribution – defeated. Marc Poulin argued successfully that our attorney must review all minutes. Too many small problems slip through. “Takes it out of our hands” was his justification. ***
Attorney Review of Agenda – passed
Voting by Chapter Strength – amended and passed. Marc Poulin argued successfully and, I believe, erroneously to raise the percentage of delegates required to pass the vote by chapter strength from 25% as specified in the RFA to 2/3’rds. *** THIS IS A VERY CONTENTIOUS ISSUE
Malaysia/Mainland China Dues Reduction – withdrawn
Electronic Meetings in Committees – I don’t have a note on that…was I umm…elsewhere?
Filling Vacancies in Elected Committees – passed
Definition of Member in Good Standing – passed
Rewrite of Disciplinary Procedures – passed ** This was quite involved with a long discussion regarding the membership pledge and can we ask that a member be of good moral standing or whatever the language is. Is a sex offender always a sex offender to us even though the courts may allow certain records to be expunged after certain conditions are met. Marc argued forcefully that we should follow legal guidelines. Paul Adams argued as forcefully, with the support of Roberts, that an organization can put any kind of behavior guidelines it wants to. Don’t we have a responsibility because our members are regularly allowed into homes?
Actually, in reading my notes I remember some details. This originally passed and then Paul Adams made a motion to reconsider which brought the subject back. He changed his vote and made the Roberts supported arguments.. Passed a 2nd time
My personal opinion here is that our Vice President might be stretching his background in law enforcement as he made a number of sweeping legal-type pronouncements that I would much rather hear from an actual attorney. He was essentially insisting that court decisions overrule PTG preferences while Roberts says just the opposite.
This did result in a change to the wording on the membership pledge developed by Paul Adams, Marc Poulin and Ricki Klos. It appears to eliminate the line preventing a member of acting in a way that is injurious to the PTG. Marc argues that there is no way to define injurious, but I argue that courts do it all the time. I have a problem with this part.
Organizational Policies – passed – this was a huge project and kudos to the committee.
Reduce Administrative Fee – withdrawn. Strong resistance. Ninety people are using the service and about 20 cause additional administrative issues each month. Defeated primarily because the amount proposed for the revised fee was not clear.
Removal of Journal Ads – defeated. This one gripes my cookies. It was defeated because it did not call for specific board action. “We don’t do committee work” commented President Adams. “NO,” I thought to myself “but you do CREATE committees and their charges”.**
This was a clear demonstration of how easily misinformation can influence a discussion. Paul Adams argued that we didn’t have the staff to vet each and every ad, which is not at all what the RFA was asking. I was stopped from clarifying by the Parliamentarian on procedural grounds. She did make a suggestion on how it might be handled.
Online Community Guidelines – passed. “There is no free speech on PTG owned resources” was one supporting comment
Chapter Naming – defeated. People had issue with the 75 mile radius.
Change Members Rights Committee – withdrawn, don’t know why
Exam Voucher Expiration – Amended to be for 5 years and passed
Rescind 2022 Dues increase – defeated. Inflation is coming.
Education budget – defeated. This was an extended discussion and a missed opportunity for the board to really understand what the education committee is doing. Everyone says they are doing a great job but not for a separate budget line.
Articulate 360 license – passed. We only need one license for $999. Jason Cantor is the only one developing with this software
Education Website – withdrawn after discussion. It was not at all clear exactly what the committee was looking for
Remove Unrealized Gains – passed after a stunningly effective presentation by a representative from the submitting Connecticut Chapter. To start in 2023
New Association Management software – passed