Well I've gone and done it again. Silly me. I said what I actually felt about the politics of a certain local club on the local repeater here and basically made myself an outcast.
If you think about it though, I didn't say anything bad about the club itself. I was and am just getting tired of all the internal bickering, personalities and politics. It seems to me that the president of the club has a personal agenda he's trying to bring into the club.
So I make a phone call last night to someone who's elmered me quite a bit and he told me something that stunned me. I've been invited back to that same club meeting next month and the reason he gave is this...
There are more people than I think who feel the same way I do and several have already commented on how they are impressed with the fact that I'm the only one who had the cajones to talk about it on the air and why I wasn't renewing my membership for '05.
Seems to me they're about to have a coup-de-tat in the club and they need supporters. But like I told someone the other day, the personalities and the fighting need to stop. When it all boils right down to it, we're all on the same side in Amateur Radio......
Anthony - W8ANT
The Answer To Life Is Simple - 42
Hey, so be it. Open mouth and insert foot.
I express my opinions too. And it has caused me a lot of problems and some fights in life. But then I love a challenge.
I would rather confront you openly with my opinion. If you don't like it, stay away from me.
I don't care about networking and I am not into policitcs or religion, but I don't condemn those that are, it's their choice.
Some people can't live with this type of attitude. It does work for me.
73 de Ken
US Army Radio Operator/Instructor 1966-72
MOS 05B~Intermediate Speed CW/Phone operator~~and many other duties "as assigned"
I hope you get your club straightened out. I only disagree with the method. This would have been better done at a meeting instead of over the air. Remeber not just club members may be listening. A prospective member may be scared off by this. Just a thought. We had a similar situation here in the Atlanta area and after a lot of infighting got it straightened out.
Originally Posted by [b
Club politics.. one of the reasons I am not really active in any of the local clubs..
A duel is the only solution. I suggest large caliber weapons at 40 paces.
Politics taking any time at all during "public" club meetings cause the death of a lot of clubs. If there's political infighting within the club officiary, they should have their own meetings, without the membership and the general public invited, to work them out and put on a united front at the general meetings.
Open club meetings should be fun to attend, and as soon as they're not, the club disbands.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw
ANT, no surprise on the situation there.
While not the same here, it is rather how I ended up with the VP slot on the group I belong to, and considering who I was up against, it was a surprise.
Make the most of it, and effect any positive change you can. Getting a position makes for more opportunity to do so
Just imagine, How it would have been if Wally and the Beaver had been licensed.
Scio me nihil Scire: Socrates
Say what you feel on VHF-FM simplex, so they can't boot you off the repeater!
A repeater is a hangout for a close knit little social club so watch what you say. To put in my own words what someone else said, they can't shut down simplex on you. Then I know a local ham who can time it out! (;->)
73 de Warren, KB2VXA
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
73 de Warren KB2VXA
Good for you. Clubs fill different voids for different people. Some people want power, some want intrugue, some want a soap opera. For these folks it is either to supplement or superimpose their daily life. Then there is the person who just wants to belong to a club for the fraternity and ability to pitch in and help. They see the bickering and cliques and fast decide it isn't right form them.
It's interesting that you referred to an upcomming coup. The implication is a clique-ish government being overthrown. People get in power because other people won't speak up. I can't imagine that but some folks are that way. As I said, good for you. If more people said what they thought albeit politely, the emporers would all have to wear clothes like the rest of us.