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  1. W2AI

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    A Note to Members from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR
    01/15/2018

    In the last few weeks, the ARRL’s Board of Directors has been the
    subject of an organized misinformation campaign. It is being
    orchestrated by a group of hams, some of whom are well-intentioned but
    have been misled. This effort, which consists of a series of
    mischaracterizations, initially dealt with (1) the ARRL Board’s
    censure of an ARRL Director, and (2) some proposed revisions to ARRL’s
    Articles of Association and Bylaws that are likely to be considered at
    the upcoming ARRL Board meeting and which were circulated by a member of
    the Board. None of the proposed Article and Bylaw changes has yet been
    addressed by the Board of Directors. More recently, other equally
    erroneous and false statements have been made with respect to completely
    unrelated issues, in an effort to draw into question ARRL’s
    decision-making processes. The principal suggestion is that ARRL
    operates under some “cloak of secrecy.” The criticism is unfair and
    undeserved.

    ARRL’s representative system of governance, which has worked
    exceptionally well in the advocacy and promotion of Amateur Radio and
    the interests of ARRL members for more than 100 years, is unchanged. And
    the legislative and other advocacy positions currently being pursued are
    critical to the long-term survivability of the Amateur Radio Service.

    The ARRL Board does seek thoughtful, informed input on policy issues
    concerning Amateur Radio from its roughly 150,000 members. ARRL’s
    governance structure provides that regionally elected, volunteer
    directors will represent the interests of the members in their
    respective Divisions, working collectively and collegially within our
    Board to make policy and to advocate their constituents’ interests.
    ARRL’s Board members hold cabinet meetings and forums at hamfests and
    conventions, and they staff ARRL booths at hamfests and conventions in
    order to find out what interests and concerns you have as ARRL members.
    They take this feedback from you, and they come to Board meetings twice
    a year to make policy for the organization. They work together
    collegially to develop the best policy decisions. This structure
    presumes that the Board’s collective wisdom is far greater than that
    of any one Board member, and each Board member is obligated by our
    Articles and Bylaws to come to meetings with a good idea of what the
    members need and what is best for Amateur Radio as a whole.

    As is the case with most large, national non-profit associations, ARRL
    Board meetings are not open to the public. It has always been that way,
    as a matter of necessity. That is because, at all such meetings,
    confidential issues such as spectrum protection, employee compensation,
    financial information, and FCC submissions are candidly discussed, and
    the members’ interests at those meetings are advocated by the
    Directors on a representative basis.

    Unfortunately, it was necessary for the Board to take the highly unusual
    action of publicly censuring one of its members recently. The Board
    heard the allegations made by an ARRL member of what transpired at an
    Amateur Radio event; it heard reports from other amateurs who were
    there, and it heard all the information that the Director involved chose
    to present. Everyone had a chance to speak and to evaluate the
    presentations. The Board, in an 11 to 3 vote with one abstention, took
    action to protect the organization’s integrity based on the
    information presented. This process and procedure are what nonprofit
    associations have to be prepared to employ, and do employ, to maintain
    order within their organizations and to ensure that the interests of the
    affected Director are protected as well. This is not a procedure that
    any nonprofit organization would conduct publicly.

    The ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board
    of Directors and Vice Directors has been drawn into question, probably
    as the result of the fact that the Board’s censure decision was based
    upon a violation of that policy by the Director involved. The Policy is
    intended to protect the democratic decision-making processes by which
    ARRL has operated effectively for so long, and to set forth principles
    to guide an organization’s decision making and the behavior of
    individual board members when acting on behalf of ARRL. When it was
    adopted by the Board a year ago, it was posted for ARRL members to read.
    The policy calls for honesty, integrity, transparency, confidentiality,
    and equity. The purpose of adopting such a statement formally is to
    provide employees, volunteers, and board members with guidelines for
    making ethical choices and to ensure that there is accountability for
    those choices.

    When board members of a nonprofit adopt a code of ethics, they are
    expressing their commitment to ethical behavior. It is intended to
    protect the Board’s deliberations and to protect the staff from
    inappropriate actions by Board members. It seeks to preclude precisely
    the type of selective disclosures and unilateral and subjective
    characterizations of proposed Board actions that have happened recently.
    There is nothing at all insidious about the policy, which is subject to
    regular review and modification, as are all other ARRL organizational
    documents.

    As to the criticism of the proposed Articles and Bylaws changes, the
    Board has not yet considered them. It may or may not adopt some or all
    of the changes recommended by its Executive Committee or by an
    individual Director. Any responsible Board of Directors regularly
    reviews, amends and updates its Articles and Bylaws. And ARRL member
    input is welcome on all such subjects. Indeed, the recommended Article
    and Bylaw changes were not considered to be Board confidential. The
    problem, however, is that it is not fair to members, or to the
    representative Directors who have yet to evaluate them collectively, to
    have the proposals mischaracterized or misrepresented.

    ARRL Directors are volunteers. They are smart, dedicated radio amateurs
    who each devote thousands of hours per year of their own time to
    representing you as best they can.

    To those who try to suggest that the Board has abandoned its obligation
    to the members in favor of the organization — you draw a distinction
    that doesn’t exist. The Board absolutely understands that the members
    are the organization. The members of ARRL are always best served by an
    informed Board that works together to make policy that is in the best
    interests of the organization. The divisive tactics that are being used
    now, commenced through disinformation and a lack of candor, are harmful
    not only to the organization, but to Amateur Radio operators everywhere,
    the good work of the ARRL staff, and the Service that we love so much.

    Rick Roderick, K5UR, President

    ARRL — the national association for Amateur Radio
     
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  2. WR3V

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    Strangely absent was any mention of the CEO and his BS.
     
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  3. N4UP

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    I remain perplexed over all this. But at least we now have some insight into the censure. That understanding has ( some ) value.

    "Unfortunately, it was necessary for the Board to take the highly unusual
    action of publicly censuring one of its members recently. The Board
    heard the allegations made by an ARRL member of what transpired at an
    Amateur Radio event; it heard reports from other amateurs who were
    there, and it heard all the information that the Director involved chose
    to present. Everyone had a chance to speak and to evaluate the
    presentations. The Board, in an 11 to 3 vote with one abstention, took
    action to protect the organization’s integrity based on the
    information presented. This process and procedure are what nonprofit
    associations have to be prepared to employ, and do employ, to maintain
    order within their organizations and to ensure that the interests of the
    affected Director are protected as well. This is not a procedure that
    any nonprofit organization would conduct publicly."
     
  4. K1VSK

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    This letter insults the intelligence of everyone who knows what happened, perpetuates the false premise that member feedback is important and clearly distorts by inaccurately trivializing the changes to the Articles and Bylaws being considered.
     
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  5. WF4W

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    a board member went against the board, violated their adopted code of ethics, and began a campaign against the ARRL which has been supported by many members of this forum.

    Think about this people, the censured member was censured by 11 of his peers so he was obviously in the wrong. And what K5UR writes about proposed changes to Articles and Bylaws is exactly true - they are proposed changes, not fully enacted changes. Anyone who has served on a board of directors knows how this works; sadly, it's evident that the vast majority who are railing against the ARRL are uninformed as to the standard process surrounding changes to charter articles, bylaws, etc.

    I still support the ARRL and will be writing my representative to propose the offending board member be removed from the board.
     
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  6. N7ZAL

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    Head in the sand time and they still don't "get it." :(
     
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  7. K1VSK

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    It's obvious the changes are proposed. We know that. We also know the intent of these changes and are not as naive as you imply regarding the substantive issues here. Clearly, opinions differ but please don't do what the League has done which is to insult our intelligence by saying those who "are railing against....are uninformed". We're not!
     
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  8. AJ2I

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    It's just a hobby!
     
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  9. KY5U

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    Transltion: Cobb in Silverado, "He was given a "fair" trial followed by a first class hanging. "
    Note: Just because everyone speaks does not indicate the proceedings were fair.
    Translation: The policy is intended to scare the crap out of anyone who would dare cross us.
    Note: Notice how "Policy" is capitalized. Ta Dah! The Policy! Think it is important in his mind?
    Translation: Wait until we pass the changes to complain. Complaining before is disruptive.
    Note: (No comment about the Pelosiesque statement...) Someone is composing the form letter to give you the brush off if you complain after it passes.
    Translation: If I say it does not exist, it does not exist. Ignore your eyes and ears.
    Note: The term "Pulling the wool over my eyes" comes to mind.

    Comment:

    They debunk your arguments by essentially stating every one is true only using what I call "weasel words" to defend themselves. The fact that they feel compelled to issue a statement means amateurs need to keep up the pressure. A mere "statement" does nothing to address the issues, only defend them. "It was always done this way" is no guarantee it is an up to date process.
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
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  10. K2XT

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    It is as if he hasn't read the extensive comments and letters published here and on myarrlvoice.org by some very, very knowledgeable hams, in some cases representing large organizations such as FRC, YCCC, PVRC. Or maybe he doesn't care.
    At any rate he definitely hasn't gotten the message.
    He thinks we are all bluffing?
     
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