[AARA] FW: [LCC] Your Position on ARRL Matters

Roland Guidry rguidry at na5q.us
Sun Jan 7 18:33:05 CST 2018

This Gentlemen are questions that needed to be ask our respective
representatives. Scott Dickerson has done a swell job, now lets wait for
some answers. The ARRL may not be happy with our representatives.

Roland NA5Q

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From: LCC [mailto:lcc-bounces at louisianacontestclub.org] On Behalf Of
w5wz at w5wz.com
Sent: Sunday, January 7, 2018 4:16 PM
To: k5uz at arrl.org; wb4rhq at arrl.org
Cc: lcc at louisianacontestclub.org
Subject: [LCC] Your Position on ARRL Matters

David Norris, K5UZ
Ed Hudgens, WB4RHQ


As an ARRL Life member, a member of the ARRL affiliated NELARC (Northeast
Louisiana Amateur Radio Club), and a charter member of the ARRL affiliated
Louisiana Contest Club, I have some questions that I'd appreciate your
response to.

1. What is your position on the recent "disqualification" of the SE Division
Director and the subsequent non-election of his successor ?

2. What is your position on the recent censure of Dick Norton, N6AA ?

3. What is your position on the upcoming proposed changes to ARRL Governing
Documents?  There are listed below 16 specific proposed changes that need to
be responded to individually.  You may also wish to address the "why" some
of these changes are needed.

In the Articles of Association,
- Removing the ability of the Executive Committee to present items for a
vote by the full board of directors in between board meetings by mail or

- Requiring compliance with the League's new code of conduct for directors
as a condition of eligibility to seek election as a director, vice director
or officer;

- Providing the board with the ability to remove from office or apply "other
appropriate sanctions for cause" directors, vice directors and officers
(more details are in proposed changes to the by-laws);

- Two new articles limit any financial liability of current, past and future
directors and officers for "breach of duty" to the amount of compensation
received for serving on the board (which is zero), and provided that the
League will cover their legal expenses in fighting such claims, except in
cases of knowingly violating the law; receiving or helping someone else
receive "improper personal economic gain,"
"conscious disregard" of his/her duty as a director or officer, or a
"sustained and unexcused pattern of inattention" that constitutes an
"abdication" of the person's responsibility as a director.

In the By-Laws:
- A new provision allowing the board of directors, by majority vote, to
revoke individual memberships "for cause ... after affording the member an
opportunity to respond in writing;"

- Removing a specific dues rate from the By-Laws, instead stating that the
dues shall be an amount set by the board of directors (effectively making it
possible for the board to raise dues by a majority vote rather than the
two-thirds to three-fourths vote required for changing the By-Laws);

- Eliminating the current provision allowing a life membership to be
transferred to a surviving spouse after the death of the primary member;

- Removing the right of vice directors to attend board meetings, except by
invitation of the directors;

- Several changes to make language more gender-neutral;

- Prohibiting initiating recall elections for directors during the first
6 months of a three-year term of office or after June 1 of the term's final

- Adding a provision permitting the full board, by majority vote, to rescind
or reverse actions taken by the Executive Committee between board meetings;

- Providing for the Ethics and Elections Committee to determine whether
candidates for office are in compliance with the board's conflict of
interest policy and code of conduct;

- Incorporating the board's conflict of interest policy and code of conduct
into the By-Laws;

- Allowing the board to remove from office - by 2/3 vote - any officer,
director or vice director "for cause" by revoking that person's ARRL
membership; after providing the subject of such action with an opportunity
for a hearing prior to the board vote;

- Allowing the board to reprimand or censure a member in lieu of removal;
but in this case, "No advance notice or opportunity to be heard shall be
applicable to the censure vote."

- Prohibiting current, future and past board members from taking the League
or any of its officers or directors to court as a result of disputes among
board members or between a board member and the League as a whole; rather,
any disputes would be required to be submitted to binding arbitration; and
"As a condition of service or continued service as an Officer, Director or
Vice Director, all Officers, Directors, Vice Directors and candidates for
such office will expressly waive any right to sue anyone acting on behalf of
the Corporation in court either during their term of office or thereafter."

4.  What is your position on a second, separate, motion that proposes to
make the president and three vice presidents full voting members of the
board of directors (currently, the vice presidents have no vote and the
president votes only to break a tie). The officers would not be able to vote
on their own elections, however.

5. In addition, the motion would make the president a full voting member of
all board committees (currently the president is a non-voting "ex-oficio"
member), and would allow the president to appoint one vice president as a
voting member of the executive committee. The vice presidents are currently
non-voting members of that committee, which is responsible for making policy
decisions in between full board meetings.


Scott Dickson, W5WZ
W5WZ at W5WZ.com

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