Nicely eloquent, Phil.
I’m going with a somewhat shorter version … as follows.
Good morning Gentlemen and ladies.
Please consider the following as direct feedback, input and guidance from existing members in good standing. In the interest of simplicity, I will address these three subjects by numbered point without preamble:
1. Motion to Honor Membership Contracts — I find any accidental or intentional efforts or outcomes which essentially defraud paid membership of contracted benefits little less than an affront to all membership. Allowing folks to be shorted on something they’ve already paid for is erroneous and unworthy.
2. Motion to Replace Bylaw 46 — No one is being fooled here. This idea is an odious shenanigan on it’s face, and deeply flawed in its content and intent. The fact that this idea actually made it out of a private conversation as a serious suggestion places both the job performance and essential character of all involved under question, and stinks of attempting both mis and malfeasance. You can’t fix what introducing it has already done to reputations, but you can limit the damage by dropping it and burying it where it fell.
3. Motion to Establish a Reduced Youth Dues Rate — This one is actually a good idea. We support this. It’s just unfortunate to be found and considered in the poisonous company of the former rotten idea.
Ladies and gentlemen, I will conclude by inserting portions of my missive sent to Steven Smith, our ARRL section manager.
“ … it seems to me that the ARRL hierarchy has recently (and successfully) been using their own toes — and live rounds — for target practice.
Most hams are far from stupid, and rank and file members are notorious for voting with their feet, and suddenly closed checkbooks.”
Dan Beard (KB7JZI)
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