#04: Electronic Meetings

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Sat May 31 14:07:39 UTC 2003

On Sat, May 31, 2003 at 08:59:29AM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> Our next item of old business is #04, electronic meetings.  

I'm not sure what I think about this one yet.  Here are some of my thoughts:

1. I think that actually holding e-mail meetings is, at best, a stretch of
the bylaws.  I know there is disagreement on that point, but I think we can
all agree that if we want to permit that, we should make it clear.

2. I continue to believe that a lot of the quorum and e-mail problems are a
result of the board failing to delegate to committees as anticipated in the
original bylaws.  Yet, in a very real sense, we are still in an initial
"ramp up" phase (yes, even after these years) with getting accounting
procedures in place, etc.  I could see a "sunset clause" (e-mail meetings
are authorized for one year, for instance) being of use.

3. If for some reason we can't address #2, I'd be in favor of a workable
conservative e-mail voting mechanism.  However, my preference is to treat
the problem rather than its symptoms.


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