Friday, 10 April 2015
Rewriting bits of the Bye-Laws
20 February 2015, 1.30 pm
At the last Council meeting, Council said What’s all this about amending membership categories in the Bye-Laws? You can’t do that. You can only amend the bits about holding meetings.
So we reconvene the Working-Group-for-Rewriting-the-Bye-Laws-but-only-Bits-of-Them. And we do not talk about membership categories at all, no sir. But we do talk about how to elect the President and the Vice-President. It becomes apparent in this context that you can either have Democracy, where CIPA members are free to vote for anyone they want but no-one volunteers to be voted for, or you can have Succession Planning, in which case Council finds a potential Vice-President and tells CIPA members they are free to vote for that person, and CIPA members then say What kind of choice is that? This creates a tension that is difficult to resolve. So we do not resolve it.
We do not decide anything about holding meetings either. Perhaps we are hoping to do that next time. The ceiling-mounted espionage system gazes down on us sadly, then winks at me. My heart soars.