Re: Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
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From what I can piece together from the website and recent committee minutes, I think the ARRL governance/management structure looks something like this:
I’m unclear about whether the ad hoc committees report to anyone! I guess they were approved by the Board but may each have been established under one of the standing or advisory committees. Or not.
I’m also unclear about the purposes and remits of the committees, aside from their names … which aren’t exactly obvious to me.
There doesn’t appear to be a DXCC or awards committee as such: is that the DX Advisory Committee, I wonder? And why are they and the contest advisory committees both ‘adrvisory’: do they have no powers of their own? What about the ad hoc committeess: do they advise, do or what?
All in all, there are a lot of uncertainties here unless I have simply missed a load more information, which is entirely possible! I am a long way from HQ after all.
From: ARRL-Contesting@... <ARRL-Contesting@...> On Behalf Of Ria, N2RJ
Sent: 30 January 2021 14:03
Subject: Re: [ARRL-Contesting] Encouraging Casual Participation in Contests
Like I said, engage. Don’t take pot shots. It’s counterproductive. I see that all the time in various places on social media. It wasn’t aimed at you specifically.
And yes I do engage but when people just throw bombs rather than engage in dialogue I may just stop. It’s not helping. There’s a guy in 4 or 5 land who constantly does this on Twitter. I’m at the point where I just ignore him.
I can’t speak for Jim. He was very thoughtful in the boardroom. I could pick up the phone and call him and talk about stuff. But email, forget it. A lot of the board will talk on the phone with you.
I agree we need to explain in plain English the structure of governance.
But in a nutshell -
The board has a vote on everything. The board can collectively overrule anything. Period. It’s a power that isn’t supposed to be used frivolously, mind you. But it may be necessary in extreme circumstances.
The president runs the meetings and has a tie breaking vote. The president also has the power to appoint committees. He also has a vote on the executive committee.
The executive committee runs the show between full board meetings and is comprised of five elected directors, ceo and the president.
The CEO serves at the pleasure of the board but has a lot of leeway. Like I said, we are supposed to let him or her run the organization without micromanagement but in extreme cases we can override things if necessary. But let’s not go there. It’s not supposed to get there. We are supposed to hire a good CEO and trust him or her to run the org.
The standing committees meet and generate motions for the board to consider. Some things don’t need full board vote such as contest rules. PSC considers member facing programs - contesting, DXing, awards, emcomm. There may be a move to separate the emcomm function.
Administration and finance deals with the business side of the league including IT. This includes things like budgets, expenditures, and technology. A&F will generate motions for the full board but in the bylaws can also approve certain things.
The other committees are tasked with specific items like RFI, EMC etc.
But as I’ve said, the full board can override absolutely anything. It’s a power that is supposed to be used sparingly.
Hope this helps.
On Fri, Jan 29, 2021 at 7:40 PM Skip <k6dgw@...> wrote: