I have a question about some things that are in the works within NASSA right now and maybe someone can clarify some of this for me.
Are we going to start getting membership input on some of the changes that are being discussed? Lack of education regarding impending changes caused a lot of hard feelings and confusion in previous years, so wouldn't it make sense to avoid a similar situation in the future? I guess I just feel as if we are always left in the dark until things are done and over, and would like to see a way for that kind of thing to cease. We voted the board members into office as representatives for us, which I don't feel gives anyone a rubber stamp to move forward with changes to by-laws and documents without a serious attempt to educate the folks you are representing.
Why aren't some of the impending changes posted on the chat list for discussion? I've seen some very civil and intelligent discussions on that list and since you have to be a member to be included, there is no reason to NOT have those discussions.
The chat list has made other members points much clearer to me in the past, and I have no reason to believe that it wouldn't do exactly the same thing in the future.
There are some changes being discussed for the judges packet right now, and I think they are important and critical changes. I'd like to see that discussion presented to the membership for input. Whether this changes the minds of the board members when making a deciding vote or not is up for debate, but we should at least have the opportunity to have our voices be heard. It promotes good will and I think it's a fair thing to allow membership discussion.
Let's start this new year with a real effort towards unity.