Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dexter, Michigan USA
AROC Convention Planner's Thread
I wondered if Enrique had fallen off a cliff somewhere.....
Anyway, I disagree with Enrique's statement that you would have to drag people in if they're not willing to come to the current 8 hour board meeting. I think the town meeting format offers some opportunities that are not available in the present board meeting configuration and that is that it is agenda driven. The board meeting does not allow off-agenda items to be addressed and the agenda items have to be submitted some time before the annual convention.
I'm not sure that I want two meetings, but certainly an open, non-agenda driven meeting, imo, would draw people that felt they could speak their minds and not be confined by agenda titles or trying to make what they have to say fit an agenda topic.
If the board could consolidate its agenda items into a half day, say the afternoon half, which would allow for run-over into the evening hours, then maybe the first half of the day could be used for a town meeting format, and it would allow those items to be discussed by the board, if merited, where the reverse would not work as well. Granted, it would mean that the agenda would have to be more flexible and allow items to be added at the last minute, if needed for the afternoon based on the morning discussion.
I think one of the biggest problems with attendance at the board meeting is the positioning in the convention week. Only long time, die-hard members are the ones you see making the time to come in early for it. So while Enrique, may feel in the minority about the Concours starting off the convention, I can see the advantage of getting more Alfisti to the convention earlier, which should increase the draw for the board meeting attendance. While I don't participate in the concours, never have, and never will, because I was brought up that Alfas are to be loved, driven, and enjoyed; not garaged or treated as trailer queens, I can certainly see the advantage to people in Enrique's position who combine the love and enjoyment of every day driving with the concours. It is a burden, those people miss much of the convention since they spend most of their time washing, rewashing, waxing etc. their cars after each use where the concours is currently positioned in the schedule. It is also true unless you know the cars, by the time the awards are announced, they're gone as far as viewing them.
Another alternative would be to use the town meeting in place of what some of us consider offensive at the banquet, making a joke out of a very serious matter, a legitimate non-profit organization conducting business as a joke. This still creates a problem of an additional meeting unless it is merged or positioned just before the banquet starts; this would also solve the problem of a quorum being present for what is usually conducted during the banquet. Yes, there would have to be some provision or tracking for those who wish to attend the meeting, but do not have banquet tickets.
(Not an authority nor SME on anything, just PATSYF)