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Re: NFC: Nominations, Two.

I wasn't even aware that self-nomination was okay!  I've never been a member 
of a group where it was before.  Learn something new everyday.  (but may I 
say I'm just as happy that NFC will stay a small, fairly cohesive group?  
I've watched too many organizations where one person was constantly looking 
for fault, and exasperated everyone else into leaving to ever want it to 
happen to the NFC.)

I also wanted to thank whoever nominated me, and explain that while I 
really, really wanted to run (and even sent my acceptance to Joshua 
initially) I discovered that the USFWS (my employer) is going through an 
ethics/conflict-of-interest panic attack after a few bad apple incidents 
recently with the current result being that employees can no longer be 
voting members of any conservation-related organization.  (we used to be 
able to take a short ethics training course, sign a statement, & get 
permission from a regional director--which was my plan when I accepted--but 
that option has been removed)

I sincerely think that the current nominees will do a wonderful job and I 
can't even begin to imagine anyone other than Robert as president.

-Kristine Massin

>From: Chris Hedemark <chris at yonderway_com>
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>Date: 07 Mar 2002 15:57:21 -0500
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>Good afternoon folks.  It's the oversight police again.
>On Thu, 2002-02-28 at 20:26, Joshua Wiegert wrote:
> > This is a present up-date as to who is running.....  This is the last 
>day to
> > e-mail any nominations, so GET THEM OUT NOW. :)
>This made a lot of sense until you add the numbers:
> > Nominated and Accepted.
> > Robert Rice, President (still only presidential candidate. Everyone else 
> > the board.)
> > Paul Sachs
> > Konrad Schmidt
> > Luke McClurg
>That gives you four people running for the board out of five open slots
>(three officers, two alternates)
> > Nominated and not YET accepted -- please contact me as to whether or not
> > you're going to.
> > Sajjad Lateef
> > Joe T.
>Sajjad has since declined.  So now it will be quite impossible to fill
>the five seats with the current lineup, even if Joe runs.
>Believe it or not, I do want to help.  I wrote to Josh, and offered my
>own time for the next round of elections.  I had no illusions that the
>majority of people listed above would elect me into one of the officer
>positions but I'd at least be willing to sit in as an alternate in case
>we lose another officer like we did with our treasurer.
>Josh is a very reasonable guy, IMHO, but he felt he couldn't make the
>decision on his own.  He went back to RR and asked if my name should be
>included on the ballot.  Our president said "no".
>It's not like the ballot has gone out or anything.  And it's not like
>there are already enough names to fill the available seats.  I honestly
>think if it were anyone else stepping forward, that they would have been
>included on the ballot.  Instead, Mr. Rice would rather *appoint* the
>two alternates to the BOD.
>After the last bit of controversy that surrounded the mismanagement of
>our club, I was disappointed in Mr. Rice's handling of the matter but
>satisfied that he would try to fix the situation.  Now I am not so
>sure.  This, my fellow fish heads, is an example of politics at work.
>Instead of accepting a volunteer into an alternate position in the BOD,
>Mr. Rice instead decided to silently decline my offer and allow the
>ballots to go out with one or two fewer names on them than their were
>seats available.  In other words, there will not be an election, Mr.
>Rice will be your president for the next three years by default, and the
>three people that have accepted nominations will be your officers.
>I think it would have been appropriate for Mr. Rice to at least consult
>the general membership before flatly declining any sort of competition
>on the ballot.
>Yes, my offer came in a few days late.  I wasn't even going to put my
>name in until I noticed the names of nominees numbered fewer than the
>number of BOD positions.
>The NFC ended the year 2001 learning of secrets hidden by our officers.
>The NFC is going into 2002 (and the next three years) with dirty hands
>at the helm again.
>I do not wish to be a part of such an organization.  Association with it
>tarnishes my good name.  Please remove me from the roster, and terminate
>my membership.
>| Rev. Chris Hedemark, DD
>| Hillsborough, NC
>| http://yonderway.com
>| GPG Public Key - http://yonderway.com/chris/hedemark.gpg

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