At the auDA Special General Meeting on the 31st July, the Board and CEO acknowledged to members that there were many things they could have done better in the past. They promised they were now listening, and they committed to change certain things.
And top marks to them – because in the main, they have done so – and by the looks of it, continue to do so. Many of us say “well done”.
One Issue Still Needs Addressing
But there is one vexing issue that the Board really needs to remedy quickly. And that is membership applications. Under 9.9.a of the Constitution, the Board should determine such applications at the very next board meeting.
There are some people that have had their membership applications in for months (and paid their fees), and they have still not been decided. These prospective members feel disenfranchised because they cannot have a say in auDA’s future. They want to vote at this year’s AGM, but under the “3 month rule” in the Constitution, they are ineligible.
Given that auDA encourages new members on their website, they should deal with applications promptly!
Here’s A Constructive Suggestion
Approve these applications at your Board Meeting today, and resolve that the effective date of membership is determined from the date that the application fees were received. In other words, backdate them. This would be seen as a very fair and reasonable decision.
There are many organisations (including Governmental) that determine “effective dates” from date of application or submission – despite such applications maybe not being formally assessed or approved for weeks or months.
Over to you auDA. Please show that you’re still listening.
Ned O’Meara – 26th September 2017