Re: Revisiting the December 2008 GC Meeting.
May 15, 2009 00:03 AM
by Anton Rozman
Dear Ramadoss and all,
>The group of those who voted against all nominations have not come forward identifying themselves and their justifications for their votes.<
My understanding of the functioning of any public organization is that important information in regard to the work of its bodies is normally provided to the interested public (certainly membership included) by the administrative office of the organization. But it seems to me that although this service of the administration of the international Theosophical Society is presently absent the information you are looking for is available on the following links:
--- In email@example.com, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> Revisiting the December 2008 GC Meeting.
> One of the less noticed facts in the December 2008 General Council meeting
> proceedings, is the deep division that is reflected in the votes cast for
> the nominated members/officials, which led to the president having to break
> a tie in one or more cases.
> Traditionally, nominated individuals are elected unanimously and a group
> consistently voting against all nominations is perhaps the first time in the
> history of the TS. Of course, we should remember that the election of 2008
> was rather unusual in the tactics used to unsuccessfully defeat a sitting
> The group of those who voted against all nominations have not come forward
> identifying themselves and their justifications for their votes. It is to be
> noted that nominations are always done with greatest care and the nominees
> are always long term dedicated members of TS and for anyone to vote against
> them says more about the voting GC members than the nominees. It looks like
> this group feels safe in hiding behind the anonymity for now. We have no
> reason not to suspect that this group is the one which tried to defeat the
> sitting president and their votes may be a reaction to their unsuccessful
> attempt in getting their candidate elected.
> The membership growth and retention outside India is in a sorry situation.
> In the Internet Age, where organizational leaders no longer control the
> medium of communication with their members and followers, when potential
> members and newbees, learn about the above situation in conjunction with the
> events surrounding the election and the aftermath including the secret
> attempt to disenfranchise members world-wide, they will be left confused
> when they see the big chasm between the main Object and Motto of TS and the
> actions of the leaders.
> For any effective leader to lead an organization such as TS, where there is
> full autonomy at the Section and Lodge levels, the level of trust members
> have and public see, are very critical. IMHO, all of the above seems to have
> left many members to hold their leaders at a low level of trust and every
> possible step should be taken to rebuild it, before TS can start growing. It
> is a pipe dream to think that somehow, given time, things will improve.
> Another issue that is also the perception of many members is that most
> leaders are not seen as wise Elders but seen as Old people who should get
> out of the way and not cause trouble to the TS with their impractical ideas.
> Looking at the past history, all organizations which have grown, are all
> lead by people who dedicated prime of their life, full time for the cause.
> Let us all pray for good luck to save the TS from the present man/woman made
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