Unfortunately, this article (“Members gearing up,” Sun City Independent, Sept. 21, 2022) leaves out a lot of very important information.
You really have had to attend the last, Sept. 12, member/board exchange or watched it on the Recreation Centers of Sun City YouTube channel to see and hear the totality of how ridiculous their made-up rules really are.
The first item we need to address are those 14-point procedures on voting read by Jerry Walczak. Not only were those 14 points not established by the Election Committee, they also violate their own bylaws. You see, the bylaws currently mandate that every vote taken at any meeting of the members shall be by ballot, so having a standing-count vote is not an option. That particular bylaw cannot be suspended. However, they could amend the bylaws and remove that requirement from the bylaws prior to the next membership meeting.
By the way, does anybody remember receiving ballots at last year’s annual membership meeting when you checked in? No. That’s because they knew they weren’t going allow any votes!
Ballot voting is a very long and cumbersome method of voting and should be reserved for elections and for disciplinary proceedings.
I also find it interesting that the board wants the members to wait until the revised bylaws are approved before we get to vote on any bylaw amendments, but the board is still amending the bylaws at their own meetings! Why doesn’t the board have to wait the same as the members? Rules for me but not for thee!
Look, it’s totally ridiculous that the members are being prevented from voting at their own membership meeting, especially when we clearly have been granted with the power to do so by the articles of incorporation. They use the “affairs of the corporation” as the reason but they don’t define what the “affairs of the corporation” are! My interpretation and their interpretation are miles apart, but that’s the excuse they use to prevent us from voting.
Funny thing is, when a bylaw is ambiguous, there are only two ways to resolve it. You either interpret it in accordance with the intention of the organization at the time the bylaw was adopted, or it can be determined by the membership by a majority vote. But how can the members ever determine its meaning if we’re never allowed to vote?
Bottom line is, one can only assume that it’s the RCSC and board’s intentions to discourage members from attending their own membership meeting.
Please continue to attend the annual membership meeting as frustrating and waste of time it may appear to be. The meeting is 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Sundial Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., and onLine voting for the board begins Monday, Nov. 7.
The right to vote can only truly be deprived through a disciplinary procedure, not by the whims of whoever may be the chair at the next meeting! If we vote for the right people as our new board directors we can gain back our voting rights. If you vote for a tyrant, expect to be treated tyrannical!