Update on Member Relations
August 18, 2015: As I have communicated with you last week, we have offered the former members who were litigating against the Club an opportunity to return to the membership for purposes of pushing a By-Laws amendment to meet their needs. This effort is intended to try and keep member issues out of court and deliberated within our Club framework: The By-Laws. Regardless of the outcome of a By-Laws vote at the Annual Meeting in November, we are hopeful this will allow the lawsuit to be dropped permanently and no members will need to be dismissed as a consequence.
The Board is allowing the plaintiffs some extra time to consider the matter between themselves. The By-Laws Committee has been working with a group of members who sponsored a By-Laws amendment to “grandfather” Senior Members to their status before the September 7, 2014, Special Meeting.
In the meantime, let me urge all members to refrain from engaging in rhetoric that will inflame matters. It is a fact that members on all sides of this issue have, at times, given themselves to unkind words and characterizations that were unflattering – to say the least. The steps the Board has taken and the time we have allowed the members who were litigating and were subject to discipline are meant to allow for a period of reflection and discussion in the hopes that the Club can finally move forward.
Please, please, please, be respectful in your conversations – whether verbal or by email. If someone approaches you about the issue and you don’t want to talk about it, please say so. Talk about the Orioles or how the Nationals are a disappointment (a pressing concern of mine). If you do want to talk about the issue with willing members, please be aware that conversations are best had in civil tones without vitriol.
The Board will work hard to keep the members informed, but we need your help to make the atmosphere of the Club as civil as possible. We may get a compromise and we may not. Either way, let’s keep our voices and our rhetoric down and don’t send emails out too late at night. That is what my teenagers have told me, at least. They are better at handling their electronic conversations than our generation.