Aiken County TEA Party Implodes?
Now, why can’t we all just get along? ~SCHotline
From: Aiken county Tea party <email@example.com>
Subject: Letter of resignation
I write to you today, not in my usual capacity of Director of Internet Affairs, but as an individual member of this organization. Also, despite being a member of the Aiken County Tea Party, the contents of this e-mail only represents me and not the organization.
Last night, I sent you a website update which is something I try to do on a regular basis. Shortly after that, I sent an e-mail to six members of the ACTP.
Three of those serve on the Executive Committee with me: Chairman Jerry Guerin, Second Vice Chairman Mike Vasovski, and Treasurer Ken Goad. I included Kathy Pate who is filling in as Secretary at the January 10 meeting. Also, I included Keith Bashant and Walter Lamb, who are relevant to the subject of the e-mail.
In the e-mail, I proposed a plan for the election of officers, including myself at the January 10 meeting. I also requested that two items be place on the agenda. The first one is to have Tony Powers speak about the Augusta Tax Day Tea Party. The second one is to allow the first Chairman of the Aiken County Tea Party, Colen Lindell, to propose a resolution honoring and thanking Pete Seaha for his service and dedication to the ACTP. Colen contacted members of the Executive Committee with his request to be added to the agenda on December 31. I felt it was a great idea.
Later that night I received a response from our Chairman Jerry Guerin. I have included the correspondence below – my original e-mail along with his response (which is the one on top).
I spent last night and most of today pondering Jerry’s words and trying to reconcile the fact that these words are from the leader of our Tea Party. At what point did we lose the right to send the Chairman of the ACTP an e-mail suggesting items be placed on the agenda or ideas about the meeting? At what point did my position become so dispensable that I can be told that I can replaced “tomorrow”? Finally, at what point did mere suggestions from one Executive Committee member to other Executive Committee members merit such a tirade full of contempt? Was this not the exact antithesis of what the Tea Party stands for?
I had no answers.
After thoughtful consideration, I am hereby announcing my resignation as
Director of Internet Affairs effective immediately. As my last act in this
position, I am changing my profile on the Officers page to “vacant.” I
am in the
process of making a list of any representation of the ACTP, along with
and passwords that are on the Internet that was known about or created
service. I will not serve in an interim position.
My wife Traci and I will continue being members of the Aiken County Tea Party.
We are still discussing whether to attend Monday’s meeting.
I think most of you can tell I enjoyed my position and truly took pride in
maintaining our website. I leave my position knowing that I made the ACTP a
better organization because of my contribution. But there is a season for
everything. In my heart, I know this season has ended. I hope you
I’ll see you soon,
Chris (I will no longer check the ACTP e-mail. If you need to contact
— On Sun, 1/2/11, Jerry J. Guerin <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Jerry J. Guerin <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: Election of officers and agenda items
> To: “Chris Powers” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: “Mike Vasovski” email@example.com>, “Ken Goad”
> Date: Sunday, January 2, 2011, 8:45 PM
> The next time you send a letter out like this to the members without the
> approval of all the Executive Committee I will move to have you removed from
> your position.
> Read the Charter, it will be followed at the meeting. You are not in
> a position
> to suggest an agenda for meetings, THAT IS MY JOB AS CHAIR.
> I will not tolerate any more of this type of undermining, Colin can
> replace you
> tomorrow if the Committee so makes that decision. Don’t test me.
> —– Original Message —–
>> From: Chris Powers
>> To: Jerry Guerin ; Mike Vasovski ; Ken Goad ; Kathy Pate ; Keith Bashant ;
>> Walter Lamb ; Chris Powers
>> Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:45 PM
>> Subject: Election of officers and agenda items
>> Dear all,
>> I haven’t heard any suggestions concerning our method of filling
>> vacancies in
>> the Executive Committee. As is always my philosophy, I feel we should have a
>> method in place before January 10 – the simpler the better.
>> The following is my proposal:
>> – Ultimately, we will have ALL offices in the Executive Committee
>> voted upon, be
>> it an election or a vote of confidence.
>> – We will use the same method for each office.
>> – We will start with the Director of Internet Affairs (I picked
>> this because I
>> felt it was the lowest office on the totem pole 😛 but the order
>> really doesn’t
>> matter). I will be asked if I would like to continue serving in
>> that position.
>> (Of course I do!) Then the floor will be open for anyone else who
>> wants to seek
>> that position. (You must be present to seek the office if you
>> are challanging
>> the current office holder or that office is vacant.) No need for a second or
>> anything like that. All seeking that position will have an opportunity to
>> address the meeting for five minutes. However, this is voluntary.
>> – Then we will move to the next office – Treasurer, and so on until we have
>> covered all six executive offices using the same procedure.
>> – After those seeking the last office – Chair – have spoken, we
>> will pass out
>> the ballot that I have attached to this e-mail. Members will write
>> in the name
>> of the person they wish to serve in that office. (SECRET BALLOT).
>> We may want to
>> bring a poster or dry erase board to write the names of candidates
>> on in case
>> members need to see them.
>> – We will have a couple of members chosen ahead of time to count the ballots
>> while the meeting moves on to other business. Keith and Walter,
>> this is why I
>> included you in this e-mail. Unless you plan on seeking an
>> executive office, I
>> think you would do a great job counting votes.
>> – They will announce the results at the end of the meeting. (The
>> final item on
>> the agenda).
>> I feel this is a very simple and fair way to handle this. Also, I
>> don’t see any
>> of the current office holders being challenged. This will be more
>> of a vote of
>> confidence. Having all the offices on one ballot and voting for
>> them at the same
>> time will also save us from the possibility of someone going for
>> one office and
>> losing and then going for another one until they get something. Not
>> that I think
>> that would happen but you never know. Besides, voting for them like
>> this saves
>> lots of time.
>> A couple of things we can do to this method:
>> – If no office is challenged, they automatically retain their
>> office. Not being
>> challenged will be the vote of confidence.
>> – If no current office holder is challenged and those seeking vacant offices
>> have no opposition, we can move to election the slate by acclamation.
>> Charter – We have discussed changes to the Charter. As is, we can have this
>> election on January 10, but if someone stands up in the February meeting and
>> moves for another election, it is perfectly allowable under the Charter. The
>> just need a majority of members present to do so. There are a
>> number of flaws.
>> However, I believe throwing everything out and starting over would
>> be a mistake.
>> Think about how much work and compromising we (Kathy, Jerry, and
>> Ken) did when
>> we drafted the Charter. I feel the best course would be to take it little by
>> little. Most of the Charter is good. We just need to fix the small flaws.
>> Since the election is January 10, I believe we should address that
>> first staring
>> with fixed terms for executive officers. But that will be another e-mail.
>> PLEASE ADD TO THE AGENDA:
>> I would like to have added to the agenda a time for Tony Powers to briefly
>> discuss the Augusta Tea Party rally which will be held on April 15.
>> If you went
>> last year, you know what a wonderful job Tony does. It would
>> probably be best to
>> let Tony speak early on the agenda since he will not take long.
>> Here is how it
>> should look, “Tony Powers – Augusta Tax Day Tea Party”
>> ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM:
>> Also, I like the resolution idea put forth by Colen Lindell. Please
>> make sure
>> that is added to the agenda as well.
>> The website has been updated.
>> I would like to know how all of you feel about what I have mentioned in this
>> e-mail. And when you reply, please REPLY ALL so we will all know
>> your thoughts.
>> It is important that we know how everyone feels.
>> Chris Powers
>> Faculty Sponsor, Evans High School Teen Age Republicans
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