Lowering the Bar for Confirmation of New Board Members

At the July quarterly Board meeting, a proposal was made to reduce the requirement of unanimous support for new directors to unanimous-minus-one, and the membership was asked for feedback on the idea.

This seems like a small step in the right direction — for many years that there has been a concern that the Board was too insular and insufficiently responsive to new ideas from the populace, and allowing any sitting member to unilaterally veto a candidate makes change extremely difficult.

I think more sweeping changes are needed, but we shouldn’t let a quest for revolutionary utopia throw up hurdles to incremental improvement, so I’ve written to the Board in support of the proposal.

From: Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
To: SCA Comments
Date: December 6, 2023

Hello all,

I am writing to voice my support for the “unanimous save one” changes proposed for the By-Laws.

It is important to continue bringing fresh voices in to the Board, and hopefully that will be easier if more than a single objection is needed for approval.

Someday I’d love to see more extensive changes to make the Society’s governance more responsive to the populace, but in the interim this seems like a small step in the right direction.

— Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin

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