At the Bastile Day meeting, Stuart announced that Zachary Cohn would be working on the club's bylaws. I think he said I could get in touch with Zachary if I wanted to have some input or something like that.
Zachary wrote his own version of the bylaws, based largely on the original Certificate of Incorporation. It is not surprising to see that the original purposes of the club social and the playing of chess, not teaching or promoting chess.
The meeting was congenial, mainly because the more unsavory people weren't there. But it may turn out to be more significant than most people think.
One major topic was removing senior members' voting powers. I am not sure why anyone would want to do this but: a) We are going in the direction where fewer adult members than ever will be able to vote; b) As the number of voting members shrinks, the proportion of those voting members who are on the board increases; c) Several of the administration's adversaries are senior members.
|GM J. Polgar|
While this meeting didn't seem significant, it was probably legally required before introducing bylaws changes. We will probably see the bylaws changes on the ballot in June. My advice is, if you don't understand something, don't vote for it. Don't vote for candidates you don't know.
Last time I heard, managers would not be allowed to vote from now on, but students (over 18) would be able to vote. There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself, except that its the kind of move the board makes to perpetuate their own power. That is not a legitimate way of doing things.