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Posted 28 March 2011 - 19:30 PM

Talking of potential General Committee Members, how would it be if we got them from different parts of the country? That way more districts and members would be represented at meetings and the AGM? Please come forward if you would be interested.


Hi Flick,
What about Northern Ireland? I do not know of very many growers here, but there could well be more than I think. I don't know about the others, but I don't have the time and money to be flying back and forth to go to meetings. How could we be included in that case? Even for my family and I to go to England for the EEE, it requires a lot of planning and expense.
It can be very annoying when NI is left out of everything that goes on. Not that it is anyone's fault, but we are a little...separated from the rest of the UK, which is inconvenient.
Thanks for your time and the extensive replies you have been giving in this thread :smile:

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 19:34 PM

May I make a suggestion now. This thread has been running a while and looking through it there is a genuine will from present comittee members, non comittee members and newbies (me) to use our collective skills/talents/knowledge to enlighten the non CP world of our amazing plants. Can i suggest a new thread is started where we can discuss the website/Marketing with those that currently perform it and are hampered by time and those who want to help can get involved. Then this thread can continue on its "he said, you said...." way or we can agree that there can be no agreement - all stop sounding like an episode of Midsommer Murders and actually enjoy our friggin hobby as it enters Spring and if I dont see a seed germinate soon then this story will end with "............... and then he turned the gun on himself"

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 20:00 PM

Ah, here we go again. Just as the thread is gaining some positivity and progressing towards solutions for at least some of the CPS' problems along comes Vic to stir up a load of (insert your own word here) and start pointing the finger again.

Vic, rather than continually going over the same things time and time again how about just letting it go?! Maybe it's time to accept that as you're not a member the committee is under no obligation to answer any of your accusations and despite certain people not coming to the society's defence this in no way infers guilt.

Also, I take my hat off to Jerry and Carl for offering their time and skills. I'm glad to see that there are a few out there that can offer some constructive criticism and then their help to put things right rather than just point out faults. Unfortunately I have absolutely no expertise to offer but thanks again to all who give up their free time for mine and everyone else's benifit.

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With all due respect, I think you're missing the point, Dave.

The Yellow Brick Road to improvement has been travelled, in words, many times before in the CPS.
Good people have put forward good ideas, but - as in the classic definition of a Committee - the ideas have been led up a cul-de-sac and quietly strangled, just as soon as it reaches the point where a decision or action is required from the CPS Chairman or Vice-Chairman. :smile:

They have to leave their leadership roles and Trusteeships at the annual elections, if the CPS is to have any reasonable chance to implementing its good resolutions. This is a very sad fact of life, but history has shown it's true nontheless.

I was thinking about Jerry's really inspired post earlier :biggrin: and I did some research.

The idea of elections at the EEE, where most of the membership will be, is excellent, IMHO.

Sadly, Rule 12 of the Society's constitutional Rules (see 'em HERE) require that elections take place by May.

However, Rule 14 allows for members to vote at an AGM - or a Special General Meeting - to alter Rule 12 and extend the elections deadline to July and the EEE.

(Rule 15 allows for a Special General Meeting to be called at any time "if requested in writing by at least ten members of the Society." As described in Rule 14, an SGM doesn't have to be for dissolution of the Society - it can also be used to alter the Rules).

Is this a starting point for holding CPS elections by secret ballot - with the majority of the membership present - at the EEE, guys 'n' girls?

Hopeful of Letchworth :biggrin:

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 20:04 PM

May I make a suggestion now. This thread has been running a while and looking through it there is a genuine will from present comittee members, non comittee members and newbies (me) to use our collective skills/talents/knowledge to enlighten the non CP world of our amazing plants. Can i suggest a new thread is started where we can discuss the website/Marketing with those that currently perform it and are hampered by time and those who want to help can get involved.

Whilst I am willing to invest time in helping where I can, we would need agreement from the committee as a whole before considering any changes. Lets not forget that the CPS has an internet officers, so he would need to be in agreement before any changes to the website are made. It would be a pointless exercise developing ideas without agreement. This could be the stumbling block, as previously mentioned contacting certain committee members in nearly impossible. That is why I asked Flick if it could be brought up at the AGM.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:18 AM

Hi Flick,
What about Northern Ireland? I do not know of very many growers here, but there could well be more than I think. I don't know about the others, but I don't have the time and money to be flying back and forth to go to meetings. How could we be included in that case? Even for my family and I to go to England for the EEE, it requires a lot of planning and expense.
It can be very annoying when NI is left out of everything that goes on. Not that it is anyone's fault, but we are a little...separated from the rest of the UK, which is inconvenient.
Thanks for your time and the extensive replies you have been giving in this thread :smile:


Hi James

I apologise for not including Northern Ireland, my error. I am sure there are loads of growers and enthusiasts in Ireland. The CPS has given Conservation Funding, plants and personal assistance to the Peatland Conservation Council in Ireland.

Yes, of course you would be welcome as a a Committee member from Ireland - why indeed not? When we had a committee member from Scotland, there was a proposal to help with the cost of attending meetings - maybe not every one, but at least one a year. As a rule, none of the committee charge for attending meetings etc, but when the need arises, we help. The fuel costs for the trips to organise the EEE in Chester for example were paid for - not a problem. Before this is taken the wrong way, I am not for one minute suggesting that the committee get all their exotic travel expenses paid! Legitimate costs to attend the AGM and represent a community of members sounds good to me.

I hope that you join us.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 08:37 AM

The whole committee is up for re-election at the AGM. There are also vacancies and the opportunity to create new committee posts.

ANY MEMBER of the CPS can stand for election. The reason the committee usually get re-elected 'en masse' is because there are no other proposals.

If any CPS member is interested in standing for one of the currently filled positions - why not get a proposer and a seconder (shouldn't be too difficult among friends/colleagues from within the CPS community) and let the committee know by email or in writing?

And/or why not come forward as a General Committee Member from a geographical area or as an Internet Officer/Assistant or a Marketing Committee Member? The possibilities are many. Just state what post you would be interested in, introduce yourself and say what you would like to bring to the committee.

The proposals/emails/letters will be brought to the AGM and voted on. No problem.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:49 AM

Hi Flick,
What about Northern Ireland? I do not know of very many growers here, but there could well be more than I think. I don't know about the others, but I don't have the time and money to be flying back and forth to go to meetings. How could we be included in that case? Even for my family and I to go to England for the EEE, it requires a lot of planning and expense.
It can be very annoying when NI is left out of everything that goes on. Not that it is anyone's fault, but we are a little...separated from the rest of the UK, which is inconvenient.
Thanks for your time and the extensive replies you have been giving in this thread :smile:


James,

For a start you could join the committee as a general member. Although we hold official committee meetings several times a year a lot of committee business is conducted on a day to day basis by email. Given where you live we wouldn't expect you to make meetings. We had a similar situation some years ago when our journal editor was in Glasgow. We didn't see too much of him!

As for organising events and meetings that really is down to local members, assuming there are more than just you of course! Remember that we only officially organise two CPS meetings a year. The AGM and the end of the year meeting. Other open days and meetings are entirely organised by individual members. It's a bit of a vicious circle of course because without a network of open days people don't get interested in the plants and so on. It's no coincidence that you tend to get concentrations of members in the area where there are growers with large collections or commercial CP nurseries. The CPS can help with planning open days. We will publicise it for a start of course. We will also cover food expenses for any open days as long as they are held by non-commercial growers. And we can give plenty of advice. What we can't do is provide growers to come along!

Another question that members sometime ask is for details of growers in their area. Unfortunately as far as I'm aware the good old data protection act means we can't just give out other members' contact details. A shame really but I suppose some people wouldn't be too happy to have their details given out. We used to have a contacts and plant sales section in the newsletter but this really just turned into a place for advertising plant sales. Why not contact Tim and see if you can get something into the next Planta Carnivora?

For a while I've been pushing to get the AGM moved around various areas of the country. The major problem we come up with is locations. We really need local contacts to help here. Personally I'd like to see the AGM move around at least three locations in the country. The south east, the south west and the west midlands. I know that's not the whole country but it's a start. Birmingham seems to be a pretty good compromise for the north to me since it's a couple of hours drive from most of the country (though not all before all you northerners get your keyboards out!). I have a location here in the south west in Taunton, which again is more accessible for other parts of the country than say Cornwall.

If anyone has any more ideas on this we'd love to have them. If you know of a local school, village hall or something else that we could hire for the AGM for instance - preferably not too far off the beaten track! Public transport is useful but not essential. Wisely is only easily accessible by car after all. It is a sad fact that the majority of public organisations such as RHS Wisely are now so commerically orientated that they don't see the benefit of hosting organisations such as the CPS. We can and will pay of course and things such as plant sales can throw a massive spanner in the works.

I realise that holding the AGM in Birmingham for instance isn't going to help you much in Northern Ireland. Maybe one day we'll be able to have one in your part of the country. I've always wanted to visit Northern Ireland. :-)

Anyone who has any more ideas can post here of course or contact Flick or myself.

Phil

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:54 AM

Whilst I am willing to invest time in helping where I can, we would need agreement from the committee as a whole before considering any changes. Lets not forget that the CPS has an internet officers, so he would need to be in agreement before any changes to the website are made. It would be a pointless exercise developing ideas without agreement. This could be the stumbling block, as previously mentioned contacting certain committee members in nearly impossible. That is why I asked Flick if it could be brought up at the AGM.


Absoutely. We act as a committee and so we have to agree any action more serious than whether to drink one or two cups of coffee at a meeting. :-) Certainly Darren. our Internet officer would have to okay any group formed to look at the website and I would expect him to coordinate the group too. These sort of changes don't happen over night too. Any new website needs to be planned and jobs assigned. And there is the added complication that the committee needs to approve things and make suggestions from time to time.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 09:58 AM

The whole committee is up for re-election at the AGM. There are also vacancies and the opportunity to create new committee posts.

ANY MEMBER of the CPS can stand for election. The reason the committee usually get re-elected 'en masse' is because there are no other proposals.

If any CPS member is interested in standing for one of the currently filled positions - why not get a proposer and a seconder (shouldn't be too difficult among friends/colleagues from within the CPS community) and let the committee know by email or in writing?

And/or why not come forward as a General Committee Member from a geographical area or as an Internet Officer/Assistant or a Marketing Committee Member? The possibilities are many. Just state what post you would be interested in, introduce yourself and say what you would like to bring to the committee.

The proposals/emails/letters will be brought to the AGM and voted on. No problem.

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Just to reiterate what Flick has already said. Committee elections have always been carried out by block vote because they have never been opposed before. But also it's to save time. With a fairly large committee it's a bit of a long and tedious process to elect every member one at a time.

But if there is a consensus at the AGM we can change this at any time. Personally I think we'd get more complaints if we spent the best part of an hour electing the committee one at a time. That's good plant buying and coffee drinking time going to waste!

Phil

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:13 AM

The reason the committee usually get re-elected 'en masse' is because there are no other proposals.
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Unfortunately, 'en masse' (block) voting means that the incredibly neglectful Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman get to keep their posts and Trusteeships every year, by default.

For some reason - a wish to see all the posts filled, or the prestige and first pick at the free tickets, perhaps? - Steve and Paul always stand for Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman, though they have proven that they no interest whatsoever in fulfilling these roles.

Better that the Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman posts (and the associated Trustee positions) remain vacant, than occupied - and blocked - by amiable people who can't be bothered to do the jobs, and so screw the Society in the process.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:14 AM

Hi James

I apologise for not including Northern Ireland, my error. I am sure there are loads of growers and enthusiasts in Ireland. The CPS has given Conservation Funding, plants and personal assistance to the Peatland Conservation Council in Ireland.

Yes, of course you would be welcome as a a Committee member from Ireland - why indeed not? When we had a committee member from Scotland, there was a proposal to help with the cost of attending meetings - maybe not every one, but at least one a year. As a rule, none of the committee charge for attending meetings etc, but when the need arises, we help. The fuel costs for the trips to organise the EEE in Chester for example were paid for - not a problem. Before this is taken the wrong way, I am not for one minute suggesting that the committee get all their exotic travel expenses paid! Legitimate costs to attend the AGM and represent a community of members sounds good to me.

I hope that you join us.

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Well of course the conservation funding was for an organisation in the Republic of Ireland but that's close enough geographically, if not politically. :smile:

If my memory serves me right, any committee member can claim traveling expenses though only one person has ever done so. Not even our ex-journal editor in Scotland claimed travelling on the odd occasion that he made the journey south.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:33 AM

I hope that you join us.
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Cor... can I join, too? :biggrin:
I'm told I did a good job as Internet Officer :yes:

Aieee!! :shout:

Please, please, don't hurt me... it was just an idea, for pity's sake... :smile:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 10:55 AM

With all due respect, I think you're missing the point, Dave.


Well with all due respect I think you're wrong Vic!

The Yellow Brick Road to improvement has been travelled, in words, many times before in the CPS.
Good people have put forward good ideas, but - as in the classic definition of a Committee - the ideas have been led up a cul-de-sac and quietly strangled, just as soon as it reaches the point where a decision or action is required from the CPS Chairman or Vice-Chairman.


So what good ideas have been put forward that have been led up a cul-de-sac and quietly strangled then? If you had any idea about how a committee works you would realise that committees can and do reach decisions every day without the input of the chairman. In fact the only special voting and decision making that a chairman has to make is that he or she has the casting vote in the event that the committee is unable to reach a majority vote. Certainly the chairman and (sic) vice-chairman have no authority to prevent the committee from taking a decision. The committee works as a democracy.

And as for the comment about the vice-chairman, this is yet another vacuous untruth wrapped up to make it seem fact. As it happens the CPS does not have and to my knowledge has never had a Vice Chairman. Oh dear - is this a sign that the cracks are starting to appear when Vic has to make up committee posts to attack them?


Sadly, Rule 12 of the Society's constitutional Rules (see 'em HERE) require that elections take place by May.

This is correct of course.

Yes rule changes can be submitted 21 days in advance of the AGM or Special Meeting to me, as general secretary and if ten members request, we can call a special meeting. So if there are ten members who think it a good use of society time and funds to change the AGM to Chester Zoo then you know what to do.

Is this a starting point for holding CPS elections by secret ballot - with the majority of the membership present - at the EEE, guys 'n' girls?


Always glad to expose yet another lie wrapped up as fact from Vic. There are no CPS elections by secret ballot as he knows this perfectly well since he was in fact at one point an elected member of the committee.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:26 AM

Absoutely. We act as a committee and so we have to agree any action more serious than whether to drink one or two cups of coffee at a meeting. :-) Certainly Darren. our Internet officer would have to okay any group formed to look at the website and I would expect him to coordinate the group too. These sort of changes don't happen over night too. Any new website needs to be planned and jobs assigned. And there is the added complication that the committee needs to approve things and make suggestions from time to time.

Phil

Phil, do you agree that in general that the website needs updating?

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:34 AM

Better that the Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman posts (and the associated Trustee positions) remain vacant.


Vic,

Given the chance, do you think that anyone else would stand for these positions?

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:55 AM

I'm told I did a good job as Internet Officer yes.


You did a good job whilst you were with us. You decided to leave and then cut short your original notice period which left us in the proverbial lurch. Not good.

Better that the Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman posts (and the associated Trustee positions) remain vacant.

Given the chance, do you think that anyone else would stand for these position


We don't actually have a Vice-Chairman (though perhaps we should). The Chairman's post is up for renewal at the AGM, as all posts are. There is no reason why any member cannot apply for the post, they would be voted in or out, same as the rest. As to leaving the Chairman's post and/or the Trustee positions vacant, I personally don't think that is a good idea. We need committee members and we currently have four Trustees - a good workable number.

Well of course the conservation funding was for an organisation in the Republic of Ireland but that's close enough geographically, if not politically


I did realise - but still in Ireland:-) I too would love to visit Ireland - North and South.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

Vic,
Given the chance, do you think that anyone else would stand for these positions?

YES. :smile:

'Nuff said.
The very last thing they need is support from little ol' me... :biggrin:
I don't want them to be hated by some Trustees as much as me.
That wouldn't be good for the Society.

Vic

P.S.
The Trustee positions for Chairman and Vice-Chairman would also have to be replaced too, otherwise Steve and Paul will still be needed to respond and make decisions for the Society.
Also - as you may have noticed - the Trustees consist entirely of the Long-Time Fan Club of Steve 'n' Paul at the moment... :shout:

P.P.S.
Now, take a really wild guess as to who appointed Phil Wilson as Trustee in 2009 without reference to the (allegedly) governing Committee of the CPS...? :biggrin:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Well with all due respect I think you're wrong Vic!

this is yet another vacuous untruth wrapped up to make it seem fact.

Always glad to expose yet another lie wrapped up as fact from Vic. There are no CPS elections by secret ballot as he knows this perfectly well since he was in fact at one point an elected member of the committee.

Phil

A kindly word to the wise, Phil:

Have a cuppa and a sit-down and consult your colleagues - well, the ones that'll answer you, anyhow - before making posts on behalf of the UK Carnivorous Plant Society.

You are - individually, and collectively as a Society - in enough trouble from your rash comments as it is.

Best wishes,

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 13:15 PM

You did a good job whilst you were with us. You decided to leave and then cut short your original notice period which left us in the proverbial lurch. Not good.

We don't actually have a Vice-Chairman (though perhaps we should). The Chairman's post is up for renewal at the AGM, as all posts are. There is no reason why any member cannot apply for the post, they would be voted in or out, same as the rest. As to leaving the Chairman's post and/or the Trustee positions vacant, I personally don't think that is a good idea. We need committee members and we currently have four Trustees - a good workable number.

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I'd rather humbled to hear you say - particularly in the current climate - that you appreciated my efforts, Flick. :biggrin:

But - as you know - I didn't leave the Society "in the proverbial lurch" over the Web site and membership applications.
I passed administrator privilege to Dennis, and explained to him how to add and update members on the Website. On request, I also added another Committee member as administrator. Then I cancelled my own privileges.
Given the animosity from the 'Fan Club of Steve 'n' Paul' at the time, I recall Dennis was rather grateful that I took the time and trouble to help him and the Society continue to function and provide a service to members online.

Best wishes,

Vic

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I know you to be an excellent Treasurer, Flick. I've always enjoyed your company and admired your work for the charity. The Society needs your skills and your gentility. Otherwise, the Trustees and Committee will be knee-deep in blokes, and the other ladies will be unfairly outnumbered...! :biggrin:

I hope this "Still Present Treasurer, CPS" label you've started using doesn't mean you're thinking of melodramatically tying yourself to the railway tracks and blackmailing the membership with something like a "If Steve and Paul go, I go too" ultimatum?

It's glaringly evident that Steve and Paul wouldn't do the same for you.
They won't even reply here to assist you, Phil and the Society, for they simply can't be bothered. :smile:

The expression you once used to me, when we were trying to get the Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman to respond to a previous crisis for the Society (over Rick Bailey and Alan Haines), was "Steve and Paul are bomb-proof".
It's only with time that I came to realise the true horror for the Society behind that statement.

Not wanting my good name tarred with the disservice caused to members by this horrible situation, and being unable to get the needed changes made within the Society to alleviate it, is the major reason I left the Committee and the Society itself. I remember telling you at the time. :shout:

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 14:46 PM

I passed administrator privilege to Dennis, and explained to him how to add and update members on the Website. On request, I also added another Committee member as administrator.


You left us in the lurch as we had no time to find and appoint a new Internet Officer before you left.

I hope this "Still Present Treasurer, CPS" label you've started using doesn't mean you're thinking of melodramatically tying yourself to the railway tracks and blackmailing the membership with something like a "If Steve and Paul go, I go too" ultimatum?


Don't make up stories on my behalf please Vic. My committee post is due for renewal or change at the AGM along with all the others.

The expression you once used to me, when we were trying to get the Chairman and de facto Vice-Chairman to respond to a previous crisis for the Society (over Rick Bailey and Alan Haines), was "Steve and Paul are bomb-proof".


Don't take what I said out of context and twist it Vic. It is what you are so good at! What I meant was - Steve and Paul have a measured, calm response, whereas others (including you) are hot-headed and rush in. As I said then and I say now - there needs to be a balance. Balance is good, extreme is not.

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