Redheadedwitchywoman wrote:Now if this is in going against the "spirit" of the Dragonfest Bylaws as Pat Witte suggests then I don't see how. If this is the case, any group of friends that get together for any reason is doing the same thing. Heck Pat and Rob came for dinner one evening. They could for all intents and purposes be considered members of the dangerous Social Group PISS. Did she disclose this to the general public when she was running for the Board? No because at the time she didn't see it as an issue or being against "the spirit of the Bylaws" PISS is a JOKE folks that's it. Nothing more, nothing less. A JOKE!!!!!
I think I can clarify Pat's position without raising too much of a ruckus.
First, Pat was not actively participating in PISS at the time she ran for the board, nor did she plan to actively participate in the future. Indeed, Pat and I joined the group for dinner one time. The concern she has raised would not apply to her serving on the board. And what is that concern, specifically?
Pat's interpretation of the spirit of this bylaw is that members of the board should be spread across the community, not be a cohesive group (magickal or social) ... to allow checks and balances, avoid the appearance of collusion, and limit the potential for "groupthink".
Pat and I both interpret this bylaw to be an attempt to prevent a single group with shared interests from hijacking Dragonfest. Nobody is suggesting that this is occuring, but rather raising a concern that we're moving in the direction of a "group" controlling DF rather than a diverse representation of the membership.