Meet at 6:30 - 7:30 for food, drink and social time in the Lower Lane Room at the back of the restaurant.
Meeting to start at 7:30. We will open the floor for discussion on going forward for 2014--the club structure, proposed bylaws etc. A link to the message board is posted below to the bylaws being proposed.
All paying members are strongly encouraged to attend and voice their opinions on these important issues. No vote will be taken at this meeting on these important issues, and will be continued to the February meeting to give all members a chance to speak and decide.
Member Andrew Found, Vice Commodore of the North East Trailer Sailors http://www.ne-ts.com/ has generously offered to give a short demo on nautical knot tying following the discussions.
One Member's Bylaw Edits http://files.meetup.com/1568788/VYC%20Policies.pdf
Comments solicited on this message board Looking ahead in 2014 for Virtual Yacht Club--OPEN FORUM - Virtual Yacht Club (Portsmouth, NH) - Meetup
Preamble to Bylaws Posted by Claudia O, Secretary: Members are encouraged to post answers, questions, comments to this following important discussion
Roughly one year ago the active members agreed as a group to make Virtual Yacht Club a "Club" with elections for leadership positions as most clubs are organized. This was to ensure a more efficient organization of boat owners and crew, to promote more education, activities and also to ensure the leadership and handling of funds was accountable and transparent to the membership. Membership also was given a voice and choice of leadership through opportunity to vote with this set-up. Since then some have complained this was too "formal" and there has been some disparity as to whether members want to have VYC run as a "Club" or go back to a "Meetup" format. We wanted to open this up for discussion in this forum and it can be an open discussion for January's Meeting if membership wishes to as well.
We also have new bylaws written up to review customized for VYC, that will be posted soonest.
It is important that members are clear on the differences of “Club” format and “Meetup” format along with regard to the way VYC is run. Basic differences between “Club” and “Meetup” format:
Club format: You are able to vote in or out the leadership---Organizer respects decisions of the leadership as it represents the membership -- the Membership rules
Meetup format: You are not able to vote in or out the leadership – Organizer makes all decisions -- the Organizer and Co-Organizers rule yet are hopefully open to suggestions (but no guarantee) Member participation and dues collection is to the discretion of the Organizer.
Club format: Members have a say at the meetings and we then decide as a group to “Yes” or “No”
Meetup format: All decisions are optional and made by the Organizer and Co-Organizers
Club format: Has a Treasurer to manage the dues collected and reports to the Membership
Meetup format: No requirement to have a Treasurer to report to the Membership on the kitty balance to the discretion of the Organizer.
Club format: Has a Secretary who reports to the Membership on the meetings and decisions
Meetup format: No requirement to have a Secretary or to report to the Membership on the meetings and decisions -- to the discretion of the Organizer.
Club format: Bylaws are in place
Meetup format: No bylaws or rules need be in place to the discretion of the Organizer.
Club format: Has Board of Directors made up of leadership team
Meetup format: No Board of Directors necessarily to the discretion of the Organizer.
*every “meetup” group is run differently and these basic comparisons by no means represent any other “meetup”.