John F M.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:44 AM
Gale, sorry if my frustrations show through. It’s not a
matter of living up to my “expectations.” It is simply, as I said, I
find socializing with other veg*ns pleasant enough, but I have no real
passion in that regard. To say that a particular group doesn’t suit me
is not to say it is of no worth. It’s just not MY thing.
I was on the board of VSET for a while, and learned HTML just in order
to revive their moribund website. I put a lot of work into it and tried
to keep it timely with a lot of current events and facts pertaining to
plant-based diets and animal rights. Apparently some didn’t care for my
approach and I was summarily “fired” and replaced with a “professional”
who put up a bare bones site with the potluck dates and nothing else.
Fine if that was what was wanted. I urged them to allow me to transfer
the domain I’d registered, but they refused, insisting, for some
reason, that I give them my password as well—not acceptable as I also
had, by that time, a couple of other, unrelated websites. So they chose
a new domain. I repurposed the VSET page and left it up as a repository
for some of my vegetarian thoughts and links. Recently a member of
their board contacted me demanding I turn the domain over to them. I
have no intention, at this point of doing so, but that sort of
churlishness, along with their long-standing reluctance to do ANYTHING
other than cooking demonstrations, has left me with some ill will
toward them. No doubt I’ll get over it. I’m glad to hear their new
leadership is considering new endeavors and I wish them well in that.
(I should clarify that SOME members of the old board were interested in
other actions to promote plant-based diets, but their views simply
never carried the day).
I am much more interested in spreading the word than in making new
friends—as may be all too obvious—but it is not my intention to hurt
anyone’s feelings. Again, you seem like a fine group of people—as
vegans, in general, are—and my own interests and concerns do not
diminish that fact. You and others do an admirable job of taking
KnoxVegans’ part, and I stand chastened by your mild rebuke.