Ah-ha! I think that we have come to the nub of the issue.
Self-appointed committees are viewed here as somewhat despotic attempts to ignore and over-ride the wishes of the members who they allegedly represent! Unless the members ask them to be the committee until such time as elections are held when they must all resign.
Although volunteers in an organisation may come forward with a view to forming a committee, the decision on if there should be one and who should be on it is solely down to the membership. I, too, believed that the discussion on Monday was about what the committee should be set up for, what responsibilities should be taken on by what positions, the format as to how we could invite members to stand for these positions, how we would run elections etc.
I have no wish to be listed on a committee as an unelected person - but am quite happy to be one of the people who has stepped forward to assist in forming a democratically elected body. I was hoping that the way we were going to do that would have been a demonstration of the "right" way to form a structure to correctly represent the members interests.
However, it has been damaged by (I assume) the wishes of the SEMPO board to show they have been listening to criticism by appointing a UK committee. A monstrous back-fire I'm afraid, because it looks as if they have done anything but listen to the wishes of the membership.
As far as I am concerned, I am not on the "UK Committee" - because there isn't one, until such time as the members choose one! I did volunteer to help set one up though and was willing to stand for election - two very different things (IMO).
Edited by MakeMeTop, 11 September 2004 - 03:01 AM.