Nobody likes to spend money needlessly. And nobody should spend somebody else’s money carelessly.
That’s why Radio Amateurs of Canada is governed by its Constitution. The Constitution is a rule book upon which we’ve all agreed to play by and the rules we use are found in Robert’s Rules of Order and are called parliamentary procedure. We might not like everything that’s decided by the members, but we can rest assured the decisions came forward thanks to due process.
Sometimes members question the results. This is a welcome part of parliamentary process. Here’s a case in point: A comment came up recently on this blog and at least one other about the cost of having the RAC books audited. The writer suggested it would be so much less expensive to have a “review” of the books as compared to an “audit.” The author of the comment said that the charges for legal and accounting costs were “outrageous.”
When I read that someone has categorized something as outrageous I have to ask compared to what? The RAC Constitution calls for an audit. An audit isn’t cheap and nor should it be. I’m a dues-paying member of RAC and I want to be reassured that my $50 was well spent by our volunteer board and executive. If our Constitution calls for an audit, then, like it or not, that’s what it’s got to be.
Now having said that, I know that every executive of any club or organization where I have served appreciates the opportunity to address a member’s concerns. Radio Amateurs of Canada is no exception. The volunteer board and volunteer executive will be meeting next month and you can bet that cutting costs will be right up there with increasing membership benefits as our top priorities.
Keep those comments coming in