Birding-Aus] Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!

Subject: Birding-Aus] Combining BA - BOCA About Bloody Time!
From: peter crow <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:39:33 +1000
Regards Luke's comment that members are not shareholders. He of course is correct. Members are far more than that. They are the organisations.

Without members BA and BOCA would not exist.

The boards are appointed by the members although I suspect very few vote. The boards appoint and employ the CEOs and staff.

NO members no BQ or BOCA.

The argument that it would be a shame if the merger did not go ahead suggests that the write has not thought through either the organisation of either group and has further not thought through the possible implications of such a merger.

Suppose members of both groups voted against a merger but the boards wet ahead. What are the implications regards re members of the combined group. Would people continue membership? Imagine the situation if 50% of members of each group dropped out.

One of the main reasons (but certainly not the only one) for merging is to increase the political influence by speaking for a greater number of members so any merger MUST do all possible to retain all members and even to greatly increase member numbers.

One way not to do this is to disregard members wishes.

Syd's comments that politicians often take more notice of multiple groups rather than of one is bourne out by the sccess a coalition of groups have had in Qld ov the topics of Duck Shooting and on Stock Routes.

A merger appears to have many very positive elements but to do it successfully while keeping the best characteristics of both organisations is going to be a very difficult task.

If a merger is a good thing bringing in SOSA and Birds Qld would make it better. Now things will really get hard.


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