On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 2:35 PM, Thomas Dalton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I don't see anything particularly hard to manage with a 1000 members
> company. Most people won't attend the AGMs and will vote by proxy. If
> a significant number do attend the AGM then it would need to be run a
> little more formally, a show of hands isn't likely to work for
> anything but the most uncontroversial resolutions, but that's not too
> difficult. I don't see how you can disenfranchise 90% of the
> membership just for convenience, it goes completely against the
> democratic ideals of the chapter.

Absolutely. Amnesty International (Swiss section) for example switched
recently back to a system with AGMs where every single member can, in
theory, attend. It's not like more than a tiny fraction of the members
would ever consider doing so -- if they are anyway just in to support
the association (and not because they want to take a very active part
in it), then they won't bother to spend an afternoon at an

If it gets really really unmaneuvrable and if you once experience an
AGM where 750 people want to join, *then* you can start thinking in
terms of local branches and delegates (i.e. you have county-level or
so branches, which each elect 1-2 delegates who then go to the
national AGM which is then no longer a general meeting but a
delegates' meeting).

But this, really, would be a loss in democracy and as long as the AGMs
work smoothly, you've got good and easy procedures on proxy voting
etc. I really don't see any reason for such a disenfranchisement


Michael Bimmler

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