18 July 2008: CJA Officers vote down motion to instruct Treasurer
On 16 July 2008 the CJA Vice President Ira Lee Riddle put forward
the following motion (at the suggestion of past VP Daren Dillinger):
Resolved: That the Treasurer of the Chess Journalists of
America to be instructed to comply with the law, and bring ALL
financial records of which he is the custodian of during his
terms of office; to the August 2009 By-law required meeting
of the CJA Executive Board, so as to be available to a verification
inspection of any officer present. And to also bring the same
to the annual CJA membership meeting, to have available to turn
over to a possible new CJA Treasurer.
This motion was voted down 3-1 (with one abstention by
the CJA Secretary-Treasurer, who was addressed within the motion)
with the following comments.
President Jerry Hanken: "On Iras' Motion, I vote
no. The reason for my vote is that the Secy Teasurer has always
provided financial information to all on request and has always
brought his records to the annual meeting which Ira has only attended
recently when his way was paid as CJA Bylaws Chair. This smells
of the insane campaign to relentlessly attack the Officers of
CJA by a disappointed office seeker."
Vice President Ira Lee Riddle: Voted yes. "I think
that our finances should be available to all members whenever
asked for, and was trying to set up a rule for future Treasurers
to ensure this happening. When I was President/editor/publisher,
I put our balance sheet into every issue of the Chess Journalist,
so that no one would question where and what monies were being
Editor John Hillery: "I vote No. Reasons: 1) The
motion is redundant, as the Treasurer has routinely done everything
in this area required by the CJA Constitution. 2) The wording
of the motion is a deliberate insult to another officer. In a
face-to-face meeting, I would have demanded the motion be ruled
out of order for this reason. Under the circumstances, I choose
to vote it down instead."
Secretary-Treasurer Randall Hough: "I abstain."
Webmaster Franklin Campbell: "I vote NO as well,
pretty much for the same reasons as JH. I think Daren's wording
for this motion was poor and should have been rewritten before
it was submitted. I would certainly like to see a financial report
with explanations for any significant checks written just to clear
up any questions about how CJA money is being spent, but this
motion doesn't speak to this and is unnecessary."