Region One President’s Newsletter – July 2012

Published: July 1, 2012

By Russ Melocik

Since we last reported, the Region’s activities have been dominated by prep for the trip to Sedalia and its own beehive of activities. The beginning of the Sedalia experience was a call ahead to see if the Bull Pen would be available for a 1-day-early arrival. It was not only open, it also offered 30A power. The next day we were parked on grass in a huge area across a county road from the Missouri State Fairgrounds, a city unto itself. Our meetings and seminars were in rooms that were comfortably air conditioned as was the main arena/vendor area. Hindsight tells us that the rally venue was a good call. Our thanks to International President Barry Heckenswiler for his Sedalia plans.

The Region was represented by all three officers, Bob & Carol Luther, Tye Mott & Ron Chateauneuf. Tye is the region’s newly-appointed 2VP. He sat in on our region officer meetings, seminars and the IBT meeting as well as representing the Cape Cod Unit as Unit President and delegate. As soon as his term as Unit President expires in September, 2012, our region will once again have full representation.

The rally tone having been set, it took no time at all for the meat of the IBT meetings to be opened for discussion. With the pending withdrawal of the “Motor Home Motion,” discussion focused on the Constitution Revision Motion. While there was little doubt that our constitution needs a facelift, there was a shortage of members/delegates with a clear understanding of the interface of the old and new constitutions as well as the documents themselves. A scenario: Had the delegates voted in favor of the Constitution Revision, it would have become effective immediately and the delegates would have been dismissed. After some technical and parliamentary discussion, the revision amendment was committed to the Constitution and By-Laws Committee for one year. The bright side of this decision is that the club now has a first-rate understanding of what the membership needs to understand. We all have a year to dig in on this issue and share thoughts to guide the 2013 Huron SD IBT delegates to the right decision.

Stay tuned to Blue Beret and News and Views for additional Sedalia information.

With this newsletter my term as Region One President comes to an end. The new officers will soon comprise Ray Richard, Pres, Ernie Bauer 1VP and Tyrone Mott, 2VP. Your region will be in good hands. My thanks go to Nancy Platt for updating the R1 website information link and to each of the Unit Presidents for reading these newsletters and passing them along to the unit membership. Thanks, all, for your support.