In principle, the purpose of a 'memorandum' is an understanding between members to bring a company into existence. This was the case in 2000 when the SCA club became a limited company. It is understood that the memorandum is not valid since the adoption of the 2009 articles and clarification has already been sought from the Company Secretary in order to confirm this. Any references to the memorandum will likely be removed from future versions of the articles. There is such, no document to give you. Further questions regarding this should be sent to the Hon.Sec of the SCA.
Fair enough - much as I thought.
neilfarmer wrote: - - now at the stage where I am starting to be put off volunteering for the SCA. It may be an election and as board members we do represent the membership, but we also have a responsibility to the company. I also actually have a job, family life and recreational interests of my own and cannot spend my entire life debating points on forums and going round in circles.....perhaps CanoeEngland have it right.....
A pity to be reading this - but given the recent experiences of me and many others, again, I urge the Association to ask itself "WHY" is this happening.
As regards the comment about a responsibility to the company, let's remember why the company exists - it exits, at the simplest definition "to serve the needs and interests of it's Members!" It doesn't matter how you define this purpose - if it wasn't for the Members, the SCA would have no purpose. Remove Competition - remove Coaching - remove all the various disciplines, in whatever form, and the SCA has no purpose. Without the Members engaging in all these aspects of the organisation, there is no need for the organisation.
Now, that is in no way intended as a call-to-arms to split the organisation, it is merely intended as a reminder of the purpose of it. We, the Members, when raising points of interest, discussion and challenge, are, I suggest, attempting to ensure that the organisation which represents us does so in a way we agree with, and feel that we get value from.
And I fully accept that there are many things the SCA does very well indeed. Communication and transparency are crucial in further development and in improving the perception of such "good work".
There are many different types of Leadership and there are many different types of Power. The most effective ones involve engagement.