Sysbee, Your comment is a perfect reason for new blood in the chapter. So far, not one person has stepped up to run for any of the 4 chapter offices available in our Coker Creek chapter. We ask every year and no one "new" runs for office. We welcome anyone to run for any office if you want change. And I do not mean "Obama change"
Also a new GPAA chapter can be opened in the state with new Officers or a non GPAA prospecting club could start. It is a free country. Our GPAA chapter has rules we have to follow like it or not. No one forces anyone to join, be a member or to re-new their membership. $79.99 for a new membership through our chapter is a great deal but might not be for everyone.
There are 16 chapters in Calif, 6 in Ariz, and many in other states. We have one large chapter in Tennessee and another one just starting up between Nashvile and Memphis. The GPAA would love to have a new chapter north of Knoxville or somewhere else in TN, GA or NC where the local members can have a choice.
If many have complaints about how our chapter is run, get together and elect new chapter Officers and do something locally to make change. That is why we have the election process.
How many times do we have to BEG for GPAA members to run for their local chapter office???
After the June chapter elections we will recommend the following for our monthly meeting (on July 17). Any GPAA member may talk to the group about what improvements could be made. The chapter officers will listen to anyone. Comments, complaints, gripes and any suggestions may be made. The officers will meet as a group after the meeting and talk about everyones issues. If they do not go against the GPAA By Laws and chapter rules we (or our new chapter elected officers) will ask the membership to vote on them. We want all chapter members to be happy and to think that they have a "say" in what happens at our chapter. Complaints are being made on other websites about how our chapter is being run. Why not bring them to our July meeting and let our members and Officers hear them. Here is your chance, take advantage of it! Anyone may addrress the chapter at our July meeting as long as it is not slander or 4 letter words.
The following comment is made to anyone who is unhappy with how our chapter is currnetly being run:
If you don't show up to our meetings with your comments and complaints, please stop bashing our chapter and some of it's officers. We can't "guess" at what your complaints might be?
Come to our meetings, and SPEAK UP! Tell US!