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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blackballed from the playground

This week has been consumed with one issue that has caused me to question the ethics of a professional organization to which I have belonged off and on for 20 years. Suffice it to say that I have been banned from a certain set of playmates for calling the decision making of our leading body into question. No wait, check that. I've actually been castrated and castigated.

How dare I? I mean, really, what would a person working 20 hours a week on membership—who had spent the previous three years as head of a national committee of this organization, who has attended its leadership training for five years, who led a large chapter for two years and planned two regional conferences—what could this person possibly know about the ethics and values of a decision that harms a significant and growing segment of its membership?

I just can't figure out what would ever make me think I had something valuable to add to that discussion. (Note the dripping sarcasm.)

Remarkably, this is an organization dedicated to strengthening the First Amendment. You know that one about free speech and freedom of the press. Yeah, that. It's also one that is concerned about the free flow of information -- just not when the flow is heading upstream in their direction.

So while the leaders try to circle the wagons and make excuses, I'll hope that my playmates (from whom I'm banned) keep widening the circle.

I'll post more of the fun and mayhem when time permits.


George Nemeth said...

You were castrated? Whoa.

Wendy Hoke said...

George, you wouldn't believe me. Then again, maybe you would given your experiences locally.

Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Wendy,

That's just one of the reasons I've never paid dues to your national organization.

I didn't like Greeks and their attitudes when I was in college and I don't care for organizations that perpetuate that attitude after college.



Wendy Hoke said...

Well said, Jeff.

Michelle O'Neil said...

Yikes, do tell. When time permits.