Quote: Mike (Santa) Klaka wrote in post #2
This is wrong.
The 'withdrawal' was on the basis of a vote to change things and an assumption the vote would be passed (see below). It was not passed so there are more candidates. If anyone wishes to withdraw it should be made clear here (on the Forum) by the individuals in person. I think the chairmen have done an excellent job over the years but please do not screw up on a clash of personalities - which it looks like. I have no vote but would like to see ALL those who put their names forward to be a Chairman to be included - including the candidates 'connected' to the organisers. If you can't work together the ETC is going to struggle to survive, I am 'allergic' to committees but am happy to make suggestions.The original withdrawal was :-
'In light of things both me and Vladimir will withdraw our application as chairmen candidates.'
Which is not an unconditional withdrawal.
I will speak for myself here in stating that my withdrawal was more the result of the way this was done than the actual vote itself. There was no polling the captains before the start of the vote (which should never ever ever happen imo for a vote that goes directly against the charter or normal order of business), there was no direct communication with either me or Vladimir to defuse the situation, but on the contrary some chairmen felt it was necessary to pile on a little and feed the notion that we need to be mistrusted for some reason other than that we care about the ETC and that we want to deliver a great event this year (we have been chairmen in the past and I don't think either of us have abused that trust so the underhand comments were a blow to my morale to fly the ETC chairmen flag again) .
It is also a fact that this vote was pushed through by a minority of the chairmen (as per usual, only the active ones amongst the ones elected), whom are applying again this year. Needless to say I do not look forward to working closely in concert with those chairmen this year as they don't seem to follow a road of dialogue and looking for a compromise. Their actions and attitude have closed the door for me as a chairmen, maybe permanently. Basically, I don't trust the currently instated (and possibly future re-elected) chairmen to make the right decisions. I take issue with their attitude of steering the wheel rather than paving the road in that they don't take informed decisions but just try to push through their own agenda, making everyone loose time in the process just like with the vote that instigated our candidacy withdrawal. I have an ETC to help run and organize, I don't have the time or the will to fight them on the very basic issues as they don't seem willing to admit they are on the wrong path with taking the unilateral 'this is how we chairmen see it, now vote on it' road. Over the years we have evolved from a chairmen board that were the middleman between etc org and players wishes, always seeking advice and direction, to a chairmen board (actually a few individuals) who think it is Ok to act on their own wishes and agenda for the ETC. I hope the newly instated chairmen will change the direction we have taken in that regard over the last few years to more like how it was in the past, but until then I will save my energy and turn it into a positive to hopefully deliver another great ETC rather than having to deal with a lot of negative emotions coming from being a member of the chairmen board who needs to be mistrusted and abused for no other reason than that he also wants to help run a better ETC. Enough is enough I think?