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FOR PR FIRM.
Hotel Co. has put out a "Request for Information"
providing details about plans to hire a PR firm to "elevate
the brand to the next level in terms of creativity, support
Marriott International unit says global luxury branding
experience is a must, while travel background is not necessary.
It's more interested in a PR partner that can understand
the needs of the chain's 57 hotels in 20 countries and communicate
with corporate constituencies.
Gajcak, VP-communications, told O'Dwyer's that the budget
will be determined based on the amount of work proposed
by the winning PR firm. This is the first time that Ritz-Carlton
Co. is using a firm though individual units have relied
on PR, according to Gajcak.
RFIs will be reviewed during the week of Oct. 18 at the
company's Chevy Chase, Md., headquarters. The plan calls
for sending a "Request for Proposal" to selected
agencies on Oct. 22.
deadline for returning RFPs will be Nov. 5.
plans to consider up to 10 firms for the job, and based
on "capabilities, philosophy and fit" will short-list
five for final presentations.
CRUISE LINERS SAIL TO
The Cruise Line International Assn. has retained M. Silver
Assocs. in New York as its PR and marketing communications
agency. CLIA was at Diana M. Orban Assocs. in Morristown,
Gary Gerbino, who headed the Cunard Line account at MSA,
which recently launched the company's $800 million Queen
Mary 2 ocean liner, will direct the CLIA account.
The agency will provide media management services, special
events and promotions to showcase CLIA's 30th anniversary
CLIA, whose 19 cruise line members represent 95 percent
of the cruise berths marketed in North America, has more
than 16,000 member agencies engaged in the sale of cruise
vacations in the U.S. and Canada.
The University of
Tennessee is looking to hire a VP of public and governmental
relations to replace Tom Ballard who retired in June. The
individual will oversee more than 40 staffers, and a $3.3
AT&T SLASHES PR
AT&T CEO Dave Dorman has slashed the company's PR staff
in the latest round of cutbacks, according to spokesperson
Jim Burns. "The cutbacks are across the board,"
he told O'Dwyer's . He could not say how many individual
PR people are losing their jobs because the company has
"not broken down" that figure into individual
departments. Burns, who has more than 20 years of AT&T
experience, is among those leaving the company.
Dorman is trying to re-fashion the 125-year-old Ma Bell
as a jazzy "networking" company. He has cut more
than 20 percent (12,000 people) of AT&T's headcount
this year. The company employs less than 50,000.
AT&T, on Oct. 7, announced an $11.4 billion write down
in assets due to July's decision to exit the residential
phone business. The company spent billions to upgrade that
network during the technology boom of the `90s. That value
of the phone network needs to be cut because of a big reduction
in revenue. In anticipation of the announcement, the AT&T
CEO cancelled plans to appear at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia
conference on Oct. 6.
It was Dorman's decision to recently split up PR and related
areas at AT&T resulting in PR losing its direct CEO
report for the first time since 1927.
White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy has retained incumbent
Fleishman-Hillard to handle PR. The Office had shifted its
$150M ad budget to Interpublic's Foote, Cone and Belding
from WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather. F-H is an Omnicom
presidents and other leaders of PRSA criticized a ruling
by Society president Del Galloway that continues the practice
of anonymous voting by Assembly delegates.
Delegates have been
voting since 1999 via electronic keypads that provide no
record of how individual delegates have voted.
Prior to this, close
votes would result in standing votes being taken, which
would reveal sentiments of the delegates. Roll call votes
are also permissible but none has been called in many years.
Oct. 6 if members shouldn t know how delegates vote, said
the Assembly is "not unlike [citizens voting] in a
democracy. These votes are anonymous." (continued
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WIDMEYER AS INDIE THINKER.
Edelman unveiled its "independent thinking" philosophy
on Oct. 1 to describe the way the No. 1 independent PR firm
conducts its PR program. The line is featured on Edelman's
website and promotional materials. The site's opening page
carries a quote from firm founder Dan Edelman saying, "We
think differently than our competitors...."
Washington, D.C.-based Widmeyer Communications, however,
thinks along the same lines of Edelman, and has been doing
so since December `00. That's when the PA firm began using
the "independent thinking" concept to communicate
how it tailors "strategies to meet each client's unique
needs." Widmeyer uses independent thinking as a tagline
on its National Public Radio ads in New York and D.C.
Derek Creevey, an Edelman spokesperson, told O'Dwyer's
that he wasn t aware that Widmeyer uses the independent
Widmeyer's Michael Fleischer says Edelman's use of the independent
thinking theme "doesn t show much independent thinking."
Becomes Zeno Group
PR21 has been rebranded as the Zeno Group because it is
a "different kind of PR firm" than the high-tech
entity that Edelman PR Worldwide established in `98, CEO
Jerry Epstein told O'Dwyer's.
Epstein described his firm as "nimble, flexible and
smart," dedicated to serving the needs of its corporate,
technology, healthcare and consumer clients.
He said Zeno approaches PR from a more "scientific
research" basis that differs from competitors that
"run in and throw out some ideas to clients."
Landor Assocs. chose the name Zeno for PR21 to reflect
that Greek philosopher saying, "We have been given
two ears and but a single mouth in order to hear more and
Zeno, said Epstein, is committed to "listening more
to clients" so it can develop PR programs that "move
minds and move markets."
Asked about potential independence from Edelman, Epstein
said he is very happy with the current relationship with
his firm's parent company.
Zeno handled last week's blockbuster announce-ment that
radio shock jock Howard Stern will join Sirius Satellite
Radio in a deal worth $500 million.
SUMNER STARS AT F-H.
Hayley Sumner, an entertainment PR veteran, has joined Fleishman-Hillard's
Los Angeles office as senior VP in charge of consumer and
She had been running her own "bi-coastal" shop
doing PR for clients including The William Morris Agency,
Elite Model Look, and Artisan Entertainment.
Sumner was a co-founder of Dan Klores & Assocs. in
`92. As head of Dan Klores Entertainment, she counseled
Mariah Carey, Jay Leno, Magic Johnson Foundation, "Saturday
Night Live," Sony Music, Miramax and Ian Schrager's
hotel properties. She began her career at Howard Rubenstein
FINANCIAL KNOW-HOW IS
"Research shows that finance is the most likely functional
stepping stone to the top executive suite of a company,"
New York counselor Robert Dilenschneider told the Council
of Financial Executives of the Conference Board at its national
meeting on Oct. 1 in Charleston,'s .C.
Speaking on "The 21st Century CFO: A New and Critical
Role," he said that the role of the CFO "has evolved
suddenly from keeper of the balance sheet to leader and
broad-based executive--part analyst, part change agent,
part consultant and full-time strategic advisor to the CEO."
Many people believe that "greed rules many boardrooms,"
said Dilenschneider, noting the corporate scandals in recent
years. He said there is "a compelling need to convince
the public that ethical considerations are being given primacy
in the boardrooms of the country, and that transparency
and good governance are the rule, not the exception."
CFOs should be an equal rather than a subordinate partner
with the CEO, said Dilenschneider, who heads The Dilenschneider
Group in New York. He was president and CEO of Hill &
Knowlton earlier in his career.
THEISMANN DELIVERS UAV
Joe Theismann, the legendary quarterback who led the Washington
Redskins to two Super Bowls, has signed on as pitchman for
Proxity Digital Networks, a maker of unmanned aerial vehicles
for military and commercial use.
PDN promotes its Cyber Scout as a 10 lb. UAV "designed
to operate innovative, clandestine reconnaissance, surveillance
and target acquisition." It can be "hand-carried
into battle to perform hunter-killer missions."
PDN also has a pilot-option helium airship that is equipped
with surveillance gear to guard borders.
Theismann, whose career ended in `85 on national TV when
New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor crushed his leg
during a "Monday Night Football" broadcast, will
represent PDN at financial/investment events and tradeshows.
Since 1975, Theismann has run "Joe Theismann's Restaurant"
in Alexandria, Va.
Emerson Gerard Assocs., in West Palm Beach. Fla., handles
PR for PDN.
IPR HONORS FELTON.
The Institute for PR will award its retiring president Jack
Felton the Alexander Hamilton Medal for lifetime achievement
in PR at its Nov. 10 dinner in New York.
Felton has led IPR since `95 after stepping down from the
VP-corporate communications post at McCormick Spice Co.
He also is past national president of PR Society of America.
Felton began his PR career during the Korean War where
he served as a public information officer for the U.S. Air
Force Strategic Air Command.
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NY TIMES CHANGES
CONTENT OF SECTION.
Publicists may have to adjust their pitches to fit the new
direction of The New York Times Book Review section.
Sam Tanenhaus, the new editor of the Sunday section, has
begun adding new content and broadening the range of books
selected for review in an effort to attract more "middlebrow"
Tanenhaus, who took over as editor of the Sunday section
in April, told "Poynter's Book Babes" -- Margo
Hammond and Ellen Heltzel -- that he is making the changes
because the Times is a "middlebrow publication,"
read by "people who are smart and educated, but they
don t have Ph.D.s, and they aren t professional intellectuals."
Are News About the Culture
"We re going to treat books not as literary artifacts
but as news about the culture," Tanenhaus said in his
interview with the writers, who contribute reports to Poynter's
"Publishers and authors may squeal, but The Times,
which has aggressively built its brand as the country's
national yuppie newspaper, is simply extending this branding
to the book section," said Heltzel, a freelance book
Hammond, who is book editor for The St. Petersburg Times,
said Tanenhaus has already begun to liven up the section
by "juxtaposing such peculiar bedfellows as a round-up
of sex books (low culture), a literary work by William Trevor
(high culture?) and two books about the Apostle Paul."
Heltzel said the Oct. 3 issue offers an "excellent
study of Tanenhaus prioritiesvaried lengths, big-name
bylines and using a specific book as a jumping off place
for considering the world."
Changes to Come
Other innovations are still to come, according to Heltzel.
A poetry issue is scheduled for November, and later this
month, Rachel Donadio is coming over from The New York
Observer as a reporter and enterprise editor, "which
translates as a plan to go out and get the stories of who's
reading what and where."
Tanenhaus told readers in the Oct. 10 issue that he uses
reviewers from the left and the right. The former contributor
to Vanity Fair also prefers bylines from the magazine
world because a newspaper reporter's job is to report, to
tell you what a story is. "Magazine writers write in
narrative form, and the most compelling form of writing
Each Monday, 380,000 copies of the NYTBR are available
for sale in bookstores across the U.S.
EDITOR TO RIP PRESS
AT GIRL SCOUT EVENT.
Atoosa Rubenstein, editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine,
will criticize the media's coverage of young women in her
keynote speech at the 12th annual Women of Distinction Breakfast,
sponsored by The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York.
The event, which honors five women who exemplify the Council's
mission to help girls grow into outstanding women, will
be held on Oct. 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
This year's honorees include: Rubenstein, Madeline de Vries,
CEO, DeVries PR; Diane Ashley, VP/director of Citigroup
Supplier Diversity; Cholene Espinoza, a captain at United
Airlines, and Lillian Vernon, founder, Lillian Vernon Corp.
Deborah Norville, anchor of "Inside Edition,"
host of "Deborah Norville Tonight," and a council
board member, will lead the ceremonies.
In her speech, entitled "Mean Media: The Gossip We
Love is Also Destroying Us," Rubenstein will speak
out against the tabloid press treatment of women, especially
teen celebrities, according to Davia Temin, whose firm Temin
and Co. is handling PR for the event.
As young women are becoming more successful, Rubenstein
believes the media is dehumanizing them through its vicious
gossip, Temin said.
Rubenstein believes the press needs to be mindful of the
popular culture it creates, and to celebrate successful
young womennot denigrate them.
Libby Callaway, former fashion editor at The New York
Post, who recently joined The Nashville Tennessean
as assistant features editor, is also writing articles
for Shop Etc., a new shopping magazine for women,
published by Hearst Corp. and edited by Mandi Norwood.
Callaway's first freelance assignment, which appears in
the Fall 2004 issue now on newsstands, is an article headlined:
"Why do clothes cost so much more this season? We found
five good reasons."
The writer has started working on her next piece for the
February issue. Fashion Week Daily said the article
is on, among other subjects, the new Esprit stores.
a trade association for retailers and marketers in
the sports products industry, is inviting reporters to "meet
and mingle" with the sporting goods industry at an
event scheduled for Dec. 1 at the Marriott Marquis in New
York (6-9 pm).
This event will allow the media to "touch, feel, and
try" the latest product innovations in the sporting
goods industry, according to Mike May, who is director of
communications for the North Palm Beach, Fla.-based association,
which also publishes Sports Edge magazine.
Ziff Davis Media's
Internet division has begun a website dedicated to
the experience of using Apple Computer's iPod (www.extremeipod.com).
(Media news continued
on next page)
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ABC REPORTER SEEKS
LOCAL COMPANY NEWS.
Justin Rubner, who is this month's iCD Media Pro, covers
local technology and telecom companies, not technology itself,
for The Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Rubner told the Alpharetta, Ga.-based interactive CD producer
that he covers anything that affects business in the Atlanta
area, from small startups to large public companies.
"My readers are small and medium-sized companies,
so pitch with that in mind," said Rubner, who writes
a weekly tech column and one or two A-section stories every
"I aim for everything in my column to be exclusive
(no regurgitation of press releases). As for stories, they
are in-depth, exclusive and analytical. No fluff. I also
occasionally write executive profiles for the `B' section."
Rubner said the hot topic is "anything that's exclusive
and local" that his readers would be interested in.
"It has to have some hard news angle to it, though."
The deadline for his column is Tuesday, and the deadline
for news items and stories is Wednesday. Since he usually
gets his column done on Monday, he prefers to get pitches
and information by Friday.
Rubner stressed the importance of his column. "I put
a lot of effort into my column. I don t want `fodder. I
want a good dish my readers won t know about," he said.
He is looking for investments ("give me the amount"),
contracts (ditto), new CEOs and chairmen, lawsuits, major
changes in revenues, profits, or long-term stock performances,
lobbying efforts, relocations, expansions, new businesses,
new spinoffs, hirings and/or firings, interesting studies,
and so on.
Rubner said "I get a lot of e-mails, so make them
stand out. If I don t understand the header, I usually delete
them. Avoid industry jargon."
ABC's office is located at 1801 Peachtree st. N.E., #150,
Atlanta, GA 30309-1881. 404/249-1078; e-mail: [email protected].
has signed on as editor-in-chief of Item magazine
as the oversized Scottsdale, Ariz.-based publication expands
its coverage to include Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Thomas (Tigre) Wenrich,
former VP/director in The Boston Consulting Group's Miami
office, has joined Poder as president/executive editor
of the business magazine, which targets top executives in
Mexico and the Andean region, in Spanish, and locally in
Miami and nationally in the U.S. in English.
a journalist with 45 years of experience, including 36 years
with Reuters, was promoted to managing editor of The
Korea Herald in Seoul, succeeding Yu Kun-ha, who was
named to the Herald's team of editorial writers.
Brian Moss is
stepping down as deputy Sunday editor at The New York Daily
previously executive editor of Boston magazine, has
joined The Boston Herald as a business reporter.
was named features editor of Playboy, and Leonard
Froehlich and Stephen
Randall were promoted to executive editor and deputy
YM MAGAZINE TO
The December/January number will be the last issue of YM
Gruner & Jahr sold "certain assets" of YM,
including the money-losing teen magazine's subscription
list, to Conde Nast, which publishes Teen Vogue.
Former YM subscribers will get the first issue of Teen
Vogue in February, which will boost that magazine's guaranteed
rate base from 650,000 to 850,000.
Gruner & Jahr is laying off about 70 people at YM,
including editor Linda Fears.
Maurie Perl, chief communications officer of Conde Nast,
said it will continue to run YM's website.
Portada, a national bimonthly publication that covers
news and trends in the business of print media for Spanish-speaking
audiences, has established a new website (www.portada-online.com)
that is designed as a one-stop source for news, analysis
and competitive intelligence for advertisers, publishers
and direct mailers targeting Hispanics through print.
GQ's 2004 "Men
of the Year" issue will come out in December
instead of November this year.
Jim Nelson, the magazine's new editor-in-chief, has also
replaced the "Reader's Choice" balloting with
The New York Times has created "For the Record"
as a new heading for correcting errors that pertain to such
things as spellings, dates, or historical references. "Substantive
errors" will continue to fall under the "Corrections"
heading of the column that runs on page A2 every day.
will celebrate its 100th issue on Oct. 21 with a
cocktail party at Sky Studios in New York.
will publish a Custom Guide to Multicultural Marketing and
Media on Nov. 8.
Each participant buying an ad gets equal advertorial space
to showcase company information.
Chiqui Cartagena is handling space reservations at 212/210-0156.
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Several chapter presidents and two PR professors criticized
"Any member of any
organization should be able to identify how his or her representative
voted on any issue and any representative should be able
to verify that his or her vote was accurately recorded and
tallied," said Michael DeMent, who is president of
the Kansas City chapter, which has 225 members.
Have a Right to Know
Jennifer Grizzle, president
of the No. 2 chapter in the Society, PRSA/Georgia, with
800+ members, said: "I absolutely think PRSA members
have a right to know how the Assembly votes.
"We elect the delegates
and they represent us so there shouldn t be a mystery surrounding
how they vote."
She called for action
"immediately" on this issue, saying, "Our
industry needs to serve as a guiding light for transparency
and fairness and should discontinue the practice of anonymous
Two college PR professors,
Jay Rayburn of Florida State University, and Stephen Quigley
of Boston University, said voting by citizens in general
elections is always private but not voting by elected representatives.
Dean Kazoleas, of Illinois
State University, said votes should be anonymous "as
they are in most membership organizations."
Counselor Kenn Ulrich,
who is also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University,
said the right of PRSA members to know how their delegates
vote "is as plain as the nose on your face." He
is also "adamantly in favor of decoupling" APR
from Assembly membership.
Also declaring in favor
of keeping an open record of delegate votes were Kathy Lewton,
2001 president of PRSA; Art Stevens, 2003 national treasurer;
Burt Wolder, president of PRSA/New York, third largest chapter
with 600+ members; Jeff Smith, president of PRSA/Dallas
with 384 members, and Sheri Benjamin, president of the Silicon
Valley chapter, which has 113 members.
Chapter President Disagrees
Cynthia Harding, president
of PRSA/Los Angeles, fourth biggest with 550 members, said
she favors keeping the votes anonymous because she doesn
t see how making them otherwise would benefit chapter members.
"Most chapters give
clear direction to their delegates prior to the Assembly,"
she said. "We know how our delegates intend to vote
on particular issues and if they change their minds on the
floor, due to debate, they usually explain to the chapter
and board upon their return."
She said she basically
trusts the "integrity and decision-making of our individual
Kazoleas, president of
Central Illinois (40 members) said, what matters most is
a record of the vote totals and not necessarily who voted
He said that if complete transparency is favored by this
newsletter for PRSA, the NL should reveal its sources when
Daniel Keeney, president
of PRSA/Houston (416 members) said it would be more useful
to track how chapters vote than individuals.
Professor Favors Record
Rayburn said that "In
a representative form of government, people elect their
representatives. That's what happens in a state legislature
... it's close enough when PRSA members `send delegates
to represent them in the Assembly. Just as all votes in
a legislature are public, so should all votes be in the
Assembly. That's how the `electorate can tell if the representatives
are representing them."
Quigley said there are
"serious elements of disclosure" involved in revealing
the votes of Assembly delegates. He favors "open voting."
Grizzle said PRSA members
especially need to know who is voting for what because a
chapter with ten members has the voting power of a chapter
"If ten chapters
with 250 members defeat an issue voted on by 10 chapters
with 1,000 members, that doesn t reflect the will of the
majority," she said.
Paul Wetzel, former president
of PRSA/Boston, whose motion to put the debate on decoupling
in the morning session of last year's Assembly was defeated,
said he might seek a roll call vote on decoupling if PRSA
leadership doesn t end secret voting. A majority vote is
needed for this.
Backs Agenda Change
Lewton and others including
the presidents of the five biggest chapters are also seeking
to have decoupling debated in the morning of the Assembly
rather than in the afternoon as scheduled.
Galloway, in a phone call
to this NL Oct. 6, said speeches by himself and other leaders
on the state of PRSA, its finances, and the long-range plan
are needed to establish a "context and framework"
for the decoupling debate. Speeches on diversity, advocacy
and training may be shifted to the afternoon.
Lewton had opposed changing
the agenda last year for the elections because seconders
for candidates were not scheduled to arrive until the afternoon.
The Board of Ethics of
Professional Standards (BEPS), headed by David Rickey, has
been asked to make an opinion on the propriety of secret
voting in the Assembly. The national board has also been
asked the same question.
National directors take
what is called "The Pledge" at the beginning of
the year in which they promise never to reveal how they
voted on any issue and promise not to publicly disagree
with any board position.
Ten of the directors are
elected to represent geographical districts.
PRSA members thus don
t know how their Assembly delegates vote nor how their national
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The break-up of the
AT&T PR dept. (10/6 NL) remains one of the biggest
PR industry stories.
We were able to track down "Bad News" Burke Stinson,
long the voice of AT&T with the press, who took an agreeable
retirement package in 2001 when he reached 60.
Burke now lives half the year in Alberta Province, Canada,
but he also spends time in New Jersey where he teaches communications
Stinson, as outspoken as ever, feels that what happened
to AT&T PR (loss of direct report to CEO and shifting
of some PR people to marketing and others to human resources)
is a "godzilla step backwards for PR." About 120
PR people are employed by AT&T worldwide.
Too many PR departments, he says, hire people with no media
backgrounds. He doesn't believe that someone with no media
experience can counsel management on how media will handle
He has said on several occasions that PR has been "dumbed
down" and he remains of that opinion.
The buyout of many PR firms by ad agencies was also a bad
development for PR, he feels.
Some of the many graduates of AT&T will have a chance
to analyze what happened at a seminar Thursday, Nov. 11
sponsored by PRSA/New York ("What Really Happened at
Dick Martin, PR head
from 1997-2002, who has authored Tough CallsAT&T
and Lessons Learned in the Telecom Wars (Amacom), will
lead the discussion. He was with AT&T 32 years.
The session will cover what CEOs look for in a PR counselor
and "seven myths of `big time PR."
Arthur Page, VP-PR
at AT&T from 1925-1948, and for whom the Arthur
Page Society is named, at first believed that companies
should hire newspeople for PR because they would have credibility
with the public. He later felt that PR staffers should come
from within the company because they had the knowledge needed
to describe it to the press.
Page, who was born to wealth, belonged to the Harvard and
New York Yacht Clubs and was a vocal critic of President
Roosevelt and the New Deal.
The AT&T shakeup recalls the revamping of the formerly
huge General Electric PR dept. in the 1980s.
GE once had 60 PR
pros working in ten offices throughout the U.S. handling
They were called the "GE News Bureaus" and were
headed by Jim McGarry. By 1972 it did PR for every major
GE division after taking the housewares and entertainment
units from N.W. Ayer PR. The bureaus were closed in 1985
after being put under advertising & sales promotion.
McGarry was transferred. A few years later, corporate PR
as a separate entity was closed.
In 1990, General Motors combined PR with marketing in a
new "communications and marketing staff" that
reported through three levels to chairman Robert Stempel.
Oct. 4 had a cover story called "Fuzzy Numbers"
in which it rapped "distorted and confusing" financial
reporting in spite of the reforms sought by Sarbanes-Oxley.
So we opened a 2004 Assembly delegate packet of PRSA and
turned to treasurer Maria Russell's report which says PRSA
"continued to successfully build on its solid financial
foundation" established in 2000.
Russell reports a gain in unrestricted net assets of $341,000,
resulting in a total of $2.39 million.
That's not the way we see it. PRSA had at June 30 $2.4 million
in cash and investments but it owes at least $1.7 million
in future services to members (which obligation it doesn
t acknowledge) and also had a large heap of unpaid bills
It has the cash but it hasn t earned $1.7M of it and it
would have $859,261 less if it paid all its bills. It's
about time PRSA was candid about its finances.
Also, the June 30 figures PRSA gave to the Assembly have
a beard on them. Delegates should get 9/30 figures and a
full financial report (like the audit) a week before the
Assembly. That would be good financial reporting. A really
well-off group is the smaller NIRI, with $4.5M in cash/savings.
Secret Assembly voting
is condemned by the vast majority of individual members
and chapter leaders that we have spoken to. It's
indefensible but we have yet to attract the attention of
either the national board or ethics board to this matter
.... what puzzles us
is the hard campaign 2004 president Del Galloway
waged for decoupling the Assembly in 2003 when he was president-elect
while dropping any efforts at all in 2004. This was classic
blowing hot and cold.
We asked about this Oct. 6 in our first conversation with
him in about six months. He said he announced last year
after the defeat that further moves to decouple the Assembly
would have to come from the chapters. We know he announced
that but it doesn t make it right. Decoupling only lost
by five votes and he could have continued the fight or assigned
president-elect Judith Phair to do it like Reed Byrum and
the board had assigned him. Finding out the identities of
the 90 delegates who voted against decoupling should also
have been done. They need education in what democracy is.
Galloway says speeches on the state of the Society, its
finances and long-range plan are needed before the decoupling
debate to provide "context and framework." What's
really needed is a report on how few people are taking the
new APR test.