Aaahhh….sun, sand & ocean waves. I’m writing from the beach in Florida this week. Jeff’s corporate meetings for the hospital mean a mini-vacation for us. Gotta love it! Listening to the ocean sounds, in my imagination I’m on a ship…we’re being boarded by pirates…no, this IS a pirate ship…and it’s going down…or is it? The crew is bailing furiously…trying to repair the breach…the pirate Captain is screaming orders, trying to maintain control. I’m not hanging around to see what happens…I gotta jump into…Whoa, back into reality! Boy those waves are mesmerizing. Or maybe I’ve just watched Pirates of the Caribbean too many times with my kids.
Whatever the case, reality tells me I need to get off the PDCA ship. Things are very wrong there. Whether or not the ship is sinking remains to be seen, but at least in my opinion, they’re totally losing their credibility as a reputable Dexter registry. Although there are a few Board members trying to do the right thing, they get out-voted by the majority. There are things going on at the leadership level that the general membership ought to be made aware of, yet I doubt the leadership will be forthcoming about their activity. “Member driven” is recited like a mantra, but I’ve come to believe that it’s a farce. So here are a few recent happenings you may be interested in knowing about.
Though the general membership made their voice heard with “The Petition”, leadership chose to completely ignore their members’ wishes, and instead, we seem to have a rogue Captain grasping for power and control. I was told by reliable first-hand sources that at the first board meeting called by the new President, he proposed changing Rosemary’s position as Secretary to that of Executive Secretary so that she could work directly with the President & not have to go through the Board or committees to make decisions. The suggestion by another Board member that the proposal should be taken to the members at the next AGM & an explanation given about what added responsibility & power that would mean was met by much “screeching by Rosemary”, then was firmly voted down. Thankfully, it was pointed out to them that this was a By-Laws amendment and they couldn’t just go ahead & do it….or they probably would have, without giving the membership any say in it. So, how’s that for member driven?!
At their second board meeting, the main agenda was to define how Board members & general members could be sanctioned. Sounds kinda like the Captain wants to be able to send people to walk the plank without anyone else interfering. Great! So let me get this straight….Rosemary, who already can’t get registration paperwork turned around in less than 2 months, wants even more responsibility. As Treasurer & Registrar, she already holds practically all the power, but she wants more. Well, heaven help ya’ if you make her mad…you probably won’t be allowed to be part of the Fleharty Private Poodle Club anymore! (Oh, sorry…that wasn’t very nice)
Then there’s the matter of integrity in your business dealings. PDCA had contracted with an individual to develop new software to go with the online pedigree. After he had completed the work he was asked to do, the Board decided to not use his program. The system you now see online was developed by someone else. Now, anybody with a conscience knows that you still need to pay the person for the work you hired them to do…and they completed. Not so the PDCA Board! At Rosemary’s direction, they voted to not pay that individual one thin dime!
So, if you or your friends are PDCA members wondering what the “new” leadership will be like, there’s a beginning sampling for you. It’s for you to decide how you want to respond. Jeff & I have decided that we do not want to align ourselves in any way with these people anymore. We have actively resigned our membership & will no longer register any cattle with PDCA. I love my Dexters, and will continue in whatever capacity I can with the ADCA, but I’m gettin’ off this ship. So, Ahoy Mateys! I wish you smooth sailing with your Dexters….
and watch out for pirates!