The Quest for an Effective Chairman in 1997
Candidate: Sander Rubin
History: On Local Group Support & Good Politics
it a shame that the AMC Chairman doesn't run against his real opponent instead
of against a false image of his own (and his associates') devising? Can't Mensa
conduct its politics on a level worthy of its most intelligent members rather
than that of misrepresentation and spin? Here's an example of the quality of our
leadership's standards of integrity quoted in full directly from the CompuServe
From: Dave Remine, 72203,3022
To: Bob Beatty, 74777,152
Msg #812635, reply to #812596
Section: Inside Mensa 
Date: Wed, Apr 9, 1997, 8:48:25 AM
|Quoting Robert Beatty
>Based on my personal dealings with Sander since 1989, a Sander Rubin
administration would make any problems and disagreements we've seen
over the past eight years seem like kid's play.<
|The false allegation
||Having actually served on an AMC chaired by Sander (I was
National Services Officer 71-73) I could not agree more. His turnaround, as
reported here by his campaign manager, on money for local groups is amazing. I
remember him at a 1970 AMC meeting saying, "all the local groups do is
whine for more money, we could never give them enough. We should give some
money to the RVCs and let them decide who gets it." I wish I had saved all
the minutes of those meetings but then they have been preserved in the office
should someone need to refresh his memory regards his position on topics now
popular politically. His previous positions on these hot topics seems to have
undergone a *major* change since he last stated them. Could it be in an attempt
to be popular? Let's make sure history does not get totally
|Speaking for others
|Don't like Remine's opinion of an AMC chaired
by Sander? Others still around from that AMC are: Lya Korda,
Stu Friedman, Art Gardner,
Jim Sprague, Alan Truelove, Stan Bercovitch,
and Gabe Werba. And if you are tuned in many of those folks aren't exactly rabid
supporters of Remine. If you wish to find any of them to ask and have trouble
locating them let me know and I will supply addresses. They all worked with
Sander while he was Chairman so have real facts about his style that they may
care to share with you.
we'd better not rewrite history. There has been no "turnaround." I was
the person who initiated national support to local groups with the newsletter
subsidy -- which is still in effect. I have always recognized a need for
national and local bodies to support one another -- and still do. Mr. Remine was
evidently not paying close attention during that meeting. In fact, I laid out a
well-thought-out plan based on the following considerations:
- Mensa was not then a wealthy organization, existing hand to mouth;
resources had to be husbanded.
- Local groups were differently situated; some (principally the smaller ones)
needed more resources to grow, others were prosperous and informed us that they
did not need more funds from national.
- The RVCs had few line responsibilities.
- AMC was spending too much time quibbling over small issues that could be
disposed of by RVCs if they were given resources.
- The RVCs were well-situated to make decisions about the needs of the local
groups with which they dealt.
that point, Mr. Remine objected that RVCs would use their allocations as "slush
funds." I then made the following points:
- There was no a priori reason for distrusting the RVCs.
- RVCs should be responsible to those who elected them, not to the AMC; if
their constituents didn't like the way they were distributing their
discretionary funds they could vote them out of office.
- The funds were to be spent in the interests of the members and groups
within the respective regions and would accounted for after the fact.
- It is bad policy to write rules on the basis of what a bad apple might
do. One treats the bad guys as individual exceptions rather than hamper the
arguments prevailed. AMC adopted the RVC discretionary funds plan. It has worked
well for many years and has not been rescinded. I have not had to change my
views; I support local groups as I always have. There has been no "turnaround."
"Let's make sure history does
not get totally rewritten," and let's not elect leaders who try to
"I object to Dave Remine using my name to imply that I in any way
disapprove of Sander Rubin or his "style" or suitability for the AMC
Chairmanship. I was AMC Treasurer under Sander, and as far as I'm
concerned he did an effective job. I have no hesitation in saying he is
competent, capable, and honest. He ran a tighter ship than others, it
is true, but that worked to the benefit of the Society. - Art Gardner"
(Art does not have email, but can be reached at (215) 934-5600.)
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Accomplishmens & Proposals
Copyright © 1997 bySander
Created: 11 Apr 97
Revised:28 Apr 97