The 2013 Annual Membership Meeting of Cobb EMC will be held in conjunction with the North Georgia State Fair on Saturday. That is an appropriate venue because at fairs one expects to encounter illusionists who promote misleading ideas and acts to fool the public.
The officers and directors will use the venue to mislead members into believing the “Cobb EMC Members’ Bill of Rights” bylaw they plan to have the Members adopt at the 2013 meeting really makes the operation of Cobb EMC more transparent and grants to the members greater rights to inspect records than before.
That is just smoke and mirrors. First, the press is granted no right to inspect any record. Second, the directors can refuse to permit inspection of any record they want to keep secret by claiming the member wants to see the record out of curiosity or because the record is privileged, confidential or proprietary. Where is the transparency promised?
Last June, I and 46 other Cobb EMC Members complied with all requirements of the new bylaws and requested a copy of our “Cobb EMC Members’ Bill of Rights” bylaw proposal be sent to the general membership along with the notice calling the 2013 Annual Meeting.
The new bylaws give the Directors discretion whether or not to send a copy of bylaw proposals to the general membership along with the notice calling the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting.
They chose not to send a copy of our “Cobb EMC Members’ Bill of Rights” bylaw proposal, but instead include a bylaw proposal they call the “Cobb EMC Members’ Bill of Rights.”
It is a sham and except for prohibiting management from rigging elections by telling all employees how to vote is not worth the paper on which it is printed.
Regrettably, the new bylaws allow money which should be put in Member’s capital credit accounts to be designated as permanent non-allocated capital and used as a slush fund for the use of management.
This excess money should be returned to the members as a rebate (dividend).
Many EMCs do that. Why not Cobb EMC?
Former U. S. Congressman