Ottawa Outdoor Club

Amendment 02: Permit social activities to be advertised to the public

Proposer

Anna Gopenko (Social Coordinator)

Proposal

That it be permitted for the Club to advertise its social activities to the public at large, not just the OOC membership.

Rationale

The current bylaw specifically prevents social activities from being advertised to non-members.  The earlier rationale was that the OOC's focus is outdoor activities, not social activities, and, as such, social activities should not be advertised to non-members.  It is now better-recognized that social activities help bring new members to our organization.  Thus, it's useful to be able to advertise them publicly.

The person or people proposing and / or hosting the social event would determine to whom the event is advertised:  Club members, the members of the Club's Facebook group, or the public at large.  For instance, most people who might want to host an event at their home might want to limit advertising to the OOC's newsletter, which goes out to members only.  A night at the movies or an evening of contra dancing at a public venue might be advertised to the Club's Facebook group or to the public ar large.

Proposed changes

Proposed additions to the text are italicized and in green.  Proposed removals from the text are crossed out and in red.

Bylaws, Article 3, Section 9 (f) - Coordinators

Current wording

Social Coordinator:  Shall be responsible for coordinating all social events for Club members only, and for preparing a schedule of these outings, not to be advertised to non-members.

Proposed change

Social Coordinator:  Shall be responsible for coordinating all social events for Club members only, and for preparing a schedule of these outings, not to be advertised to non-members.

Additional information

This amendment was added temporarily by the Ottawa Outdoor Club Executive at the 25 July 2017 executive meeting under the authority provided by the second paragraph of "Article 5 - Amending Formula" of the Constitution. This is valid until the 2017 AGM. As described by the same paragraph, if the vote for this amendment passes, this amendment shall be made permanent; if not, it shall be rescinded.  This news update describes the executive resolution.

Comments

Submitted by jim.burgess on

I strongly disagree with this change as this is an outdoor activities group and social activities should be limited to those who who have joined the club, and are involved in the activities.

I will not host any social activities that have been advertised on the Internet,  for good reasons, and I encourage others to seriously consider this issue.

I think those who want to turn OOC into a social club should join other groups to expand their circle of friends.  There are many of them.

Our group has common interests and the camaraderie developed from these shared activities contributes to some great social activities.  Involving people who don't share any of these interests will have a very negative affect on the OOC.

Jim