2. They don’t follow their own by-laws. Members are supposed to be aware of what happens at meetings thru published minutes. After bringing this to mgmt attention, instead of using the opportunity to communicate with their members to demonstrate the actions they are taking on their behalf, they grudgingly published minutes that were a useless outline as zero source of information. Once. They haven’t published minutes before or after that one useless time.
Although I personally fully understand your concerns, I will not personally comment on many of them until we can discuss them at a future Governing Committee (GC) meeting. However, I do want to address the above quoted comment. Please understand that I am not being critical here, I just want to clarify this point.
Based upon your suggestion over a year ago, and as the current Governing Committee (GC) Secretary, I pushed really hard to have a summary of our monthly Governing Committee proceedings posted to the GC page on the AHA website. You can find those summaries there. If I recall, you thanked me for doing so a while back. I am in the process of writing up the meeting notes from our October meeting and will have a summary of them posted once I complete them. If anyone in the general membership has any questions after reading the summaries, they can address them to any GC member or the AHA staff. You can also express any ideas you may have that would benefit the general membership. Our individual email addresses are listed on the GC page. Normally, we do not hear much from the general membership. In addition, prior to this year's annual meeting, each GC member was tasked to do a kind of "listening tour" at local club meetings to get input from the general membership on what they would like to see from the AHA. I personally attended the meetings for the three clubs I belong to and brought their ideas to our annual meeting.
Per the Bylaws, which were revised just this year and appear on the GC Page of the AHA website, we are only required to publish the meeting notes (they are not really formal minutes but present bullet points and fully discuss what we are working on) of the annual GC meeting. Although the annual meeting notes from this year's annual meeting are quite lengthy, they outlined what we are trying to focus on to benefit the general membership and brought many of the ideas from the listening tour to the annual meeting. But as an act of good faith, we now summarize what was discussed at our monthly meetings because you and others asked for it.
There are a number of things that are discussed in the GC meetings that are made public to the general AHA membership through official released announcements from the AHA. It is not the GC's responsibility to do this.
I hope this clarifies the above point you raised. Although Denny has already sent this to all GC members, I will also bring your concerns to the next meeting