If you don't mind me asking - how did that happen?
Was it a case of someone(s) acting like "Rule Cop" and making everything about sticking to the letter of what's written?
we had a private thread on our forum for the by-law committee and the board to discuss by-law changes and the board members couldn't agree on a couple of the changes, so we decided to present them all to the general memebrship for a vote and let things fall where they may. a couple of the board members thought that didn't go far enough, so at the meeting, three of them resigned and they started a facebook group, "non-club" club and registered with the AHA.
in their new "by-laws" on the face book group, they decided.....
1. we have no by-laws.
2. we have no scheduled monthly meetings.
3. we do not collect dues.
4. all decisions will be made by all memebers.
5. we are here to have fun, and spread the enjoyment of the hobby!
we will or will not add to this list as we feel necessary.
being such a small club, we can't really "compete" with a non-club....
to be fair, we did stick to robert's rules of order regarding club matters, but only because we thought that was best for the well-being of the club.
we are going to have our regularly scheduled monthly meeting to see what members we have left, but expectations are not high.
in the ultimate bit of irony.......the new club actually literally STOLE our by-laws! they changed the title of the club and added a sgt. at arms and absentee voting and the whole document is the same!
here is the link to "their" by-laws.....http://gulfcoastbrewersleague.com/forums/download/file.php?id=8
i'll just post the first page of ours for comparison......