Before we begin, please download a copy of the Adopted-Constitution-and-Bylaws-5-22-11 as I will be quoting them. I would also like to say thank you to the anonymous reader who had the courage to inform constituents of nominating committee members, transparency doesn’t seem to the be the way of this conference. I have copied the list of members below at the end of this article I invite fans and critics to join this discussion. Email notifications for blog posts will no longer be sent please anonymously subscribe to this blog on your right for email notices and posts of election updates. You can also follow me on Twitter by clicking the My Tweets link to your right.
Do You See What I See Do You Hear What I Hear?
The past four years I have been criticized for being a negative influence on the spiritual advancement and growth of this conference when I report or post information that provides objective oversight for the Southwest Region Conference of SDA. You will probably remember that I advocated for the son of our conference Sam Green to be a president that could move this conference in the right direction. I have since, after many years of watching the further decline of the operational management of this conference, changed my perspective.
How can we vote in a president who does not possess the organizational management skills to ensure that proper standards are followed? When lay people commit their time to participate on committees and establish governing rules for operational procedure and constituents review and vote on these operational procedures, is it not the duty of the conference president, chairperson of the executive committee, to ensure that they are properly followed? Many of you who are in upper level management may agree with me that these are simple managerial skills that you utilize to prepare for upcoming or annual meetings. Our president has had 4 YEARS to prepare for constituency meeting and yet mismanagement is clearly evident. The worse part of this, is that the Southwest Union is supposed to provide the additional oversight to ensure that the incumbent, President Sam Green, doesn’t implement any kind of “foolery” to throw votes his way for a re-election. It may sound, well sinful, but we are all human falling short of the glory of God, no one wants to lose their job. So now your question must be, what is this about?
8 Geographical Regions
Our conference has been divided into 8 geographical regions with pastoral advisors leading in each region. The constitution and bylaws of Southwest Region Conference of SDA, ARTICLE IV Section 1 paragraph (d)) clearly states that these collective churches are to meet and caucus in their geographical regions to nominate for seats on the nominating committee (small committee) and by-laws committee for 2015. ARTICLE XV – Pastoral Advisory, clearly stipulates that these 8 geographical regions have pastoral advisors representing their region. How can pastors represent more than one region?
Southwest Region Conference 8 Geographical Locations
|Geographical Region||Pastoral Advisor|
|West Texas/New Mexico||Ennis Johnson|
|South East Texas||Kenneth Edwards|
|South Central Texas||Not Assigned or TBD According to Conference Directory|
|North East Texas||Ken Dixon|
|South Louisiana||Theodore Weegar|
|North Louisiana||Not Assigned or TBD According to Conference Directory|
So what happened, according to our conference directory there are vacancies for pastoral advisory in some of these regions, how can a president moving into an election not simply assign personnel to oversee these geographical areas? Additionally, in looking over this list North East Texas and South East Texas members seem to have taken it upon themselves to merge to represent the North East Texas region. How is this a problem? Well if your part of any other region in the conference your representation has now been overpopulated with two regions combining their votes, the seat numbers may be accurate but each region may have a different philosophy or influence. Members who are from South East Texas have no representation. Who let this happen? The constitution and by-laws, ARTICLE IV Section 1 paragraph (c), stipulate that the union president and/or union designee is to oversee this process in every geographical region. Meaning you should have had a union designee at each one of your organizing committee meetings overseeing the caucus. Did the union designee care to read our by-laws before he attended these meetings? In all fairness it is a long document I’m sure he had confidence that our president and executive committee had done their due diligence for a smooth process.
Apparently either the union designee for this meeting in North East Texas allowed for South East Texas members to attend the meeting and/or other members were allowed to nominate members who are clearly not part of the North East Texas region. If South East Texas did have a regional meeting, then the union representative allowed for additional members of South East Texas to be represented in two regions. What a mess! If you look at the 8 geographical regional breakdown there is a member on the nominating committee representing North East Texas, Kenneth Edwards and Elias Glasmine who are not part of this region since he is the pastoral advisor for South East Texas and Glasmine a worker in Texarkana. If I’m wrong please correct me and I will retract this post or adjust my findings accordingly.
I would like to be wrong, being wrong would mean that South East Texas has fair representation and a caucus for them has taken place. Being wrong would mean that Edwards and Glasmine, both workers by the way, have magically relocated to the North East Texas region overnight and new leaders just haven’t been assigned. Surely if the executive committee could vote to move Pastor Polite on a teleconference they could have surely designated this process and published where and when all 8 of the geographical meetings would be held….right?
This is the constant disorganization and mismanagement that we continue to see with administrators at the Southwest Region Conference of SDA. It’s embarrassing that as a predominately African-American organization we cannot create a structure that is efficient and follows the standard set forth and adopted by YOU, constituents. The by-laws stipulate that the Executive Committee is to designate the time and place that each geographical region will meet 45 days prior to the Constituency meeting, ARTICLE IV Section 1 paragraph (d)). My question to members of the executive committee did you take it upon yourself to violate the by-laws and merge two geographical regions to ensure that North East Texas would have more representation than any other region within the conference? Are these members from South East Texas Region doing the bidding of those who you want a specific outcome this election? How did your chair person, president of the conference, lead you in this decision? Weren’t pastors in attendance at these meetings did anybody speak up? The rumblings of members in attendance report that some members came with pre-chosen names for nomination. Meaning North East Texas caucused before the caucus….right?
The by-laws ARTICLE IV Section 1 paragraph (d)) clearly say that the meetings are to take place in the geographical regions themselves. Therefore, did South East Texas have a meeting? If so, where are their nominating committee members. Could this be an honest mistake? Should the executive committee as a governing body be making these mistakes, this is the committee that manages our money right?
The solution to this problem is to allow the members of South East Texas to organize a meeting and elect the two members for whom they would like to represent them and remove the two members who were voted by members of North East Texas. If South East Texas would like them to represent their region, then allow South East Texas members to vote that way. Otherwise members of the South East Texas region will be going with the will and votes of members from North East Texas who may not know or understand the circumstances and issues that South East Texas members face that influence their decisions to vote for their upcoming leaders. If I was a member of South East Texas I would not put those members back in clearly they are doing someone else’s bidding by accepting a nominating committee seat in a region for which they are not even a member.
To The Leaders Union and Otherwise
Fix this mess! No wonder the executive committee voted no confidence on this administration they can’t even do simple human resource management and meeting preparation. Union representatives need to come in and unfortunately clean up the mess that this administration has made by violating the governing document that stipulates this process. Our executive committee and president should have this organizational structure planned and executed so that union representatives could come in and oversee this process with confidence that they have done the work on the front end. I say they are too busy twiddling their thumbs on Lanark Ave. They should take care to know that we are watching, and we will be ready for any foolery that this administration may try by pulling the wool over the eyes of the lay people.
Print out the Adopted-Constitution-and-Bylaws-5-22-11 and READ IT! Is it long? Yes! But this your governing document that you voted in 2011 to ensure that this process and procedure is fairly followed and implemented. You have no reason to claim ignorance.
Southwest Region Conference 2015 Nominating Committee
|Name||Area||Pastor/Worker or Layman|
|Naeem Omari||Arkansas||LaypersonNew Life Marion|
|Tyrone Boyd||North East Texas||Pastor|
|Kenneth Edwards||North East Texas||Pastor/Texarkana|
|Elias Rumaldo||North East Texas||Worker|
|Elias Glasmine||North East Texas||Worker/Texarkana|
|Natasha Gregg||North East Texas||LaypersonGrace Temple|
|Jonathan McNorton||North East Texas||LaypersonCity Temple|
|Rafael Morales||North East Texas||Layperson|
|Irene Merill Minden||North Louisiana||Layperson|
|Vanston Archibold||North Louisiana||Worker|
|Albert Benson||Oklahoma||LaypersonNorth Highland Community|
|Frank Williams||South Central Texas||Pastor|
|Rolanda Baysa||South Central Texas||Worker|
|Luis Velosa||South Central Texas||Layperson|
|Tracie Faulkner||South Central Texas||Layperson|
|Theodore Weegar||South Louisiana||Pastor|
|Robert Davis||South Louisiana||Pastor|
|Rene Carr||South Louisiana||LaypersonNew Life New Orleans|
|Noella McCulla||South Louisiana||LaypersonCaffin Avenue|
|Jonathan McCottry||West Texas/New Mexico||Pastor|
|Martin Charles||West Texas/New Mexico||LaypersonLas Cruces|