Do you blindly trust the MRF?
Would you trust Congress if 75% of the body was
appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress while the
people and interest groups elected the other 25%? Would Congress
serve their electors or the voiceless citizens? How would you
like it if your motorcycle rights organization was governed
under a similar structure?
The MRF is governed in this manner. Only six of
the MRF's board members are
currently elected by members, SSMROs,
or state reps. Rank and
file members of the MRF only have a voice in electing two officers
to the MRF's board of directors via ballots in the MRF newsletter.
Two other officers are elected to the board by the highest ranking
member of each of the Sustaining State Motorcycle Rights Organizations.
State reps who serve with the approval of their state's SMRO
additionally elect two more members to the board. The rest of
the many officers on the board are appointed by the president
of the MRF with a rubber stamp approval by the board. This leaves
18 of 24 members of the MRF board to answer solely to the MRF
board that appointed them.
Five years ago ABATE of SC was governed in a similar
manner. Several concerned members worked together to fix the
problem. Now all voting members of our board of directors are
elected by the membership of the organization; each area has
representation. Administrative officers are no longer voting
members of our SMRO's board. Since correcting the problem ABATE
of SC has quickly grown in size and effectiveness.
Currently the membership of the MRF only rivals
that of a small state's SMRO such as ABATE of SC. I suggest
that the current governing structure and its related trust issues
are the reason for the lack luster membership level in this
“national organization.” It seems this problem could
be easily corrected by no longer allowing voting by the administrative
officers on the MRF board of directors. Additionally all voting
members of the board should be held accountable to the membership
Over two years ago I and other concerned MRF members
politely presented a proposed solution along these lines to
the president and board of the MRF. We spent a great deal of
time and effort drafting the document only to be rudely rebuffed
by MRF president Karen Bolin. The only excuse given to ignore
the suggestion by Ms Bolin was that several of the concerned
members who drafted the document were members of the Sons of
Imagine the disconnect from citizens Congress
would have if three quarters of the members of Congress were
appointed by the President and confirmed by Congress itself.
Imagine the rightly deserved outrage if two thirds of the remaining
seats were then elected by special interest groups while the
people only had a voice in one twelfth of the seats of Congress.
Now imagine an organization with this form of governance attempting
to cleanup Congress and faithfully represent its members. A
membership based organization that allows members a voice in
less than 8.5% of its board elections is highly suspect.
Read A Proposed MRF
Solution and the current MRF bylaws