A Proposed MRF Solution
Interestingly I have gotten quite a bit of feedback
from my recent MRF article but no one has sent any negative
feedback. I do support the MRF and its purpose. However I am
concerned about the current governing structure and a lack of
member representation as I stated in my previous article “Do
You Blindly Trust the MRF?” I feel I have clearly
stated the problem; I hope to outline a solution now.
Currently admistrative officers have the same
voting rights as representatives
of the membership. It seems the membership of the MRF would
be better served if officers filling administrative roles did
not have voting rights on the board of directors. It seems that
existing positions such as two Member Representative Board Members,
two State Representatives to the Board, and two Supporting SMRO
Board Members would retain voting rights. It seems taking this
one step further and adding at least two more Member Representative
Board Members and elected each from specific regions of the
country would further improve the membership's representation.
Administrative positions may well be best filled
by appointment rather than elected to select officers with the
desired technical skills. However these appointed positions
are not representatives of the membership and as such should
not have voting rights on the board. Administrative positions
include the President, Vice President, Vice President of Government
Relations, Government, Relations, Secretary, Treasurer, Director
of Communications and Information, Conference Director, Director
of Member Relations, Director of Product and Procurement, Director
of Motorcycle Safety, Director of State Representative Program,
and MRFPAC Director. It is reasonable that the president be
allowed to vote in the case of a tie.
What you can do to help. I am not suggesting that
anyone should not join the MRF or continue to maintain a current
membership. I am suggesting that concerned motorcyclists contact
all of the voting members of the MRF board and request change.
I would like to hear from you about your views
on this issue.
Read the current MRF
bylaws for yourself.