Andrew Zigmond wrote: ↑
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:17 pm
Not that I have a direct vote but I'm worryingly in two minds about the proposal. While I have a tremendous amount of respect for the Silver representatives who are a party to this proposal; I do also see the hand of those who are pursuing their own agenda against the board.
Me and Michael are very happy with this comments and all we wanted to do is raised this with the silver member people
However. As a club chairman and league secretary I have spent the past few years trying to encourage ECF membership on the grounds that we need a strong national body and that there will be a `return` for grassroots players. I have argued strongly against the argument that membership is just a tax to pay for international chess (not helped by the ignorant perception that grandmasters must be rolling in money). It is becoming harder each year to defend that position.
I would stress that I do NOT see this as the fault of the current board. The international director appears to have a clear strategy and business plan for his directorate. By contrast reinvestment in grassroots chess is hamstrung; partly by the lack of any real infrastructure but also the fact that if grassroots players were canvassed on what they wanted from the ECF all we would have is a series of indicative votes that would only tell us what the majority doesn't want, driven in part by long running feuds (where have I come across something similar).
But part of me thinks that in order to shore up trust between the ECF and the members who fund it international chess may have to suffer a period of austerity while grassroots chess becomes the focus.
the members are asking where the money is being spend and it is not only that , the question we want to see where the money is going to and how much is going to each team!!
every year the International Team, let say is pay around £xxxxx. we want to see the breakdown at the meeting, not to be told that the a 3rd party has told us that we can't know!!
it is a AGM and the members do have a right on breakdown