Why not official?
Why my personal email correspondence is not the official RCA email newsletter
Some have asked me why the Radio Club of America doesn’t use my RCA-related email correspondence as an official RCA email newsletter. The question comes up so often that I decided to post the story.
The matter rests today where it has rested for a long time, since 2006. At that time, the RCA Executive Committee passed a motion to allow RCA to use a service bureau to send my personal RCA-related email correspondence as the official RCA e-mail newsletter, provided the president and the chairman of the Publications Committee approved each message.
I submitted three email messages to the president and the chairman for approval, and they approved all three. But the Executive Committee cannot vote to approve money expenditures. An email service bureau has to be paid. The matter was set aside to be brought up at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. Only the Board of Directors can approve spending money.
At the next meeting of the Board of Directors, the board failed to pass a motion to spend the money to carry out the decision made by the Executive Committee. As I recall, the motion failed for lack of a second. That’s how little support there was. RCA never sent out the three messages that had been approved.
Not long after, the chairman of the Publications Committee and the executive secretary began sending email messages of their own to RCA’s members as the official Club email newsletter. Several official RCA email newsletters published so far have included content that I prepared. I always am pleased whenever RCA finds my content of sufficient value to publish in its media, and I am delighted to help with the official RCA email newsletter in this way.
Thus, the matter rests today the same as it has for quite a while: If RCA sends me its email list, I’ll send my correspondence to all the members for free using my computer. If RCA doesn’t want to send me its list, I can send my emails to an email service bureau instead. Then RCA can give the service bureau its list and pay the bureau to send the emails to all the RCA members from there.
There is nothing I can do about using my personal RCA-related email correspondence as the official Club email without cooperation from the officers, the board and the management. If they won’t give me the email list, I can’t use it. If they won’t send the email list to a service bureau and pay for it, I can’t use it. It isn’t up to me. If it’s important to them, then they should do something about it. Meanwhile, I’m happy with what I’m doing and with the RCA members with whom I’m interacting.
The email messages are helping me to meet RCA members I hadn’t met before; they’re strengthening the fellowship I’ve already had with other members; and in the process they’re helping RCA members to be better informed about the organization. If that’s all they ever do, that’s enough.
For a while, I included with my RCA-related personal email correpsondence a disclaimer such as the one you see at the top of the page. RCA’s president asked me to include a disclaimer, and to make it as strong as possible so there would be no doubt whatsoever that my messages were not official RCA email.
When I made the disclaimer really strong, I received complaints from other Club leaders that the disclaimer made the Club look foolish. When I made the disclaimer entertaining — so I thought — I received complaints from other Club leaders that the disclaimer made the Club look foolish. I am not interested in making the Club look foolish, so I needed to do something about that.
In August 2006, I decided to retire the disclaimer, realizing that no matter what I did — if I used a disclaimer or if I didn’t; if I made it entertaining or if I didn’t — some Club leaders would be dissatisfied. There was no satisfying all of them at the same time.
“If the disclaimer finds retirement enjoyable, and if it resettles in the Caribbean, I’ll visit it someday. Some might say, the sooner the better — if only to pound sand,” I said.
So, with the disclaimer retired and showing no desire to return, here for historical purposes is the collection of disclaimers used with the email series.