Good evening, everyone.
The results for this current IWG Local 26 Confidence Vote 2.0 (which should have been sponsored by Advil…), according to my findings and corroborated by 2 members of the Privvy Council on the opposite side of the country from Washington state, are:
Votes regarding Mary Weekman as remaining Local Madame:
Remain – 4 out of 16
Remove – 7 out of 16 – NO MAJORITY
Abstain/missed vote – 5 out of 16
Votes regarding Kat Ward as remaining Vice Madame:
Remain – 5 out of 16
Remove – 6 out of 16 – NO MAJORITY
Abstain/missed vote – 5 out of 16
So, that is the deal. There is general discontent with the state of Local management, split along “party” lines, but not enough to form an obvious majority. There has been grumbling about my decision to exclude 2 attempted votes; one by a person wishing to join the Guild (ie Local) DURING the vote and another just prior to the vote. The first I chalk up to bad timing and the other something less savory. Those wishing clarification can either PM me or ask SirCat Lord, as I explained my reasoning to him at length and am tired of repeating myself. Nonetheless, there is a precedent of limiting Local membership processing around the time of votes so as to discourage ballot-stuffing (PA Local #9 in 2007, I was reminded) and I stick by my decision and would do so again regardless of who benefited from the vote. As the vote has turned out, it would have made no difference in the outcome anyway.
This brings us back to the point of where to go from here. Again. It has been proposed that both factions avoid/exclude the other in the hopes that they just go away. That is ridiculous. Either the Local holds together and finds ways to go forward as a harmonious unit or it needs to be dissolved, it’s members returning to a non-aligned status. If the two camps can sit down at a diner and talk like adults to each other, perhaps the Local can be salvaged. Anything’s possible if you all want to really use your collective strength for good. If the Local is just going to be a vehicle for some individuals ego trips, then that would be a sad waste of most peoples time. Please talk about it amongst yourselves and decide TOGETHER.
Till something like this occurs (and occurs soon), I am installing an Arbiter for Local 26 to be the neutral voice of reason and also be the official IWG representative for your region. There is no sense of complaining about it, as SOMEBODY needs to break the stalemate and you need somebody on the ground from your part of the country. I am interviewing 2 candidates and I intend to install a Guild member in the next week whose driving concern is the good of the Local and Guild as a whole first and being a buddy second. That and she will be the only authorized Guild contact to interface with event & Faire promoters for any proposed Guild activities within the bounds of their properties. The Guild rep will be your press liaison, so to speak, and will be the person to negotiate with stage management, security & crafts coordination when any organized interaction is proposed. Other Locals have tried this and it’s worked well so far, making them not only more accepted but even actively invited in some cases.
I’m not here to win a popularity contest, obviously, just uphold the ideals intended for the Guild and try to be fair to EVERYONE, regardless how much I may be personally irritated or irritate others. But, the in fighting ends HERE. Mary & Kat need to either agree to disagree, compromise and bite the collective bullet or I will dissolve the Local. And yes, before any more wailing erupts, I CAN do that since I’m the one who issues the Local Charters. If this sisterhood is important enough to you all, you’ll fix it and I will be the first to applaud your efforts. If not, well, then you can go back to being free-range wenches without collective bargaining muscle & national backing and I’ll all get to concentrate on other things.
Your call, ladies.
I’m sure I’ll be hearing from some if not all of you soon, so until then,
Goodnight & best wishes. Really.
Lars Elling Lunde – Guild Scribe