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Re: Letter to TSA National Board re: Finance Director and Chief of Staff positions

Sep 26, 2010 07:12 PM

(Sorry,) last comment; the art I saw, imo, over-all if I gandered a guess, I'd say they're going for a mix of logo and expressions of related/relative ideologies which is moreso (reflections of self) like a 'photo' gallery or a self/footnotes portrait, a/b that's also a kind-of or form-of advertising - as a collection I found it bare bones and confusing.    

--- In, "esapress@..." <esapress@...> wrote:
> Also, I read through their Tax forms and I was happy to see that acquiring an Art Collection is an interest they're having - however, art and art symbology is a serious subject (and a seriously useful subject) a/b thus far their efforts in this arena look to me to be very lighthearted, kind of directionless and focused mainly on likes/dislikes, ie visual tastes; if I might say so without offending anyone.    
> --- In, MKR <mkr777@> wrote:
> >
> > September 20, 2010
> > 
> > 
> > To:
> > 
> > Betty Bland, Tim Boyd, Elwin Barrett, Barbara Hebert, Marilyn Trotman, Jerome
> > A Michel, Wallace Rainey, Nelda Samarel
> > 
> > Dear Brother/Sister:
> > 
> > As some of you know, I am a member of TSA attached to San Antonio, Texas
> > Lodge.
> > 
> > There are two items relating to the administration at Wheaton which came to
> > my notice that I thought I should share my thoughts. They are the  Finance
> > Director and Chief of Staff.
> > 
> > Current plans seem to require the person  appointed to the Finance Director
> > job had to be physically present and work at Wheaton. You may all recall
> > that Bro Algeo, when he ran for the position of International President in
> > 2008,  in his vision regarding administration of TS, stated that:
> > 
> > â??But the international rules do not require residence at Adyar for
> > administrators. Moreover, modern communication makes it possible for able
> > and dedicated people around the world to serve in key administrative posts,
> > without having to relocate from their homes.â??
> > 
> > Thus implying that even the International President can function from
> > his/her home anywhere in the world.
> > 
> > Now we have an ideal opportunity for TSA to run a pilot test and see if the
> > replacement Finance Director can function from his home anywhere in the USA,
> > so long there is high speed Internet connection.
> > 
> > I urge the TSA Board to try the practical test to see if it is workable. If
> > it does, it will save a lot of money for TSA at a time of tight budget.
> > Also  it can be rolled out world-wide to all Sections as well as at
> > International level.
> > 
> > The second item of interest is the Chief of Staff position. This is an
> > expansion of bureaucracy by an additional level. Even though, it may start
> > off as voluntary, it may tend to slowly evolve into a highly paid position.
> > Also members do not know about the compensation in kind or otherwise for the
> > position. [Traditionally, compensation issues are tightly kept secrets in
> > all organizations.]
> > 
> > It looks like the new position is  just like the Chief of Staff to the
> > President of the United States. Such a position usually wields enormous
> > power due to its gate-keeper role. Members have no idea how this position is
> > going the improve spreading of theosophy in the USA and address the very
> > critical issue of membership recruitment and retention.
> > 
> > We all know that in TSA Membership has continued to decline, in spite of
> > leadership of very dedicated, highly educated, and highly experienced
> > theosophists at the top.
> > 
> > Let me also add that  I have never seen a chief of staff even at the
> > International level. When Annie Besant was President, she was very active in
> > her theosophical, political and social projects, and she did it without the
> > help of a chief of staff. She achieved much and all she had was a personal
> > assistant. So the current need at TSA is very intriguing, to say the least.
> > 
> > I request you all to consider the above in your decision making on the two
> > issues cited.
> > 
> > Fraternally yours
> > 
> > 
> > M K Ramadoss
> > San Antonio TX
> > 
> > email copy to: THEOS-TALK Internet mailing list
> > 
> > 
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> >

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