Open Letter to the PASS Membership

When I was elected one year ago to serve as a Director at Large for the PASS Organization, it was with great pride and enthusiasm. I had many ideas about how we could globalize, diversify and improve our wonderful community that I’ve been a member of since 2010. PASS and the community have provided me with friends and of course the opportunities to connect, share and learn.  I wanted to serve the sql community but have accepted the reality that I cannot.  It is with a heavy heart that I am delivering this message today. On Monday 12/7 I resigned from the PASS Board. 

I wanted to join Mindy last week in tendering my resignation with her in a show of solidarity but I was foolish in thinking Hamish and I could  get a vote on the agenda for the upcoming board meeting that would, if not make a difference, expose the truth of the situation.  However, it quickly came to light again that Directors at Large have no power to effect change.  As a friend pointed out the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing and expect a different result.  Ultimately the reasons Mindy outlined in her open letter were valid and to ensure there is no confusion and to reinforce that message, I will quote her

“There are many reasons, but the crux of the situation is that I do not feel my ideas ever had any chance of being considered. I do not agree with the way that decisions are made and presented for vote. I feel that the transparency between the Exec and the Directors at Large is severely inadequate. And finally, there are decisions that were made recently that I feel are morally wrong. The By-Laws state that Directors are supposed to help with Strategy and Planning. I feel I have not been allowed to participate in either except for the most benign subjects. I cannot stand by and retain the title of Director at Large while in actuality be only a figurehead – expected to vote as I’m told with the little information that I’m given and no discussion of real substance being allowed to cross my eyes or ears. I appreciate your belief in me and wish things had been different. To say this has been a difficult year would be an understatement.”

Well said Mindy.  

I thank the community for the support they have given me and those that know me well know, I gave it my all.

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