The EC Ignores/Breaks the Rules for Membership but Does Not Care
My reading of the Rules makes me think that very few TI Members have gone through the “must do” processes that are mandated there. I wrote this letter to the 2018 Secretary, Justin Setu, asking him what the consequences are for the status of the Members Register and the legitimacy of people who are serving on the EC 2018-19. I was asking who could rightly vote and who could not? His reply is here.
It’s worth reading how thoroughly he takes his duties as the Secretary. He thinks that good faith is all that is needed on the part of the EC, not that it is bound by the Rules as they claimed in their broadcast dated 1 February 2019 — “Tara Institute is an FPMT centre and follows FPMT policy, including having an Affiliation Agreement with FPMT Inc.; and Tara Institute has a valid constitution under Australian law which dictates our activities.“
- Division 1—Membership
8 Who is eligible to be a member
Any person who supports the purposes of the Association is eligible for membership.
9 Application for membership
(1) To apply to become a member of the Association, a person must submit
a written application to the Committee stating that the person—
(a) wishes to become a member of the Association; and
(b) supports the purposes of the Association; and
(c) agrees to follow the teachings and advice given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama; and
(d) agrees to comply with these Rules.
(2) The application—
(a) must be made by the applicant in writing in the form set out in Appendix 1 to these rules, and
(b) must be signed by the applicant; and
(c) must be accompanied by the joining fee; and
(d) must be lodged with the secretary of the Association.
10 Consideration of application
(1) As soon as practicable after an application for membership is received,
the Committee must decide by resolution whether to accept or reject the application.
(1) In determining whether to approve or reject the nomination, the Committee may require the nominee to enter an undertaking, written or unwritten, that demonstrates the nominee’s commitment to uphold the purposes of the Association.
(3) The Committee must notify the applicant in writing of its decision as
soon as practicable after the decision is made
(4) If the Committee rejects the application, it must return any money
accompanying the application to the applicant.
(5) No reason need be given for the rejection of an application.
11 New membership
(1) If an application for membership is approved by the Committee—
(a) the resolution to accept the membership must be recorded in the minutes of the committee meeting; and
(b) the Secretary must, as soon as practicable, enter the name and address of the new member, and the date of becoming a member, in the register of members.
(2) A person becomes a member of the Association and, subject to rule 13(2), is entitled to exercise his or her rights of membership from the date, whichever is the later, on which—
(a) the Committee approves the person’s membership; or
(b) the person pays the joining fee.
Part 2 Membership2. Membership qualificationsA person is qualified to be a member of the Centre if, but only if:b) the person is a natural person(i) who has been nominated for membership of the Centre as provided by rule 3, and(ii) who has been approved for membership of the Centre by the Committee of the Centre.11 New membership(1) If an application for membership is approved by the Committee—(a) the resolution to accept the membership must be recorded in the minutes of the committee meeting;