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Dear Editor:

Not too long ago the chairman of the Music Associates of Aspen, in his dual role of chair of the corporation board, called a special meeting. Purpose: A no-confidence vote of Mr. Alan Fletcher. The meeting was open to the public.

More than 30 comments were offered by board members and concerned citizens. No negative comments were heard. Nevertheless, the motion passed by a relatively small margin. However, the organizers had achieved their goal of creating an impression for the general public.

What is not generally known is the voting structure of the corporation. The 150-member corporation board meets annually in a mostly ceremonial manner; a reason for a low turnout. That is why proxy votes are solicited to ensure the one-third quorum and are held by the music chair or other designated individual.

In the case of this special meeting, the proxies, intended for the quorum call, were now available to the individuals who called for the meeting.

Before the meeting even started the results were already known to them.

The correct method would have been for the chair to issue new proxies identifying the subject of the motion. This would have given faculty members at least the chance of abstaining without declaring themselves openly opposed.

Downsizing an organization is traumatic and painful, a tough job that many would have sidestepped. Mr. Fletcher did not. He enjoys faculty, board and community support. Had the balloting been done fairly the outcome may well have been the defeat of the motion.

Stefan Edlis


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