Friday, September 05, 2008

Is it all really about power and control?

In 2007, a few of us get together and toyed with the idea of creating an alumni society for the performing arts group that we use to join in uni. So, in good faith we called everybody we know to attend the inaugural meeting. The turnout was good, considering the short notice and we proceeded  to set-up a committee to formalize the process of registration.

We tried to be nice to everybody, by trying to have each batch represented in the committee. Its not easy, as the timeline of membership spans almost a decade. Once everything is in order, we then try to get the signatures and forms ready etc. We got everything in, except for Bung's signature. That delays the process.

Fast forward to 2008. Out of nowhere, we heard that another group of people are reviving the process. They are, it seems, in the middle of registering the alumni group with the respective body. We applaud them for their action, but its the manner of how it is being done, left a bitter taste in our mouth.

Firstly, this group of people are being so secretive about it. In 2007, we had the good faith to involve everybody in the process. Alas now, we are left out of the picture completely and not informed in any way. And to think that some of them are actually in the former pro-tem committee. The reason given to justify their action, are hollow to say the least.

In retrospect, I am not the least concerned about who actually registers the alumni society. In fact its good. I do not have to think about management, finances or the members expectation. I can just be a simple member. Its not about my group versus their group. Its really about our group. 

Unfortunately, by not extending the good faith to those other than your own, you might inadvertedly burn the bridge. Or, its just a simple matter of wanting to be in power AND having control?

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