EVDA-UK General Meeting – 28th September – My Thoughts

The EVDA-UK (Electric Vehicle Drivers Association UK) held a general meeting on 28th September 2014. It was a general meeting for the committee to report on progress and activity – something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting for me was that, in spite of the EVDA-UK having over 160 members, including 4 committee members, the member attendance was pathetically small… in fact, apart from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the ground… far too many people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms, make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps this is just a fact of life. Most people are concerned primarily with the own families and their own lives and so there are just a small number who are able and willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want then the members have several choices… they can:

  • leave and join an alternative group (if there is one!)
  • they can let the committee know what they would like to happen so the committee can then change their approach or policies
  • they can try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able to represent their position
  • they can just be quiet and accept that they get what they get.

 Brian Orr has decided to go down the “remove the committee” route and has tabled a motion of no confidence triggering a vote of the membership.

I initially took the “join another group” route but as there wasn’t one I had to start one (Plug in Britain). It didn’t get off the ground so I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies changed.

Most people though seem to be taking the “get what you get” route and may take the “leave and go somewhere else” route if things don’t improve.

I would like to see more people involved. The more people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more representative the group is, the more successful the organisation becomes.

So,  I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members… get involved!

You joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people on their own cannot make that happen. It needs us and our involvement.

Get involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them to do. If you can do more to help yourself then great! They need all the help they can get. It is no good us just complaining that nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting (probably some time in January I believe) and have a say. Email the committee, use the EVDA-UK forum, tell them what you want… they then stand a chance of making it happen 🙂

To those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent. The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to try to make that happen if I possibly can.

EVDA-UK
has over 160 members (and growing) including 4 committee members. This
was a general meeting of the committee with an invite to all members to
attend. It was not a meeting just about the issue of the vote. In fact
the vote was a very small part of the meeting and the general activity
of the committee and the EVDA-UK in general was reported and discussed.
Something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have
been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting then
for me was the pathetically small member attendance… in fact, apart
from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is
something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the
ground… people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms,
make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best
to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to
shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps
this is just a fact of life… most people have their own lives to be
concerned with and so there are just a small number who are able and
willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest
the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right
decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want
then they have several choices… they can leave and join an alternative
group, they can let the committee know what they would like to happen
so the committee can then change their approach or policies, they can
try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able
to represent their position or they can just be quiet and accept that
they get what they get.

Brian Orr has decided to go down the
“remove the committee” route. Most people seem to be taking the “get
what you get” route. I initially took the “join another group” route but
as there wasn’t one I had to start one. It didn’t get off the ground so
I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know
what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies
changed.

I would like to see more people involved. The more
people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more
representative the group is, the more successful the organisation
becomes.

Pulling this back then to the meeting… I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members.

You
joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a
strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information
for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most
from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation
with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are
heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is
not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of
their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people cannot make
that happen. It needs us, our involvement to make it happen. Get
involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them
to do. If you can do more then great! They need all the help they can
get if we want this to happen. It is no good us just complaining that
nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am
stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at
least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting
(probably some time in January I believe) and have a say.

To
those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having
an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent.
The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will
be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up
especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring
us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to
try to make that happen is I possibly can.

EVDA-UK
has over 160 members (and growing) including 4 committee members. This
was a general meeting of the committee with an invite to all members to
attend. It was not a meeting just about the issue of the vote. In fact
the vote was a very small part of the meeting and the general activity
of the committee and the EVDA-UK in general was reported and discussed.
Something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have
been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting then
for me was the pathetically small member attendance… in fact, apart
from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is
something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the
ground… people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms,
make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best
to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to
shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps
this is just a fact of life… most people have their own lives to be
concerned with and so there are just a small number who are able and
willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest
the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right
decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want
then they have several choices… they can leave and join an alternative
group, they can let the committee know what they would like to happen
so the committee can then change their approach or policies, they can
try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able
to represent their position or they can just be quiet and accept that
they get what they get.

Brian Orr has decided to go down the
“remove the committee” route. Most people seem to be taking the “get
what you get” route. I initially took the “join another group” route but
as there wasn’t one I had to start one. It didn’t get off the ground so
I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know
what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies
changed.

I would like to see more people involved. The more
people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more
representative the group is, the more successful the organisation
becomes.

Pulling this back then to the meeting… I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members.

You
joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a
strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information
for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most
from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation
with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are
heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is
not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of
their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people cannot make
that happen. It needs us, our involvement to make it happen. Get
involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them
to do. If you can do more then great! They need all the help they can
get if we want this to happen. It is no good us just complaining that
nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am
stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at
least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting
(probably some time in January I believe) and have a say.

To
those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having
an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent.
The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will
be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up
especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring
us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to
try to make that happen is I possibly can.

EVDA-UK
has over 160 members (and growing) including 4 committee members. This
was a general meeting of the committee with an invite to all members to
attend. It was not a meeting just about the issue of the vote. In fact
the vote was a very small part of the meeting and the general activity
of the committee and the EVDA-UK in general was reported and discussed.
Something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have
been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting then
for me was the pathetically small member attendance… in fact, apart
from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is
something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the
ground… people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms,
make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best
to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to
shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps
this is just a fact of life… most people have their own lives to be
concerned with and so there are just a small number who are able and
willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest
the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right
decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want
then they have several choices… they can leave and join an alternative
group, they can let the committee know what they would like to happen
so the committee can then change their approach or policies, they can
try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able
to represent their position or they can just be quiet and accept that
they get what they get.

Brian Orr has decided to go down the
“remove the committee” route. Most people seem to be taking the “get
what you get” route. I initially took the “join another group” route but
as there wasn’t one I had to start one. It didn’t get off the ground so
I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know
what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies
changed.

I would like to see more people involved. The more
people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more
representative the group is, the more successful the organisation
becomes.

Pulling this back then to the meeting… I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members.

You
joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a
strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information
for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most
from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation
with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are
heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is
not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of
their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people cannot make
that happen. It needs us, our involvement to make it happen. Get
involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them
to do. If you can do more then great! They need all the help they can
get if we want this to happen. It is no good us just complaining that
nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am
stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at
least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting
(probably some time in January I believe) and have a say.

To
those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having
an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent.
The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will
be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up
especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring
us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to
try to make that happen is I possibly can.

EVDA-UK
has over 160 members (and growing) including 4 committee members. This
was a general meeting of the committee with an invite to all members to
attend. It was not a meeting just about the issue of the vote. In fact
the vote was a very small part of the meeting and the general activity
of the committee and the EVDA-UK in general was reported and discussed.
Something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have
been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting then
for me was the pathetically small member attendance… in fact, apart
from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is
something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the
ground… people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms,
make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best
to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to
shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps
this is just a fact of life… most people have their own lives to be
concerned with and so there are just a small number who are able and
willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest
the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right
decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want
then they have several choices… they can leave and join an alternative
group, they can let the committee know what they would like to happen
so the committee can then change their approach or policies, they can
try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able
to represent their position or they can just be quiet and accept that
they get what they get.

Brian Orr has decided to go down the
“remove the committee” route. Most people seem to be taking the “get
what you get” route. I initially took the “join another group” route but
as there wasn’t one I had to start one. It didn’t get off the ground so
I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know
what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies
changed.

I would like to see more people involved. The more
people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more
representative the group is, the more successful the organisation
becomes.

Pulling this back then to the meeting… I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members.

You
joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a
strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information
for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most
from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation
with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are
heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is
not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of
their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people cannot make
that happen. It needs us, our involvement to make it happen. Get
involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them
to do. If you can do more then great! They need all the help they can
get if we want this to happen. It is no good us just complaining that
nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am
stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at
least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting
(probably some time in January I believe) and have a say.

To
those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having
an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent.
The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will
be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up
especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring
us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to
try to make that happen is I possibly can.

EVDA-UK
has over 160 members (and growing) including 4 committee members. This
was a general meeting of the committee with an invite to all members to
attend. It was not a meeting just about the issue of the vote. In fact
the vote was a very small part of the meeting and the general activity
of the committee and the EVDA-UK in general was reported and discussed.
Something in which, I would have thought, that many members might have
been interested.

The disappointing thing about this meeting then
for me was the pathetically small member attendance… in fact, apart
from the committee, just TWO… me and one other!

This is
something that I found when we tried to get Plug in Britain off the
ground… people are only too happy to make demands, offer criticisms,
make complaints and generally run down those that are doing their best
to create something worthwhile for the community but when push comes to
shove, there is a huge degree of apathy and disinterest.

Perhaps
this is just a fact of life… most people have their own lives to be
concerned with and so there are just a small number who are able and
willing to get involved. However, when faced with this lack of interest
the committee must rely on their own judgement to make the right
decisions. If those decisions are wrong or not what the membership want
then they have several choices… they can leave and join an alternative
group, they can let the committee know what they would like to happen
so the committee can then change their approach or policies, they can
try to see the committee removed and replaced with a committee more able
to represent their position or they can just be quiet and accept that
they get what they get.

Brian Orr has decided to go down the
“remove the committee” route. Most people seem to be taking the “get
what you get” route. I initially took the “join another group” route but
as there wasn’t one I had to start one. It didn’t get off the ground so
I have now changed tack and am now taking the “let the committee know
what they would like to happen” route in the hope to see policies
changed.

I would like to see more people involved. The more
people involved, the more diverse the ideas and skills, the more
representative the group is, the more successful the organisation
becomes.

Pulling this back then to the meeting… I like to put out a genuine plea to all EVDA-UK members.

You
joined the EVDA-UK for a reason. Probably, like me, you want to see a
strong EV community, with benefits to EV owners, reliable information
for new and prospective owners, tools to help EV owners get the most
from their EV and last but certainly not least, proper representation
with the various stakeholders to ensure our voice and our needs are
heard and considered. Leaving all this to just the 4 on the committee is
not going to work. Regardless of who those 4 people are, regardless of
their dedication, regardless of their efforts… 4 people cannot make
that happen. It needs us, our involvement to make it happen. Get
involved even if that just means tell the committee what you want them
to do. If you can do more then great! They need all the help they can
get if we want this to happen. It is no good us just complaining that
nothing is happening if no one else steps up to the plate.

I am
stepping up to the plate to try to help and I urge everyone of you to at
least think about what you can do to help too. Attend the next meeting
(probably some time in January I believe) and have a say.

To
those thinking about joining… please do. There is no point in having
an organisation to represent us if there are no members to represent.
The more members we have the stronger our mandate and the more we will
be taken seriously at the stakeholders’ tables. Please sign up
especially if you were a member of Plug in Britain… EVDA-UK can bring
us everything that Plug in Britain aimed to achieve and I am going to
try to make that happen is I possibly can.

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