Motion of Intent to Revoke MC’s Membership
The board voted on the Motion of Intent to Revoke MC’s Membership in a special email session initiated on October 6, 2013. The motion passed unanimously on October 7, 2013.
Below is a copy of the notification sent to MC of the motion, which was sent at 8:54 AM EDT October 9, 2013.
Subject: Attn: MC From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, October 9, 2013 5:54 am To: *** M***, I am sending the material below to you at the request of the Board of Directors. There are two board motions below. The first one was passed by the board by unanimous vote. The board intends to vote on the second motion after you have an opportunity to respond as explained in the first motion. Please reply to this email when you open it so I can inform the board that you have received it. Thanks, Konrad Secretary i3 Detroit Motion of Intent to Revoke MC’s Membership Whereas i3 Detroit seeks to provide a welcoming environment free of hostility to all members, the board must act when a member exhibits a pattern of actions that harm our community. MC has made many positive contributions to the space, but those cannot outweigh the hostile environment he has contributed to creating. 1. The secretary is hereby directed to send a copy of this motion and the Motion to Revoke MC’s Membership to MC via his email address of record. 2. The board intends to vote on the Motion to Revoke MC's Membership at the next practicable opportunity. 3. If MC voluntarily terminates his membership after the passage of this motion and before the vote on the Motion to Revoke, the board will defer the vote on the Motion to Revoke. If, subsequent to such voluntary termination, MC becomes a member again, the board intends to vote on the Motion to Revoke as soon after he becomes a member again as is practicable. 4. Pursuant to Article 3, Section 10 of the Bylaws, MC may respond in writing (to email@example.com) or in person to the board with regards to the Motion to Revoke before the scheduled vote. To hear a response in person, the board will make a good-faith effort to schedule a time when as many board members as possible can attend. Motion to Revoke MC’s Membership Whereas i3 Detroit seeks to provide a welcoming environment free of hostility to all members, the board must act when a member exhibits a pattern of actions that harm our community. MC has made positive contributions to the space in the past, but those cannot outweigh the hostile environment he has contributed to creating. 1. The membership of MC is hereby revoked, effective immediately, because the board has determined that he has engaged in conduct materially and seriously prejudicial to the interests and purposes of the corporation. This was a pattern of repeated conduct that continued after he was informed that it was inappropriate. a. Meeting one of the grounds for membership revocation in the Standing Rules: ”The member is a disruption about whom multiple members have complained.” Multiple members complained when he repeatedly took his dispute with Nate Warnick over the bike and welding shops onto the member’s mailing list. Multiple members complained about many of the steps he took in transforming the bike shop into what he intended would be a casting zone. b. Posting on the mailing list a hurtful personal insult directed at another member: an intolerable violation of our rule to be excellent to one another. c. Multiple rule violations having to do with bringing in, relocating, storing, and damaging property. E.g., storing bar countertops not in compliance with the wood shop storage guidelines, improperly relocating bike shop tools to the graveyard, relocating robot knife fight arena to non-compliant storage in wood shop, cutting off the front section of the bike shop workbench and storing it unsafely in the wood shop, drilling unsightly holes in the large projection screen, disconnecting and partially disassembling the Argon-Left-On warning system in the welding shop, storing a large steel lamp in the power-wheels corner without parking permit. 2. The minimum period of revocation shall be 90 days. If MC voluntarily terminated his membership after the passing of the Motion of Intent to Revoke and before the vote on the Motion to Revoke, the number of days after voluntary termination count as if they were days after revocation for the purpose of meeting the above 90 day minimum period. 3. The following additional conditions must be met, in the sole judgement of the board, for MC to be welcome to become a member again. The primary consideration of the board will be its responsibility to protect our community from the harmful behaviors that led to the revocation. a. His words and actions as he responded to Motion of Intent to Revoke reflected our need for everyone at i3 to be respectful to one another and follow the rules, even in disagreement. b. He removed his property from the space in a timely and considerate manner, reflecting the fact that we rely on both rules and consensus to make efficient use of a limited space. c. He has taken the initiative to repair or provide compensation for property he damaged, in each individual case working with a zone warden and/or a board member to reach consensus on the best resolution. d. His presence on i3 social media as a non-member has reflected the need for everyone at i3 to be excellent to one another. For example, limiting negative communications to only those recipients who need to know about a specific problem and can help to resolve it, working to calm heated discussions rather than fanning the flames, responding to respectful questions without defensiveness, using language appropriate for a diverse audience, disengaging rather than continuing an online conflict that has become counter-productive. e. His presence as a guest has demonstrated a consistent focus on positive contributions to the community and educational mission of i3 Detroit, as well as a proactive respect for the rules, including the rule that all guests are required to sign in with a host member. 4. If MC wishes to return to membership after his membership has been revoked, he may request in writing (to firstname.lastname@example.org) that the board review his status with regards to the conditions under which he is welcome to become a member again. This review may be requested no more than one time for each elected board, i.e., once per year.