A great deal of controversy has recently been generated amongst members of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B). If the society's Board of Directors has its way, the several thousand present members will soon be disenfranchised.
The Board of Directors has proposed an amendment to the organization's by-laws that will eliminate all memberships in the Society, other than the 15 people who sit on the Board of Directors. That's right: the proposal states that there will only be fifteen members, and they alone will run the society. They will not be answerable to anyone else. Today's treasury, library, and all other assets will become the sole property of the very small genealogy society, controlled entirely by fifteen people.
As you might guess, the proposal has not been well received by present members. My e-mail inbox has been ablaze with messages and genealogy message boards have been abuzz with reactions as the details of this proposal have started to circulate.