So IYNAUS responded to its membership about the letter circulating from the former Director of Operations regarding the current IYNAUS president:
In the meantime a former board member sent an email to IYNAUS members asking them to sign a petition to request a community meeting.
Allegations surfaced months ago, and more details are continuing to surface that are disturbing. The IYNAUS board sent out a brief memo on June 14, 2022 however this email omits important details which have a considerable impact on the accuracy of the communication. Members have asked the IYNAUS board for a general meeting. No meeting has been scheduled. According to the IYNAUS governance rules, we members can formally request a meeting through a petition signed by members. That is why I am writing.Email from former IYNAUS Board Member
The change.org petition outlines more details:
According to IYNAUS bylaws, a Membership Meeting can be scheduled at the request of at least 20 current members, among whom at least 10 are CIYTs. We propose an online General Membership Meeting on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at 2pm PT/5pm ET.
The purpose of the meeting will be to:
- Acknowledge that harm has occurred within current IYNAUS leadership, and recommend ways that this harm should be addressed.
- Request hiring a facilitator outside IYNAUS to hold community discussions about this harm and how things can be different in our organization.
- Recommend more effective oversight and governance policies that ensure separation of powers.
- Establish governance and oversight processes for issues not related to teaching, and prevent IYNAUS leadership from investigating itself.
- Recommend expanded professional staff to oversee our organization, and design a budget and income streams that can manage the financial load.
- Recommend using the community conversations in step #2 as a base for strategic planning. This strategic planning should be from the ground up, including members, regional boards, the national board and of course staff.
- Discuss the viability of our current governance structures, and the opportunities for volunteerism and community stewardship in the next 10 years.
- Request updates to the ethics training to include verbal conduct standards.
- Host an annual membership meeting once a year to discuss any issues of interest to the members. The first such meeting would be July 24th, 2022.
Are you feeling like you’ve read this before? Very similar things were said back in February 2020 when another board member resigned. Check it out here: https://parodoxfound.com/2020/02/29/the-iynaus-ethics-committee-2/