Cheryl Jones wrote:The NSS would be honored to have the club as a grotto! And each of the club's members as NSS members.
ek wrote:I suspect the age of majority in the District of Columbia when the NSS was founded was 21. But anyway...
ek wrote:The reason I brought up 17 is that 17 is the age at which NSS members are permitted to vote in BoG elections. Not 18. 17. That pretty much rebuts any claim that minors cannot legally vote in BoG elections.
ek wrote:Furthermore, I recall that some interesting friends of my family gave me two shares of stock in an energy company for my Bar Mitzvah. That was when I was 13 years and one day old. When the company merged with another company, which was just a few years later, I voted on the question of the merger.
ek wrote:Cheryl Jones wrote:The NSS would be honored to have the club as a grotto! And each of the club's members as NSS members.
Perhaps lifting the age discrimination rule that prevents most high school students from being voting NSS members would usher in that eventuality.
We talk about attracting the next generation of cavers. Doing so is a challenge for every generation. Giving all members of the Society voting rights is one way to send the message that we actually take them seriously. (Remember when there was talk of the BoG trying to take voting rights away from Basic members, and all that fuss? Many Basic members planned to leave the NSS. We might not get good turnout on our ballots, but being able to vote makes all the difference in the world.)
Could a high school club most of whose officers are ineligible to be voting NSS members even be an NSS grotto? If the answer is yes, then we have to ask ourselves why we're denying voting power in our organization to people who we'd encourage to start and run a chapter of it.
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