Roughly 20% of IEEE member quit every year. The overwhelming complaint is the price of dues. Misappropriations in the just the Rochester Section level approach 10% of dues. There is no reason to not believe the misappropriations extend the length and breadth of the organization. There are at least two more levels of management above the Section level. Could misappropriations account for a third of the IEEE dues?
A favorite tactic of those looking to avoid the truth is to say something trivially true and follow it with a non-sequitur comment.
For example anyone can say:
The Menedez brothers legally inherited the estate of their parents.
True. However almost anything you say after that is non-sequitur since they murdered their parents!
In April 2013, Ralph Ford, IEEE VP of MGA said there was “no financial impropriety” when the illegal officers of the IEEE Rochester Section voted themselves a trip to Niagara Falls.
The two people who you never heard saying that the boys legally inherited their parent fortunes are Jose and Mary Menendez, the murder victims. Likewise the people you do not hear saying the Niagara Falls junket was proper are the members of the IEEE Rochester Section.
In April 2013, Director Eckstein justified his negligence in allowing violations of IEEE bylaws with his opinion that it made no difference.
That was good enough for President Staecker. This willingness of President Staecker to allow arbitrary illegal activity with no critical examination is what I call the “Staecker Strategem.”
Did Director Eckstein’s negligence really make no difference? Perhaps. You make the call. What would you believe the voting member might do given a free choice?
- Do you believe the The 500 full-dues paying member would not take issue in spending an extra $10 on their renewal? That money would have gone to send the officers and their friends on a junket to Niagara Falls.
- All the voting members would prefer to vote for the candidates who violated rules and lied to them in order to preserve their control over the Section’s $200K fund balance.
In an organization where you can excuse all your negligence and lies by invoking the Staeker Strategem then why bother following rules or telling the truth at all???
One of the keys behind IEEE elections is that the members only get choices provided by the “Nominations Commmittee.” Thus if the Nominations Committee is corrupt you will only see corrupt candidates. Does this happen. You bet it does!