I guess you read this minute from the CSCC's AGM.
8.4 – Obligations on BCA Member Clubs
The BCA had noted correspondence at its AGM which suggested that some Clubs were not adequately fulfilling their obligations to their Members in respect of keeping them informed about what the BCA was doing, important communiqués, etc. CSCC Member Clubs are reminded that they are the only route of contact the BCA has with its Club Individual
Members (CIM’s); a declaration to this effect is actually part of the BCA membership form. A quick survey of those Clubs represented at the Meeting revealed wildly different degrees of information dissemination.
The CSCC Secretary was only repeated what was said at the National Council meeting. I can't remember what the specific issue was. In fact there might not have been a specific issue, this is the kind of language I've heard before from one specific individual who has a bee in his bonnet about CIM's.
There is an important message here. That is that the BCA has no direct communication with CIMs and relies on the clubs. This was a deliberate choice in order to keep the costs of CIM membership to a bare minimum.
However using patronising language like "not adequately fulfilling their obligations " is unhelpful . It just winds people up. Especially since I think the only items BCA has sent out this year are Newsletter 6 (This week) and the notification of the AGM in March.
Ideally the BCA Newsletter and Handbook should be made available to the club membership rather than kept as the personal copy of whoever it is posted to. Easy for the few clubs with libraries, tricky otherwise. Alternatively items can be extracted for the club newsletter, but where do you draw the line? Clearly it can't all be republished. Should you even republish an item such as the BCA Chairman's Annual Report? I think not.
The Club Application Form wrote:It is therefore incumbent upon the Club to ensure that BCA communications and information is passed to your members. This is a condition of BCA membership.
This is way to general. It simply isn't practical for clubs to do this with everything they receive from the BCA. Maybe the BCA should be more explicit about the items it thinks clubs should pass on to its members and issue them as press-release. Then leave the other items about the good works of the BCA to the discretion of editors.
The BCA does have other routes to get its message across. It has a website that it could put copies of the Newsletter on. And dare I say it, it has this Forum where the officers can directly interact with the membership. Neither of which is really happening. Maybe when it is using its own channels of publication in a timely and effective manner it'll be justified in expecting more of the clubs.