Royal Air Force Masirah and Royal Air Force Salalah Association The trials and tribulations
The association has had some wonderful experiences in it's short life, started in 2011 by the four founders Vic Nugent, Vic Redmond, Les Deighton and Colin Blakelock, but it has also been quite turbulent within the committee. This has caused a number of resignations, new members drafted onto the committee until many said enough was enough and there was the resignation of 7 members in March/April 2016. The Association will continue, previous resignees have been brought back to continue the job but I doubt if that will be the end of the troubles.
Much of the membership will be ignorant of what actually happened so this page is just to set the record straight for those that may come across this under the memories page banner.
Text of message accompanying a letter to be read in committee, sent by Andrew Finney resigned secretary.
"Dear Current Committee Members Following the resignations that took place in April, I, as the outgoing Secretary, have documented the events that led to the resignations for you all to see. I’m sure none of this is new to some and of no surprise to others familiar with the Committee dynamics. Given that a number of members have asked for an explanation as to why so many committee members had resigned, and several having left the Association for lack of information and transparency, it is important that some statement is made. You are, as a committee, free to do with this document as you feel fit. However, I strongly recommend that you do give this document some serious consideration. The minutes of the meeting held on the 9th March 2016 are included in the Committee Resignation Statement and attached here separately to enable publication, as agreed at that meeting by the then Committee. Nothing can be gained by remaining silent if you wish to attract new people to the committee in the future."
Text of the 'Resignation Letter to be read in Absentia' at the next committee meeting in May/June.
It's lengthy but for anyone that is interested you need to read to the end. This does not include the half a dozen times there have been arguments, threats of violence or legal action against committee members by committee members during the 2 years I served on the committee or the times before that. I leave you to read and form your own opinions, this is published in the spirit of open communication so that everyone is aware of the truth about the problems. However, as I said to Vic Nugent in my final communication, "Despite the bad feeling and vitriol that has gone before I wish the association every success and I know it will continue to grow because the membership don't really give a toss what happens behind the scenes, as long as the reunions and trips take place they don't really care."
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