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December 21st, 2009


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02:07 pm - ADF elections fun. . .
I just did some of the numbers on the nomination process for Archdruid for the Clergy Council's nomination. It's been awesome to see us talk about the process and who we'd like to see, and I've enjoyed seeing all the names that have come up in all the places I've seen them, too.

The thing is, three bodies can nominate an AD: the Mother Grove (our Board of Directors), the Clergy Council, and the Council of Senior Druids (elected SD's from Groves). What's gotten complicated is trying to figure out who has voted on which nomination so that duplicates don't happen. I think that my recent count is pretty accurate, with 11 clergy not on one of the other two bodies, or not voting on them both (like myself).

To make things more complicated, clergy who are among the nominating group who voted on the CoSD to nominate a candidate are allowed to vote for a CC candidate, and vice versa. The clergy, however, seem to be sticking to a notion that it's not proper to vote in both nominations, which is pleasant to see, even if it's not required, so no duplicate nomination voting is taking place.

Add to this that I can't see the Mother Grove's voting record until it gets posted, and it's been a wonderful maze of guessing. I suppose I could ask, but what's the fun in that?

Elections in ADF can be alternately stressful and wonderful, I tend to think. I enjoy watching them go by with very little participation from myself other than casting my votes. I've gotten pretty deft at avoiding elections over the past 10 years I've been in ADF (as have a few other people, I'm noticing), though I admit that my nomination as "Site of the Annual Membership Meeting" a few years ago was pretty tempting.

I am very pleased to see that James "Seamus" Dillard (seamus_mcnasty) has accepted his nomination for Vice Archdruid. After watching what he has managed to do with one tiny local Grove (not so tiny anymore, are we, Three Cranes?), I know that, if he wins, he will have an even greater positive impact on ADF as a whole. His work as Senior Druid of this Grove led us to surpassing even my most ambitious dreams of what a Grove could be like. I cannot wait to see what ADF could be like with him as VAD.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: "Such a Long Haul, Such a Short Fall", -JB

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From:wcm
Date:December 21st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I cannot wait to see what ADF could be like with him as VAD.

My thoughts exactly!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Somehow, I missed 'em. Thanks!
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From:druid_medb
Date:December 22nd, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
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It seems this will be a very interesting election.
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:December 22nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
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Thank you Mike for your kind words. I agree with Jess that it will be an exciting election with her, me, AJ, Barb and Flip running for VAD and maybe others to join the race ADF has a lot of wonderful people who will all be good but different choices...ADF is blessed with this opportunity and choice. My goal is to prove to all those who nominated me that I am worthy of thier faith in me.
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From:serendipity_9
Date:December 23rd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
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That is, if Seamus wins. There are others that are respected in ADF on that ticket, so I'm not sure it's "in the bag" for Seamus to win. I'm glad there are worthy folks on the ticket. I'm not glad that I have to choose where to cast my votes. Do I toss all my votes to one candidate or weight my votes for the people I see as ready to do justice to VAD? Ugh!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 23rd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Which is why I mentioned, very specifically, "if he wins."

I have the utmost confidence that every person on the ticket will provide admirable service to ADF. It's good to be in a position where, no matter what happens, we know we're in good hands.
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From:serendipity_9
Date:December 23rd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
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It was "I cannot wait to see what ADF could be like with him as VAD." that I was responding to, as well as the other comments. But it's good that Seamus' grovemates think so highly of him! Regardless of the outcome.
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:December 23rd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't think it was to taken as "in the bag" As for you comment about " do justice" to the job - I have said it here and elsewhere that I have respect for all those running - but I do think I am worthy of the job, my past experience in the corporate world as well as my work locally and nationally for ADF shows that I have the energy and leadership skillset to do the job.

I thank you for considering me as VAD in light of the fact that AJ is your husband - it says a lot about the race and those of us running, if even you struggle with where to place your votes.

I again stress that ADF is very lucky to have so many wonderful people ready to step up and do the work of the office of VAD and should AJ win I will gladly shake his hand and wish him well in his service to ADF and knowing him I know I can expect the same, that goes for everyone running.

I think I have earned a certain measure of respect in ADF and I belong here in this race. I don't think it will be an easy race but I do expect to win and continue to build on the work I have already started.
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From:serendipity_9
Date:December 23rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I hope you didn't take my comments personally - I meant to say that you are one of the "worthy" folks on the ticket - I guess it is a tribute to your grovemates (and you) that they think so highly of you as to imply that your candidacy is a shoe-in (that's how I read it, even if the writers didn't realize it). I didn't want to characterize any one of the candidates (AJ included) specifically, because I didn't want to get too personal. I honestly have a hard time figuring who "the best one" would be. Good luck!
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:December 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
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I hope you know be better than that - I think we should take pieces from all of us and create a Frankendruid...but you must use my calves...they are the best out of everyone running thus far...Frankendruid for VAD...

"The best" is subjective - we are all good in our own right. Except my calves no one can touch them in ADF...for the first time ever ADF does a pose off for VAD...grab the oil...

Good luck to AJ too I hope he comes in second ;)
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From:serendipity_9
Date:December 23rd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
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I don't know - I'm not sure you've seen AJ's calves. Not only are they prodigious, but well-shaped as well. Sculpted. Sorry, but I've seen your calves and both my objective and subjective opinions point firmly (yes, quite firm) in AJ's direction. So if calves are the only measure on which to base this election, AJ will get all 10 of my votes, most definitely! I apologize profusely for differing in opinion from you.

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