I'm really pleased Tim has chosen to push on with the proposals I originally drafted when I was BCA Secretary. Getting the BCA's constitution simplified and made more modern is really important if the organisation is to become relevant for the future of British Caving. Simplifying the working of the BCA is essential to make the life of volunteers easier.
The more lengthy proposal (about the future direction of the BCA with respect to membership and infrastructure, page 12-14 of the agenda) represented my long term vision for the organisation and what I was hoping to work towards over the coming two years. After standing down, I didn't really feel it was my place to continue to push this personally, but it is still what I believe is right. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of others on this, and I look forward to seeing opinions expressed at the AGM.
The AGM agenda and all proposals can be found here:https://british-caving.org.uk/wiki3/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=about:documents:general_meetings:2020_agm_agenda.pdf
I am surprised that we are less than a week from the AGM, yet no email seems to have gone out to members, despite the BCA holding email addresses for about 2/3 of its membership (all clubs, and about ~4000 individuals I think) and having campaigned hard for years to get members to give their email addresses for exactly this purpose. Hopefully this will be rectified this week. It would be a shame for people to miss the chance to participate because they didn't spot it on Facebook/UKCaving.
The BCA still has the opportunity to turn itself around and become the national body we can all be proud of. The key antagonists have now left the organisation (I guess I should include myself in that). In particular, those who were most active in blocking change and undermining anyone seeking it, are no longer involved. Therefore, some of the biggest barriers to change are now gone. The enthusiastic volunteers who remain are now free to think ambitiously, and deliver the changes the BCA needs without barriers and bureaucracy being thrown in their way.
With live-streaming of the meeting available for the first time, I'd urge as many cavers as possible to watch the event from the comfort of home (or take a speaking position if any remain), see what is going on, and to discuss the various proposals and future directions that are on the table. This is especially important as I believe online voting is going to be opened immediately after the meeting and only until the end of the month, so there will be limited time to discuss and debate these things after the meeting before voting closes. All proposals achieving support at the meeting will progress to a membership ballot.
Details about how to join are here (and have already been circulated by the BCA in a separate topic):https://british-caving.org.uk/wiki3/doku.php?id=bca_agm_2020
Fingers crossed for a positive, forward looking and enjoyable AGM