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Confidentiality
of Board Email
Excerpted from The Minority Report

Between board meetings, much discussion occurs among board members via email. Board members belong to an email group called a “listserv” which enables each of us to conveniently email all the other board members at once. The Centrist position is that the content of these emails should be considered confidential. The Egalitarians argue that to keep our listserv confidential is inappropriate - that in effect we are holding a continuous closed meeting, which is probably illegal. According to the bylaws, closed meetings can be held only for specific limited purposes (litigation and personnel). The matter of keeping all listserv discussions private (even those that do not deal with litigation and personnel) came up many times when one of us would reveal to the membership what was being discussed on the board listserv. Once I was accused of disloyalty to the board for revealing to the Ukiah Studio Group that a matter concerning the studio would be on the next board agenda. The issue of confidentiality for the board listserv has never been formally resolved.

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