From my point of view, one of the roles of a Running Club is to assist members to register in both local and overseas races. Of course it will be great if the Club has members' interest at heart and fight for them when necessary. The present case is a good example.
But we have to bear in mind that afterall it is a private dispute between the organiser and the 3 forerunners (unless they represented the Club to run the race and the Club has a claim to the cash prize). It will be totally understandable if the 3 runners refuse to participate in any activities organised by the organiser in future. The Club may intervene as a matter of courtesy or showing its support to them. From Wo Goh's post, I tend to believe that it is just a misunderstanding and it can be resolved through dialogue.
I agree with Lewis that boycott will not lead us to one way or another. It will just affect the image of the Club and the interest of all members as a whole. I am sure 99% of our club members are running for fun, not for any monetary reward. Has the management committee taken thier interest into consideration before making such a decision? As a leader of an organisation, I think there is a need to consider an issue like this from a wider perspective.
Please don't get me wrong. I am not trying to challenge the decision of any person or the committee. For this particular race, I can register for myself or with the help of other more enthusiatic runners/volunteers. I just feel obliged to point it out for the good and furtherance of the Longrun in the long run.
大力 發表於 2015-12-16 12:39
From my point of view, one of the roles of a Running Club is to assist members to register in both l ...
To response (peronally) not from working committee. I must say, It will be a dilemma between fighting for one single member's interest or majority members' interest , I personally choose "一個都不能少"! Anyway thank you all of you in giving us insights.
Though it sounds like putting the cart before the horse, I respect how you see this matter.
Personally, I can hardly agree with putting one's interest above all. It defeats the whole purpose of having an organisation. An oragnisation is not here to serve any individual, it should always act in the best interest of the majority, if not all.
As for your argument of "一個都不能少", I have to point out that participation in 清远马 does not mean that we agree with the way the organiser handled this matter nor we sacrifice the interest of the female member. Longrun can still assist the member concerned to further pursue this matter. Boycott will only tarnish the relationship with the organiser. How can you assist the member under such circumstances?
Go to 清远, rebuild the relationship, raise this matter with the authority. No matter what the outcome is, you have done your job and all members will appreciate your effort.
I have to reiterate that I am not here to challenge the decision of any person or the working committee. I am just expressing my view in the capacity of a member of the Longrun.