Late this afternoon, on the eve of the National Day, a public holiday and traditionally the beginning of the annual holidays for most people here in France all members of the GLNF received the latest copy of Brèves by e-mail. This missive from the Pisan Propaganda Ministry invited us to download an unsigned, undated note from Maître Legrand which doesn’t even have her professional stamp upon it. link
The first question that springs to mind is how does Pisan communicate with thos members of the GLNF who do not have an e-mail address or a computer ? Snail mail, carrier pigeon, pony express ?
The note orders us to pay an exceptional contribution (without stipulating the amount). Those who fail to do so by July 19th, just 6 days away including a public holiday, a traditional “pont” plus a weekend, are threatened with being struck off the GLNF membership register on July 20th. If it wasn’t so ludicrous I might even be tempted to laugh.
We have absolutely no guarantee that this document has been produced or authorised by Maître Legrand. I’m tempted to suggest that it is a 100 % Pisan production. For if Maître Legrand is behind the note I suggest she re-read the Statutes and By-Laws of our Association. The terms of the note are in direct contradiction with Article 16.3 of the By-Laws “Definitive exclusion occurs when the lateness in payment is for two years”. The procedure of exclusion is covered by Article 17.1. In it the Lodge is seized upon the initiative of the WM, or the PGM or the GM prior to a contradictory debate and a secret ballot.
The dues for 2010-2011 have not been voted, the dues have not and cannot be called and therefore, no dues are payable for the moment. Why be concerned over an inexistent obligation ? Should the cash reserves of the GLNF run so low as to put the existence of the Association at risk, at best Maître Legrand could call upon the Brethren to make a contribution but under no circumstances can she threaten us with sanctions if we don’t rush for our cheque books.
Since December 4th, 2009 we have become used to François Stifani’s disregard for legal procedure (when it suits his purposes) his quick resort to legal procedure (when it suits his purpose) and his cavalier attitude in general. Today’s effort smacks more of François Stifani than of Maître Legrand.
Faced with the open threat stated clearly and explicitly in the note there is only one body who can and should decide, the Lodge, the most sovereign of all the GLNF entities. Pisan cannot decide, neither can FMR, Myosotis, the XV GMPs, or Uncle Tom Cobbly. And that is exactly why the “Solemn Declaration of the Lodges” has been established; so that the Lodge’s sovereign decision can be heard.
The undated, unsigned and non-stamped note purporting to come from Maître Legrand makes no mention of the amount of the “exceptional contribution”, provides no justification for the claim that the GLNF is strapped for cash.
Myosotis has investigated. The cash reserves of the GLNF more than suffice to meet all foreseeable future expenditure. Under no circumstances can the terms of the note be justified. And the open threat is a toothless tiger as the by-laws of the Association prevent it being implemented.
Don’t be intimidated. Don’t pay anything. Not a cent, not a farthing, not a brass razoo !!! No AG, no nothing !!!
Nil illegitimus carborundum !!!
Don’t let the bastard grind you down !!!