Goal #3: Impose minimum attendance requirements for directors.
NRA life-member Adam Kraut — an attorney and Second Amendment activist — did a phenomenal public service by publishing recent attendance records of all NRA board members. Adam compiled attendance records from January of 2015 to May of 2018. In that time frame, 22% of the board was absent for at least 30% of the meetings, and four board members did not attend a single meeting at all.
We understand that in many large organizations, supporters often contribute in ways other than attendance at board meetings. Sometimes they bring notoriety, celebrity, or symbolic representation of partnerships and solidarity across different organizations, professions, and interest groups. However, we believe those positions are best reserved for an honorary board. Especially given the difficulties facing the NRA, we need directors who are actively engaged in governance and not just figureheads.
With this in mind we ran a successful petition campaign for the September 2019 NRA Board Meeting introducing a bylaw amendment to this end. NRA Board members then worked to figure out a way they could legally implement the new policy. The end result was a policy requiring attendance, and the ability to punish unexcused absences.
This blog post contains all relevant information about the new policy and some commentary.