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The Board of Directors of ISKCON New Raman Reti shall select a devotee to serve as GBC for the community and attend the annual meeting of the GBC in Mayapur.
HOW THEY WANT IT
Devotees Want Their Own GBC
Florida devotees in Alachua, near Gainesville, want their own GBC, not someone from outside. They will elect someone to represent them on the GBC Body, and they hope their candidate will be accepted by the GBC Body in Mayapur. CHAKRA has received the following article, stating their position.
REFORM PROPOSAL BY THE ALACHUA BOARD OF DIRECTORSPresented at the North American GBC meetings in New Vrindavan and in the restructuring meetings in Potomac, Maryland.
ISKCON North America Executive Committee
accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Board of Directors of ISKCON of Alachua requests the ISKCON North America
Executive Committee to consider the idea of locally selected GBC
representation. We believe that, although this idea may not be applicable
or prudent everywhere in ISKCON at this time, it is a worthy idea for
consideration and may help to restore faith in the GBC body. In November,
1999, the Board of Directors of ISKCON of Alachua passed the following
New Raman Reti (Alachua, FL) is the largest ISKCON community in the West;
-Whereas the community leaders feel a strong need to communicate more
effectively with the GBC body; -Whereas the NRR community members, at a
public meeting convened to discuss the matter, concluded that more direct
representation is preferable;
is hereby resolved that: Beginning in the year 2000, the Board of
Directors of ISKCON New Raman Reti shall select a devotee to serve as GBC
for the community and attend the annual meeting of the GBC in Mayapur.
Although it hopes that the representative will have the fullest possible
degree of participation with the GBC body, the Board understands that the
GBC body will determine whether the representative may vote, be on COM,
Board gratefully acknowledges Sesa prabhu's endorsement of this proposal
and his willingness to continue to serve as interim GBC representative
until this arrangement is fully confirmed."
Burke Rochford, after surveying the followers of Srila Prabhupada, wrote
in the ISKCON Communications Journal (June, 1999) that there is a
"striking lack of trust between ISKCON members and the movement's
leadership". He further described "it is clear that many ISKCON
members...and former members alike place minimal trust in ISKCON's
leadership..." He cited a lack of responsiveness from leaders, who
are perceived to be out of touch with the needs and lives of the average
member of ISKCON. Rochford wrote "...many felt that the GBC had
little real relevance to their lives as devotees," and referred to
"a decline in GBC authority". He went on to assert "A
sizable percentage of ISKCON's congregational members believed that a
representational form of government would help broaden the variety of
viewpoints found on the GBC."
know that you are fully aware of the situation described by Rochford. We
ask that you seriously consider the idea of locally selected GBCs as a
component in the rectification of the situation. Thank you for your
attention in this matter. Hare Krsna.
servants on the New Raman-reti Board of Directors,
dasi (Temple President), Nagaraja dasa (Secretary), Raghupati Pran dasa,
Sukhada dasi, Kesihanta dasa, Isvara Puri dasa (Temple Vice-president),
Dhira Govinda dasa (Chairman)
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