We're these concerns raised a year ago with the result being the FAdm coming back from his leave of absence to kick out a half-dozen chapters and remove the entire discussion about those members concerns from the CCN?
Contrary to perception and I'm sure some people's opinions, no one was kicked out of the CDF for their opinions. The Former FAdm made a brief return return from his leave to deal with some serious internal issues that concerned the very survival of the CDF. He was back for 24 hours. Upon assuming command once he departed again I made the decision, in consultation with the leadership of the CDF, in the interest of furthering the CDF, to airlock the members/chapters that that happened to.
Since that time, I along with Adm Rivera, AFAdm Merrit and the rest of the Octagon, Fleet Commanders and members, have been in full and total command and control of the CDF.
Also of note, almost everyone that was airlocked, was given the opportunity to rejoin with no loss of status, position, rank or privileges. Those that chose to do so, were reintegrated into the fleet, those that chose not to, weren't. Anyone who was here then, and is not now, is by their choice.
The situation went far beyond expressing some opinions. The CDF position on the issue of Mr. Gastineau was then, what it is now, he is on indeterminate leave until his legal situation is dealt with and a resolution is at hand. At that time, the leadership of the CDF will determine what if any action it is appropriate or possible to take.
One thing to keep in mind that you and everyone else that likes to opine on the subject seem to be forgetting, the CDF now, is NOTHING like it was then. Since the incorporation, there are legal issues and legal entities to the leadership that must be satisfied in specific ways. It is not as simple anymore as simply saying, "I quit and appoint John Doe as new leader." Mr. Gastineau can no more walk in and say "I'm back!" and re-assume command than I can walk into the offices of IBM or Microsoft and do the same thing. There is a legal process, backed up by legal documentation and legal responsibilities.
Just asking, as that was right about the time I joined and seem to remember losing an entire fleet when all the chapters and memebrs were kicked-out for speaking out about the the concerns they had regarding the FAdms 'personal' issues reflecting on/impacting the CDF.
The impact, perceived or real, of the Former FAdm's current situation on the CDF absolutely was of paramount concern to the leadership. This is why he went on indeterminate leave and remains so. He currently has no say or input on the running of the CDF
I have never met the FAdm and wish him the best in this trying time for him and his family... but it just seems that kicking people out for sharing their concerns and not responding to them as adults makes the CDF and private club run by the BoD.
Just my thoughts.
As I stated, the issue went far beyond people's opinions, and not everything that happened that lead to the final outcome was done or said in a public forum. As such I do not expect you to have all of the information. That being the case, I can understand how it may appear to be one way when in fact the situation was much much different than it appears at first glance.
The CDF, is a private fan club corporation. We do not have share holders, we do not issue stock the incorporation DOES NOT make us a public entity. So while we are a non profit corporation, we are a private corporation. As such final decisions for all matters will, naturally and legally, rest with the Board of Directors. Every corporation on the planet works this way.
Hope this has answered some of your questions concerning this matter.