Entry: ME Association Thursday, July 15, 2004



Denial of membership by ME Association

Denial of membership to Suzy Chapman [Carer of young adult with ME, List owner of FreeMEuk and MEinformUK] by the Board of Trustees of the ME Association.
I feel very strongly that the issue of the Board of Trustees' decision to deny me membership of the ME Association needs to be kept in the public domain. I am therefore appending a copy of the paper letter I sent this morning to Dr Charles Shepherd, Company Secretary, ME Association.
A paper copy of my letter to the Company Secretary was CC'd to Ms Christine Llewellyn, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and electronic copies were CCd to: Rick Osman, Tony Britton, Ewan Dale, Diane Newman, Angela Flack, Charles Shepherd and Christine Llewellyn.
Beneath this letter is a copy of the communication I received yesterday (12 July) notifying me that the Board of Trustees have denied my application to become a member of the Association.
Suzy Chapman

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(Address and telephone number)
The Board of Trustees
ME Association
4 Top Angel
Buckingham Industrial Park
Buckingham MK18 1TH
13 July 2004
For the attention of: Dr Charles Shepherd, Acting Company Secretary
with copy to Ms Christine Llewellyn, Chairman
Dear Dr Shepherd,
Re: Denial of application for membership of the ME Association Yesterday I received a letter signed 'for and on behalf of' the Board of Trustees informing me that the Board has declined my application for membership.
I shall require the following questions to be addressed:
1] Are ALL applications for membership received by the MEA's Head Office considered by the Board of Trustees and what is the usual procedure for this? Have there been any changes in these procedures over the last 7 months and when were they first adopted?
2] Was my application considered and discussed at a meeting of the Board of Trustees and entered in the minutes of that meeting? or
3] Was my application considered and discussed by ALL members of the Board using an acceptable method of communication other than through the process of a Board meeting or was this discussed using such a method by SOME members of the Board? or
4] Was the decision to deny my application made under Officer's Action/Chairperson Decision and as such was implemented without the need for consideration by the Board at a meeting of the Board of Trustees? or
5] Was the denial of membership made by a member of staff in the name of the Board of Trustees according to prior instruction and not discussed by Board members either at a Board meeting or by other means, following receipt of the application?
6] What polices and procedures does the Board of Trustees have in place for deciding on an individual's suitability for becoming a member of the Association?
7] What criteria does the Association use to judge if an individual is deemed fit to become a member of the Association? What is the reason or reasons for my application being denied?
8] What right of appeal do individuals have whose applications have been denied, and what is the appeals procedure?
9] Why have I not been informed of the Association's policies and procedures for approving memberships and right to appeal following the rejection of my application?
Yours sincerely,
Suzy Chapman
CC Christine Llewellyn, Chairman
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Denial of membership by Board of Trustees, ME Association
On 30th June I sent in an application form for membership of the ME Association together with a cheque for 15.00.
On Monday, 13 July I received the following letter from the ME Association, sent 'Special delivery'.
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The ME Association
4 Top Angel
Buckingham Industrial Park
MK18 1TH
Mrs Susan Chapman
(Address)
09 July 2004
Dear Mrs Chapman
It is with regret that in this instance the Board of Trustees have declined your application for membership.
We therefore enclose your cheque here with.
Yours sincerely,
pp (indecipherable signature)
Board of Trustees
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