Electioneering, Part 2

And it continues…

This one from an intercepted communique sent out to members of the Alumni Council. This time, Merle Adleman ’80, she of the cancelled election fame, has sent a plea to her friends on the Alumni Council, asking for signatory and financial support to publicly endorse the document.

Please excuse the formatting; the letter is reproduced here in the form in which I received it.

From: Patricia Fisher/Alumni Leadership
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 2:28 PM
Subject: From President Martha Beattie

Dear councilors,

I am forwarding an important letter from Merle
Adelman ’80, first vice
president of the association of alumni. She is asking our
help in
about the new constitution and creating a public list of
alumni endorsers. I
feel it is crucial for the Alumni Council to respond
immediately and
on this issue, given that we unanimously approved the
constitution at our

This is a purely volunteer effort. As you will see below,
Kaja Schuppert
’95, a
member of the association executive committee, is
collecting the list of
endorsers. Jim Adler ’60 is buying an ad in the Dartmouth
Alumni Magazine
list all the names of the endorsers. Any support you could
give to each of
is much appreciated. You will note that Kaja is asking for
names by today,
12, so please respond quickly.

Best wishes,
Martha Beattie


I am writing on behalf of the Executive Committee of the
Association of
Alumni and the AGTF/AoA Communications Committee to ask
for your help in
creating a public “endorsers” list for the AGTF-proposed
constitution that
has been approved by the Alumni Council.

The Communications Committee, with the support of many
volunteers, will be
running an endorsement ad in the September/October issue
of the Dartmouth
Alumni Magazine.

The ad will include the following copy with a list of 400+
alumni in
chronological order endorsing this.

Vote YES on the Proposed New Alumni Constitution.

” Better Representation – for classes, clubs, and
affiliated groups

” Direct All-Media Voting- for officers, at-large reps,
and key

” Fair Trustee Elections – with majority victories and

” Stronger Trustee Communication – through the new Alumni
Board (ALB)

” Easier Access to Elected Office – if you choose to run

Vote YES for a more democratic, transparent, and fair
system of governance.

September 15-October 31, 2006

What we need from you – a list of endorsers of the
constitution who are
willing to put their names on this list (and on a longer
list that may be
posted electronically on a web site). Ideally, this list
should include a
wide range of alumni leaders from all classes – leaders
who may hold
differing viewpoints on this issue, but who have come
together to endorse
the document.

So, can you:

* Reach out to the Class Officers, Alumni Council and
Club Officers –
whoever you represent – today or tomorrow
* Ask them to reach out to their constituents and ask
if they will
both endorse the AGTF-proposed constitution and ask other
class/club leaders
to do so – and be listed in the ad.
* Ask them if they would be willing to contribute funds
towards the ad
since this is a volunteer-funded effort
* Respond with their names to Kaja Schuppert ’95
(kaja.k.schuppert.95@alum.dartmouth.org) by Wednesday July

I believe a note may have already gone to the Alumni
Council and another one
wouldn’t hurt – a two pronged approach from councilors and
class officers,
complemented by club officers can only help.

If you would like to be listed, send Kaja your name.

If you would like to contribute, please send a check (we
need $1700 at a
minimum and have commitments for $700 thus far – only 17
contributions of
$100 will do it!) to:

Jim Adler

PO Box 1653

Norwich, VT 05055

Jim is fronting the money and will need funds ASAP. (Make
checks out to

Thanks so much. Questions – give me a call or drop a note.

For Dartmouth,