7:50 a.m. C has arranged for a hike and it starts out in my area of the city, Beomeosa. It rained overnight but the weather is supposed to improve. I’ll go for at least part of it, but there is a council meeting late this afternoon on the opposite side of town.
C has invited a few of us “waeguk” trekkers to join him and his Korean buddies. That kind of trip can end up in a binge of drinking in the woods with little hiking. We’ll see.
I hope the meeting goes well today. There are two women who are habitual objectors. They accept little of what I say and like to oppose. It seems to be a knee-jerk reaction to a perceived “authority figure.” They did not act like this before I became local president. I think the chemistry of the group will be different because it will be larger today, with two more people joining us. The other two are candidates for the election later this month, so I thought they may as well get their feet wet now. We do not expect any contest, but there will have to be a vote nonetheless. Yeah, I did have the dynamics of the meeting in mind when I sent them invitations. Actually, though, only current officers can vote in the meeting, but I do prefer to seek a consensus among all present.
One of the naysayers is not really an elected officer. She refused to renew her membership out of spite a year ago around the time of the last election, and therefore was not properly elected. Yet she is defiantly and forcefully opinionated—not necessarily after enquiry and reflection. She actually does not have the right to be a decision-maker at formal meetings. It I just that I prefer to go by consensus and keep the peace.
I am fighting off a sore throat today. I hope it does not become something worse. I am taking extra vitamin pills today. I should buy some orange juice to take along.
9:20 p.m. It’s been a long day. The hike was wonderful. We followed a gentle trail on the side of the mountain and walked some eight kilometers, stopping for photos in the glorious fall sunshine. We also had a picnic and someone brought champagne.
I made it to the meeting in Seomyeon with time to spare. Six of us met, with two giving regrets, and the proceedings went smoothly and fairly quickly. It was the two objectors who did not turn up, by the way. Some ideas for future work popped up. We worked out the details for holding the annual business meeting and running the elections, which was a double success. Thankfully, we have a devoted and responsible outgoing Treasurer who is also filling the shoes of Elections Officer for the business meeting.