An election is a great idea - except that as I understand it - you can only run if you have been a regional officer or above - so you limit the pool of potentially talented individuals (and outside influence) that could turn this around. Also, the timing of said election is going to be very interesting. Do you hold the election before the end of this year or wait until next year? If you wait until next year, I would assume that you need to be a paid member to vote - so you are in effect forcing people to join a club, not knowing who will be running it, what direction the club is heading, what bylaw changes are going to put into place, and what the actual regions are/or look like. If I was to re-join as a member next year, I would also want a full disclosure of the clubs assets, liabilities, and POTENTIAL LIABILITIES so that I could make an informed decision. Why not make immediate changes and hold an immediate vote as 1/3 of the director level or above positions are currently open? Those are 5 votes/opinions that could help to save the club. Odd as this may sound - I was in favor of trying to save the VCA - and after reading my second paragraph and having a feeling of how difficult the current bylaws make an immediate change almost impossible, now know why an entirely new club makes more sense.