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My Resignation from the Mataw Guro Association

Hello to All,
I am posting my letter of resignation from the Mataw Guro Association, which I have been associated with for a number of years.  I have in the past posted notices about the MGA and their activities and I believe that I should be open with the members of this site who have shared information, ideas and suggestions with me.  It is my belief that the resignation letter is quite clear as to why I resigned from both the MGA Board of Directors and the organization as a whole.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jerome Barber, Ed. D.
 
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An Open Letter to ALL MGA Members,
 
Please be advised that I WILL NOT be attending the 2013 MGA Gathering. Several things have led
me to this decision:  
 
1. My understanding of what the MGA was supposed to be and what it has morphed into between 2010 and 2013 are very far apart philosophically.  
 
2.  My critique of MGA policies have gone unanswered.  My expectation was that as equals within the organization that ideas would be exchanged and debated.  When that does not happen, there is little to no opportunity for growth and development either as individuals or as a collective group.  
 
3.  There is a persistent and pervasive undercurrent of ethnocentric xenophobic behavior within the leadership ranks of the MGA which I simply can not understand and will not be a party to for any reason.  
 
4.  The MGA Board of Directors is totally non-functional.  The BoD members have refused to meet and discuss policies and other matters related to the business of the MGA.  I hereby formally resign my position as a member of that board, effective today, July 12, 2013 at 5pm, EDST.  
 
5.  I am also tendering my resignation from the MG Association, effective today, July 12, 2013, effective at 5pm EDST, so that PMG Lou Lledo will have time to name a person to serve out the remainder of my 2 year appointment as a member of the BoD.  
 
I shall not be using the MG designation after 5 pm EDST today and any communications that any member of the MGA might wish to have with me should use the title "Dr."  or "Professor" since both are earned titles and not associated with the MGA in any manner.  I will retain the "MG" as part of my professional resume since it was awarded prior to the formal organizational structure of the MGA.  
 
Good bye to all.  
 
Respectfully,  
 
Dr. Jerome Barber,
Grand Master, Datu, Principal Teacher,
INDEPENDENT Escrima-Kenpo-Arnis Associates

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