ME Association now registered as “The ME Society”
In February, this year, I sought clarification from the ME Association Board of Trustees around their recent use of the wording “Welcome to The ME Association, sometimes known as The ME Society.” on their website and “Also known as The ME Society…” on their ME Association on MySpace site.
I note, today, that the wording on the Home Page of the ME Association’s website has been changed yet again and now reads:
“Welcome to The ME Association, also registered as The ME Society.”
Charity Commission website entry at 21 September 2009:
THE MYALGIC ENCEPHALOPATHY ASSOCIATION LIMITED
MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS ASSOCIATION (Old Name )
THE MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS ASSOCIATION (Old Name )
THE MYALGIC ENCEPHALOPATHY ASSOCIATION (Old Name )
THE ME SOCIETY (Working Name )
THE ME ASSOCIATION (Working Name )
I am not aware of any announcement having been made by the ME Association about the formal adoption of this organisation working name nor the rationale behind it. There would not appear to be any reference in the summaries of the Association’s board meetings to any decision being taken to register “The ME Society” as a Working Name with the Charity Commission or to the ratification of a decision taken between board meetings.
Once again, this appears to be an issue that the Board did not want (or did not consider) it needed to be transparent about. But ME Association members have a right to be informed about such changes and the rationale behind them and some of them might also have expected to have been consulted.