Silent Sitters

Have you ever read something and thought to yourself “Wow, that’s a great idea. Why didn’t I think of that?”

We had just such a reaction to the phrase coined by an anonymous poster on Bill Master’s website in a thread discussing LHCC’s then upcoming 2007 election of directors. The phrase: Silent Sitter. That phrase succinctly describes the conduct of too many of LHCC’s directors at board meetings. A Silent Sitter just occupies a chair during a board meeting, contributes very little and seriously questions even less, and ultimately votes in support of the decision already made by the powerful few.

The Silent Sitters’ creed: Say Nothing, Question Less. Just Raise My Hand and Make It Unanimous!

We give our Silent Sitter award to a director or directors at each meeting. Over time, we’ve tweaked our award by placing certain requirements on winning, such as actually attending the meeting. We make it in the spirit of Sen. William Proxmire’s Golden Fleece award. Our award does single out the performance of individual board members, but we’re strictly focused on performance rather than personal opinions. Passive board members are a widely recognized problem at Lake Holiday, and they have been stubbornly resilient to less flamboyant efforts to modify their behavior. We hope by drawing attention to this bad behavior, potential Silent Sitters change their conduct. LHCC’s directors have an important impact on property valued at nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. That’s billion, with a “b.” There’s no room for board members who do not make every effort to be informed, explore all sides of an issue, and vote their consciences.

On November 21, 2007, we gave our first Silent Sitter award, and we’ve been at it ever since. You can look back at all of our Silent Sitter articles, from the newest to the first. Here are some other visual representations of the Silent Sitter award winners.



There are 2 ways to view our Silent Sitter award winners, our TiltViewer and AutoViewer.

Using TiltViewer images will appear to float around on a pale blue background. Try moving your mouse around the TiltViewer display area to watch the images float. Click on a particular image to zoom in on that image, and click on the pale blue background to zoom out. You can also click on the rotating arrow Rotating Arrowin the lower right corner of the image to look at the flip side of the picture.

AutoViewer will display a slide show of the images of consecutive winners. When you position your mouse over the AutoViewer, clickable buttons will be displayed for Next, Previous, and Play/Pause. You can click the Play button to have AutoViewer automatically display the next image after a short delay, or you can manually use the Next or Previous buttons to scroll through the images on your own.