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    • #9866
      Larry KaseLarry Kase

        I am distressed to relate the following occurrences.
        The outgoing president is a non-voting member of the BOD per our constitution section 2.1.
        I attended a BOD meeting in December. Since that meeting, someone decided to delete me from the Board emails and stopped notifying me of any meetings.  As a board member, I have no knowledge of the plans or activities of the last month. Tuesday night, the board gave no indication that I could receive any past or future emails.
        The success of our club is one of my highest priorities. I have cancelled my Florida vacation to deal with these issues.
        I would like to remind everyone that the current board members are very valuable members that do a lot for our club.

        Let’s move together with teamwork.

        Larry Kase

        Mark Mallamo

        John Scott

        Tim Ponsot

      • #9867
        John DeRosaJohn DeRosa
          I will take a bullet on this mistake of mine.
          I must admit, and admitted this to Larry last evening at our board meeting, that I was unaware that the past president was entitled to attend the open board meetings.  In the past I have been lucky enough to be Acting President, Vice President, Secretary and Maintenance Chair of our club, but until this term I have never been president so this never come up before for me.   I will certainly invite Larry to the next board’s monthly open meeting. 
          am a great believer in communicating to the membership about what the
          board is doing.  Thus the reason that I am putting out a monthly
          “Message from the President” and also some one-off emails from time to time.  You can always review the board’s open
          meeting minutes at
          As Larry mentions the Sky Soaring Constitution and By Laws section 2.1 (found at [login required]) covers the topic of past presidents activities;
          Section 2.1 – The person who has served as President of the Club immediately prior to an annual meeting of the members of the Club or another meeting of the members called for the purpose of election and who is replaced as President by a vote of the members at that meeting shall become the Immediate Past President of the Club and shall also become an informal, non-voting member of the Board of Directors and entitled to attend meetings of the Board until a new President is elected at a subsequent annual meeting or at another meeting of the members called for the purpose of election.
          I have been a member of several boards of other organizations and know of other boards that friends are part of.  All these boards (commercial, civic, homeowners, private, etc) obviously have routine meetings to discuss matters – some of these board meetings are open and some are closed.  If you would like to attend the next open board meeting simply let me know and I will get you invited but please be aware that you will be in listen only mode as the place for club members to raise questions, make comments, or propose resolutions, is at our monthly membership meetings on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  You may well find that what your board talks about in the open board meetings is a repeat of what’s said at the membership meeting.  As to email communications between board members, these will continue to remain private. 

          Thank you.
          John H DeRosa
          President, Sky Soaring Glider Club

          On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 8:30:15 PM CST, Sky Soaring <> wrote:

        • #9869
          Larry KaseLarry Kase

            I phoned John Derosa today to discuss the board meeting issues. He told me they have held secret closed meetings in the past month. He said I would not be able to attend secret closed meetings in the future. I stated that as a director, Section 3 in the constitution does not allow that.
            He stated I still could not attend because he has been on the Boards at other organizations and they allowed secret closed meetings.

            Section 3
            Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called at times and places to be determined by the President. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at any time by the President or by request of two other Directors. Notice of special meetings of the Board of Directors, stating the time and in general terms the purpose, shall be mailed or personally given to each Director no later than three days preceding the day appointed for the special meeting, and if all Directors are present at the special meeting, any business may be transacted without previous notice. Four Directors shall constitute a quorum of the Board at all meetings. The affirmative vote of a majority of the Directors present at any meeting shall be necessary to pass any resolution or authorize any act of the Club.

            What happens at these closed meetings that must be kept secret from the members???

            Larry Kase



          • #9870
            Art SilvermanArt Silverman
              This needs to be discussed at our membership meeting on Saturday. 

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