On October 17th, fifty-three people having been locked out of the Board of Directors meeting at LCHS waited over 1 ½ hours to be told that their membership applications for which they had paid $50. were going to be deferred.
This is the story of another applicant.
A few weeks ago I asked Brian Narhi if he would consider becoming a member of LCHS. I know that Brian has a great deal of interest and affection for animals, particularly cats and especially his own menagerie.
I approached Brian because he is good people. He is honest, kind, intelligent and thoughtful. I knew that if he chose to become a member he is someone on whom LCHS could depend. These attributes combined with the fact that Brian is co-chair of the St Catharines Heritage Committee, a professional researcher a life long resident of St Catharines and is known and respected in the community, I believe would make Brian a very welcome addition to any membership.
Well in spite of these glowing qualifications, Brian got the boot. Brian submitted his membership application and on September 24th sent me the following confirmation.
“I e-mailed the application to Strooband, then delivered the hard copy and cheque to them at the end of the week—so it would have been received by them after their meeting.”
The meeting to which Brian refers was the September 19th Board of Directors meeting during which the 2 friends of Strooband were admitted into the fold. In actual fact, Brian’s application was in the hands of the B of D on the 19th but he had not been able to physically get to the shelter with his cheque in time for the meeting. There was a motion to accept his membership that was deferred to the next meeting. That would be the infamous meeting of October 17th, 2012.
On October 17th, there were three motions made regarding memberships.
- Renewing the memberships for Davidson, Davisdon, Howe and Probst – carried
- Accepting the 53 membership applications for new members – defeated
- Accepting Brian Narhi’s deferred application due the absence of payment that had been rectified. – defeated.
How are applicants “vetted”? What excuses shall be used to deny the 53 deferred applicants and any new applicants from obtaining membership?
WRONG , WRONG WRONG!