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Seriously, does ANYONE read the By Laws!

On October 17th, 2012 in direct contravention of the By Laws of LCHS, Ann Davidson, Mary Lou Davidson, Christine Probst and Michael Howe were allowed to maintain their positions on the Board of Directors when they had not renewed their memberships for the entire 2012-year!!!! Not only that but Ann Davidson kept the position of President!

3.02 DIRECTORS TO BE IN GOOD STANDING Each Director, for forty-five (45) days prior to his or her term of office, at the time of his or her election, and continuously throughout his or her term, shall be a member in good standing of the Corporation

According to the letter recently sent to the fifty plus membership applicants which gave notice of the B of D’s declining the applications, it was stated that three new Directors are to be installed on January 16th, 2013. Heinz Probst and Judy Haist are two of those potential Directors. Interesting that both of these people have been on the LCHS B of D in the past so it is rather obvious that they too have no issue with non-compliance. The memberships of these two potential Directors were confirmed on December 19th 2012. Now, I am no mathematician and we are all aware of Strooband’s inability to keep track of numbers but even he or even Joe Kushner (the professor) or Membership Chair, steady Eddie (HAHAHA) should able to count the days on a calendar and December 19th to January 16th is NOT 45 days!

Here’s some more: On December 19th 2102, Tom Manney, Vice President and Grace Pang, Secretary were denied renewal of their Membership for 2013 as was I. There are a few  issues at stake here, the first is the by law which references the “expulsion” of a Member:

First issue:

8.08 Expulsion of a Member Any member can be expelled by the board, by a two-thirds vote, for non-payment of dues, or after a notice and opportunity for hearing, for conduct unbecoming a member.

Well I know I paid my dues, which as of this writing has not been returned to me. I did not receive any notice of conduct unbecoming so I would like to know why I was refused renewal? I would at least like to be advised as why I am no longer suitable for membership and I would like the opportunity to refute any erroneous allegations as is accorded to me by the By Laws. I am sure that Tom Manney and Grace Pang would welcome the opportunity to do so as well.

Second issue:

3.08 Removal of Directors The members of the Corporation may, by resolution passed by at least two –thirds vote, CAST AT A GENERAL MEETING of which NOTICE SPECIFYING THE INTENTION TO PASS SUCH A RESOLUTION HAS BEEN GIVEN, remove any Director before the expiration of is/her term of office and may by a majority of the votes cast at such a meeting, elect any person in his/her stead for the remainder of his/her term, in accordance with this by law.

Well, on December 19th, I was a member of LCHS as were a number of other people and no one that I have spoken to was given notice there was going to be a resolution made on December 19th to remove Tom and Grace from their respective offices. Oh and by the way, the meeting of December 19th was a Board of Directors’’ meeting NOT A GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING. It is two-thirds of the MEMBERSHIP at a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting that determines if a Director is removed from office prior to the conclusion of his/her term.

According to this by law, Tom Manney and Grace Pang should still be on the Board of Directors and holding their respective offices of Vice President and Secretary.

Third Issue:

5.03 Oath of Office Before being eligible to hold office, Officers ad Directors, as elected, shall take the oath of office within forty-five (45) days immediately following the election, and shall CONTINUE TO HOLD OFFICE UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSOR HAS BEEN DULY APPOINTED OR ELECTED AND TAKEN THE OATH OF OFFICE.

I reiterate, according to this by law, Tom Manney and Grace Pang should still be on the Board of Directors and holding their respective offices of Vice President and Secretary.

A number of weeks ago I was so incensed by the blatant disregard for the By Laws by the very people that are to abide by these rules to the letter that I sought counsel from a Corporate Lawyer that is very well versed in Not For Profit Corporate Law.  At the time I spoke with this Lawyer I was addressing only the first situation, that of Davidson, Davidson, Probst and Howe. I was advised this behavior by the B of D was “actionable” and would probably be successful which would mean the overturning of the reinstating of the fabulous four. I in turn advised numerous people involved with NKSC this is the case. Since that time the B of D has completely ignored the By Laws of the Corporation and continues to function outside the regulations of its own rules.

FYI!!!

The Not For Profit Corporation Act specifically states that a NFP must hold an Annual General Meeting no later than fifteen (15) months from the date of the previous meeting.

The last  LCHS AGM was April 2011. I know where we go with the darn math again. I believe that April 2011 to January 2013 is, ummmmmmm TWENTY -ONE MONTHS

Also, referring the recent letter sent out by Steady Eddie of behalf of the B of D, he makes mention of changes to the By Laws.  Note the By laws regarding amendments in  ARTICLE 10

You  may download a complete copy of the LCHS By Laws here.

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New Year Countdown…… 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and you are outa’ here!

I have been monitoring the Lincoln County Website for the last few  months. I have been doings so for a number of reasons not the least of which for a good laugh. There is nothing more pathetic than lazy incompetent people, paid to do a job that just cannot get their act together and DO THE JOB! For months, the LCHS website has been comprised of old articles, even older “Happy Tails”, these are stories of happy kitty adoptions for 2010. There are the results of an adopt a thon from 2011 and my personal favourite the advertisement for the 2010 Wag A Thon. Better mark my calendar, don’t want to miss that little puppy! It would appear Management was buying into the Mayan Calendar theory and figured updating was just not a priority! Then nor is saving lives so, what the hell.

click here for LCHS website (if you really want to)

The first inkling that Management even knew a website existed was when the front page of the Website was changed from “Lincoln County Humane Society is an open admission shelter” to “The Lincoln County Humane Society is a charitable not-for-profit organization”. It has since been changed again to, are you ready….. wait for it…….”The LCHS is an open-admission For Life Organization” What the heck is that when it is at home? No coincidence here, just check out the OSPCA website and go to Backgrounder and you will find….. are you ready….wait for it……

“What is the Animal Welfare Philosophy of the Ontario SPCA? The Ontario SPCA is an open admission, For Life, organization; we strive to accept all animals.”  click here for the entire OSPCA backgrounder on No Kill et al. Any and all similarities to the LCHS rhetoric is totally intentional and a perfect example of the complete lack of originality and the limited intelligence of the LCHS Management and B of D.

Given the events of December 19th, I have been watching the website for the inevitable “changes” and sure enough those clever little campers  did not disappoint.

Board Of Directors as of Dec. 30/12 @ 1:17 pm – PLEASE NOTE THE DATES 2011-2012

Lincoln County Humane Society
Board of Directors 2011-2012

Ann Davidson President
Thomas Manney Vice-President
Nadia Koblyka Treasurer
Grace Pang Secretary
Mary-Lou Davidson Director
Ed Klassen Director
Joe Kushner Director
Christine Probst Director
Maria Sgambati Director

3 Vacancies

Board Of Directors as of January 2nd 1:56 – PLEASE NOTE THE DATES 2011-2012

Lincoln County Humane Society
Board of Directors 2011-2012

Ann Davidson President
Nadia Koblyka Treasurer
Mary-Lou Davidson Director
Ed Klassen Director
Joe Kushner Director
Christine Probst Director
Maria Sgambati Director

5 Vacancies

I reiterate, they do not disappoint, best laugh yet. In his excitement in announcing the ousting of Tom Manney former Vice President and Grace Pang former Secretary, Management left a little detail unattended.  Just another example of the complete lack of attention to detail, poor record keeping, utter disregard for facts that has been reflected so many times previously in animal statistics, finances, fund raising and coordination of memberships. As Bugs Bunny so affectionately referred to Elmer Fudd “what a marroon”

What a Marroon!

What a Marroon!

Now, may I remind you dear readers of the events of October 19th, when Annie Fannie Davidson, advised those in attendance at the B of D  meeting , albeit in a whisper, that ALL outstanding membership applications are deferred until, well I don’t know when, maybe until hell freezes over or the sun rises in the west or someone  on the B of D develops a conscience. No, that will never happen. Anyway, so all of the outstanding membership applications have been deferred so that the By Laws can be reviewed. Annie Fannie herself, stated that she agreed the application process was too restrictive and that sponsoring by a board member may be a bit over the top. Then WHY I ask you, WHY is the same old Membership Application on line at this very writing. Wouldn’t a prudent, relatively intelligent, half ways responsible ED and or B of D, have the application removed from the website? DUH!

Here it is, read it and weep, laugh, whatever…….

Be sure to note the last paragraph, that is the side splitter.

Become a Member

I’m interested! What do I do now? (complete the application, pay $50. and wait and wait and wait and wait and then be ignored, deferred or just plain denied)

The first step in the process of becoming a member of Lincoln County Humane Society is to complete our “Membership Application”.

Membership Application Lincoln County Humane SocietyMembership Application

I’m already a member. How do I renew my membership?(you don’t if you are Julia McLaren, Grace Pang or Tom Manney)

If you are a member already, you should receive a renewal notice in the mail as your renewal date approaches. You may also download our “Membership Renewal.

Membership Renewal Julia LCHS membership renewal 201

What happens next? (absolutely NOTHING)

Applications or renewals may be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered to our shelter.
Your membership request or renewal will be reviewed at the next Board meeting. Our Board meets once per month.