Boundary Museum Society rudderless after board directors resign – Boundary Creek Times

Three board directors on the Boundary Museum Society (BMS) resigned their posts Friday, Dec. 17, 4 days after their membership referred to as a halt to the society’s long-awaited annual common assembly (AGM) Monday, Dec. 13.

Former President Joe Tatangelo mentioned Friday that he’d left the board efficient instantly, together with board Treasurer Kathy Rush and directors Lyle Burt and Laura Lodder.

“All of us had one of the best pursuits of the museum at coronary heart,” he instructed The Gazette, including that whereas they’d labored arduous to run the museum at 6145 Reservoir Rd., “We didn’t really feel like we had been getting co-operation from the town.”

Their departure comes roughly a month after metropolis council withheld round $23,000 of BMS’s charge for service, roughly 1 / 4 of the $105,000 in annual contributions by the City of Grand Forks and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s (RDKB’s) electoral areas C (Christina Lake) and D (rural Grand Forks).

Tatangelo and Rush had requested council to launch the primary sum at a committee of the entire delegation earlier than council’s common assembly on Nov. 8. Appearing by way of Zoom, Rush didn’t present any sort of a monetary assertion to agency up their request, telling council she hadn’t thought that was needed. The board hadn’t held an AGM because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic within the spring of 2020, she and Tatangelo mentioned.

When the board convened the society’s AGM final Monday, the assembly was interrupted by a unanimous decision launched and seconded by BMS members Danna O’Donnell and Cathy Korolek, in keeping with each members and Tatangelo. The decision stopped the assembly in order that it might be rescheduled for someday within the new yr.

O’Donnell, who serves as director of the RDKB’s Area D, mentioned Monday that she’d put ahead the movement as a result of there weren’t sufficient BMS members in attendance to interchange the incumbent board. She, Korolek and Tatangelo individually confirmed that there have been between 25 and 30 members on the assembly, the place the board hoped to interchange three directors, excluding the president.

“I imagine that if the society doesn’t elect a brand new board and alter issues drastically, they’ll have to be involved concerning the funding that they obtain from their native governments,” O’Donnell mentioned.

Danna O’Donnell, RDKB Area D Director and BMS member, mentioned she needed to see a brand new board of directors on the museum society. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Speaking to the Gazette Friday afternoon, Korolek mentioned she’d “labored arduous to encourage the board to succeed” whereas beforehand serving as metropolis council’s liaison. While she’d been a board director in that capability, she mentioned she’d attended Monday’s AGM as a member of BMS.

“The present board has been in place for a very long time and so they take fairly a way of possession over the museum. And I’ve to provide them that,” she mentioned.

But the board has fallen behind on quite a lot of its obligations to its authorities funders, particularly by not holding an AGM all through the pandemic. Korolek then mentioned the board selected to disregard a strategic plan designed in the summertime of 2020 to modernize museum operations.

“I can inform you, the board didn’t assessment the plan. They filed it,” she mentioned.

Cathy Korolek, city councillor and BMS member, spoke highly of the society’s board, but insisted they’d fallen behind on key obligations to their government funders. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Cathy Korolek, metropolis councillor and BMS member, spoke extremely of the society’s board, however insisted they’d fallen behind on key obligations to their authorities funders. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Korolek added that BMS has no social media presence, whereas the board didn’t have a personal e-mail server till late final summer season. The board had arrange e-mail servers at numerous factors prior to now, she certified.

The board “didn’t like” lots of the strategic plan’s suggestions, however had been ready to maneuver ahead on some others, Tatangelo instructed The Gazette. When requested for a replica of the plan, he mentioned he didn’t know the place to seek out one.

Board members had communicated with one another by means of their private e-mail accounts earlier than establishing the society’s newest e-mail server, he defined.

Tatangelo went on to say that he and his fellow board members felt as if they’d been “arrange” by O’Donnell and Korolek. When requested to clarify why O’Donnell’s movement garnered zero opposition from the ground, Tatangelo mentioned he questioned if voting members understood the intent behind the movement.

Asked for clarification, O’Donnell and Korolek mentioned they’d hoped the movement would go in order that the society might substitute the board when the AGM reconvenes.

O’Donnell and Korolek mentioned they’d acted to guard the museum’s greatest pursuits and to safeguard its future.

The Boundary Museum has been closed since mid-November, following the resignation of its final administrator.

Non-profit societies registered in B.C. should maintain an AGM as soon as per yr, in keeping with the Societies Act.

Tatangelo mentioned the board hadn’t been ready to do that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including that he and different directors had been working with BC Registries to briefly put aside that requirement.


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