AMHERST – No one was willing to take George Baker up on his offer.
The Ramblers president, in an advertisement published in the April 12 edition of the Amherst Daily News, said he would step down if someone came forward and paid off the $24,500 owed to the junior A hockey club’s creditors within a week.
Baker said yesterday he received no response and that the club will likely announce its plans going forward later this week.
“If the membership isn’t willing to help out, then we’ll have to seek volunteers from outside that group,” Baker said.
The Ramblers are scheduled to hold their annual general meeting June 1, at which time all executive positions for the 2010-11 season will be up for election.
A possible sale of the 43-year-old franchise to a group of five investors, whom Baker has refused to name, is still on the table. According to Baker, the investors would inject $20,000 apiece into the club, then buy it for $1.
The sale would require an approval of the majority of the community-owned team’s 161 members as well as the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.
Baker, in his ninth year as president, cited “persistent confrontational situations” in the advertisement as a reason for the offer to step down.
On March 29, Baker shut down a bylaw meeting after just three minutes, saying there weren’t enough members present to form a quorum. Several members showed up a few minutes late, but Baker didn’t re-open the meeting.
In January, former Ramblers executive member Wayne Corney held a meeting for those concerned with how the franchise was being run. Baker labelled them “a group of people backstabbing everything we do.”