Ramblers offer receives no interest

Jody Jewers
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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.”

 

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Daily News

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  • my2cents
    April 25, 2010 - 16:14

    Keep up the good work George...it will be a sad day in Rambler history if you go! You have my vote in June!!

  • nimrod68
    April 22, 2010 - 21:03

    George, it just goes to show that many of these loud mouths are just that, just flapping their gums to make useless noise. Keep up the good work George and I hope that you stay on as PRESIDENT again come this June, I have seen no one that displays the qualities required to lead the Amherst Ramblers except you. Do not quit and do not let these nay sayers get to you. Keep the ship on course.

  • bk
    April 21, 2010 - 12:33

    I guess they like you George.