Parrsboro community radio elects board

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Radio society elects new board

PARRSBORO – The by-the bay community radio station here in Parrsboro has elected a new board after several years of infighting, controversy and court proceedings, electing a mix of past and present board members, with a few newcomers, too.

Incumbents Dora Fuller, Alexander Lich, Son and Sylvia Jewers and Lewis Brown regained their seats Saturday on the Parrsboro Community Radio Society board, while new-nominees Bill Connors, Randy Mosher, Lyle Yorke and Shirley Brown were also successfully elected. Past board member Andrew Wagstaff was nominated and successfully re-elected to the board.

The new board has yet to select its executive positions, like chair and vice-chair, but will have many fences to mend and bridges to build moving forward. Years of infighting between what had become known as “Group A” and “Group B” lead to more than $30,000 in debt, including legal fees paid out during court proceedings between the two.

The new board represents a share from both parties.  

 

Organizations: Parrsboro Community Radio Society

Geographic location: Parrsboro

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  • Sandy Graham
    April 11, 2013 - 11:38

    A concise summary of the Annual General Meeting, which was unpleasant, to say the least. For instance, the executive and chair opted not to adopt Robert’s Rules of Order (in fact, refused), because they had never heard of them. A bad start. It got worse. A slight correction regarding the $30,000 in debt. It was not due to years of infighting between “Group A” and “Group B”. It was because “Group A”, despite warnings from their lawyer, and from (then) board member Bruce Wark, despite repeated invitations to talks from “Group B”, they chose (yes, chose) to go to court. They were not “dragged”. I think dissent is a good thing, and actually an essential foundation to a functioning democracy and a healthy society. So I do not mind when people have views that differ from and challenge my own. But at the AGM, the executive subverted fundamental principles of democracy and fairness, the rights of the members, and their own bylaws, to maintain a hold on power. They achieved this by employing bluster, dirty tricks, and ignorance, preventing new members to sign up, so that present members (with voting rights) could if they so wish, vote a new member to the board. The lack of an accounting of where the $30,000 went, and why, as well the mismanagement of other resources, was laughable if it weren’t so sad. The new board has their work cut out for them. They could start with better meetings, and clear rules that are followed. They owe it to their members, and to Parrsboro. Sandy Graham Parrsboro