Senior Center's Management
Refused To Meet
Behind the scene.
• Editorial •
December 12, 2012
The Newberry Springs Community Alliance has been at the forefront
in the opposition to the local senior association receiving yet another bail out of community
The opposition has not been about the private senior service organization
receiving public assistance; but over the proposed source of the funds and structure; and the
aspect that the senior association keeps returning for community public funds but refuses to
open its financial books for public inspection. It's time for the association to get its
house in order.
How thick the flow of red ink is by the senior association's
mismanagement isn't publicly known because the management has been covering it up by
refusing to be transparent.
With income also coming from the United Way, billboards revenues,
thrift sales, memberships, fundraisers, donation jars around the community, Bingo, and
unlisted donation gifts, why can't the senior association balance its books?
Until basic questions are known, and clear financial remedies are in place, the CSD
should not continue to breach its fiduciary duty to Newberry's citizens by throwing
yet more community fund money at the failing and broken senior association.
The Community Alliance does recognize the importance of the Senior
Center's role in the community and does want it to succeed. To that end a representative
of the Community Alliance reached out on Friday, December 7, 2012 and verbally made contact
with a member of the senior center's management; making a request to personally meet and
talk and hopefully find a resolution to the mutual satisfaction of all.
The seniors' representative responded that he wasn't interested and
that the Community Alliance had "borderline defamed" him. He stated that if the Community
Alliance wanted to discuss anything, to do it in a written proposal (the tone appeared
to be made in a bitter response to the Community Alliance earlier suggesting that the senior
association needed a written business plan for the association's requested funding).
It is obvious that the senior association has management that
is beset with its own personal ego. That has no place above the best interests of the
senior association. Business people with opposing interests regularly come together
to meet and resolve issues. The senior association's management won't and that is
a further indication that the association has the wrong management.
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