Subject: Fw: [Big Lake ARC] FL Repeater Council board removed for cause.

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Date: 7/11/17 8:21 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Fw: [Big Lake ARC] FL Repeater Council board removed for cause.


From: wa8pxl@juno.com
Date: 7/11/17 8:21 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: W8EK@-----.---, nt4tshl9ts@-------.---, wa4zd@----.---, dpenezic@---------.---, ac4tm@-------.---, w9gpi@--.---, lwzimmer@-----.---
Subject: Fw: [Big Lake ARC] FL Repeater Council board removed for cause.

Hello gentlemen,

In case you have not heard about the Florida Repeater Council (FRC)
shake-up, please read the information below as sent from our friends in
Hendry County.

73 Tad K3QC


The FRC has voted to censure and remove incumbent board members during an
emergency members meeting.

    St Petersburg, July 6, 2017

    Summary:

    The Florida Repeater Council, Inc. (FRC) membership has voted at an
emergency meeting to censure and remove the board of directors and call
for a rewriting of bylaws. The ongoing corruption of the board extends
back over ten years and recently was exposed by members at the annual
meeting in Orlando. During the Orlando meeting the Board voted to expel
all members from the FRC and re-elect itself, in violation of the
Articles of Incorporation and state law. Bylaw changes giving the
president dictatorial like powers were approved and not disclosed until
June 28, 2017.

    The rebuke of these now former directors by the members and
subsequent election of an interim board shows the radio amateurs of
Florid a have taken the first steps to correct this mismanagement and
check the arrogance which permeated the FRC.?

    Background on today's actions:

    The background of mismanagement by the former board extends over the
past decade. Over the past three year members have questioned the board
of directors and made formal requests for information from the FRC. Each
request for information was met with contempt and even reported to law
enforcement as a means to intimidate the membership.

    The FRC Reform caucus (http://frcreform.org) was started in 2015 by
Bryan Fields W9CR, to shine a light on these matters. In support of these
efforts, FRC members assigned proxies to Mr. Fields to be used during the
annual members meeting in Orlando February 2017. During this meeting the
board refused to recognize Mr. Fields supporters and claimed it was a
closed non-members meeting, though it was announced as the annual members
meeting. Board member James Deuel N0XIA, further tried to intimidate the
assembled members by calling police over a supposed fire code issue a
half hour after taking count.

    At this Orlando meeting all members were removed from the FRC by the
board in violation of the articles of incorporation. The proposed bylaw
changes were not presented for review and a request by Mr. Fields to
inspect them at the meeting was denied. These new bylaws were finally
released on June 28, 2017. These changes gave the president dictatorial
like powers and the board became a rubber stamp to presidential fiat.

    An emergency members meeting was called July 6, 2017 by Director Mike
Gonzalez N2FSU, to address these issues as he was shocked by the actions
of the board. At this meeting the only directors who attended either
online or in person were President Glenn (Mike) Fletcher NI4M and
Secretary Dana Rodakis K4LK.

    During the course of this the meeting the membership presented its
charges against the directors and board. President Fletcher and Secretary
Rodakis were called to explain the mismanagement and their conduct to the
members. The only mitigating argument presented was one of "the board has
eliminated membership, you are no longer members of the FRC".

    Our members saw through this and voted to censure the board members,
remove them from office and call a constitutional convention to rewrite
the bylaws. A new board was voted in and tasked with auditing the FRC and
correcting the mismanagement. Further it was resolved during this interim
time no FRC funds would be spent without unanimous consent of the board
and then only for legally required matters.?

    Censured and removed directors:

    Glenn (Mike) Fletcher NI4M, Dana Rodakis K4LK, Ralph Betts W4O RL,
Norman Scholer K4GFD, Steve Lowman N4SGL, Douglas Steward KI4NAD, James
Deuel N0XIA, Mark Filla N4DES, Joaquin Pidal KZ4TI, Barry Isbelle N2DB,
Chuck Lavender W4CLL, & Frank Butler W4RH?

    New FRC board members:

    Chairman: Jon Pearl W4ABC
    Directors: Ryan Owens KJ4SHL, Mike Gonzalez N2FSU, Lu Romero W4LT &
Bryan Fields W9CR?

    About the Florida Repeater Council:

    The Florida Repeater Council, Inc. is the recognized coordination
body for amateur radio repeaters in Florida. In addition the FRC is
responsible for amateur band planing above 50 MHz. The FRC is a
non-for-profit members organization and seeks to represent all users of
amateur radio spectrum above 50 MHz in the state.?

    Contact information:

    For more information you may contact Chairman Jon Pearl W4ABC or
Director Bryan Fields W9CR at 727-409-1194 as the main FRC website
(http://florida-repeaters.org) has yet to be migrated.

    Members are encouraged to join the FRC Facebook group for more
information and updates:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FloridaRepeaters/>?