Dear Jim (Belli),
(Name redacted)'s resolve to stay on the board to keep fighting for the interest of the beekeepers in Illinois has held longer than mine. After being elected (office redacted) 2 years ago it became very clear to me that your interest in obtaining your goals at all costs was going to be done regardless of the consequences. However, your latest tirade of insults against another board member after our annual meeting November 9th is reprehensible.
That you should become that irate about tape recording the board meetings should make anyone wonder why. It is recommended in Robert's Rules Of Order and is as well, common practice. Having an objection you should have made a motion as such. According to the minutes you, nor anyone else, did not. There was no mention when the May meeting was recorded. I was present. Your threats of prosecution have no merit. There is no reason you have to expect that a meeting of a public body such as the ISBA should be in secret. Your emails sent to others discussing ISBA business would also warrant no expectation from you. Your claims of the two party consent law do not apply in this instance and have been repeatedly struck down in Illinois courts.
In the last two years the board has little input or oversight regarding decisions about speakers, venues, costs etc.... This has never been my experience as to how boards of directors should be run.
There have been many decisions I feel you have hijacked and done to your and only your standard including the summer meeting when there was a standing committee. A change to our bylaws struck out 3 little words that none of us noticed but never the less were NOT the intent of the board.
'......with board approval' used to follow, ' the treasurer will pay all bills'.
The intent and discussion regarding the bylaw change was so the treasurer could pay all recurring bills; specifically: the Bulletin printing and mailing. This was not to give one or a few people sole authority to make all the decisions. My recollection is that I brought this up at the meeting in January. I questioned how we could approve the speakers when we had no costs. You crossed you arms over your chest and stated you didn't need our approval.
(name redacted) and I questioned and wanted details regarding this co-adventure with the Wisconsin Honey Producers. To my knowledge we never received any nor had it ever been given at any other board meetings until all the decisions had been made. Who had made them is still unclear.
Is the ISBA still a member of the American Beekeeping Federation? If so there have never been any discussions since I have been on the board about how much we were going to send them for our membership.
Your bullish behavior toward my self and others who have disagreed with you in the past 2 years over many issues is not the representation we beekeepers need in Illinois.
Alienating members and board members speaks nothing of the openness and transparency you claimed you wanted.
If I am the first member to request your resignation from the ISBA board of directors I hope I am not the last. I have no confidence in your ability to act in the best interest of those you are supposed to serve.
I am giving others a venue should they feel the same as I do.