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Outlet group delays elections until April

DRESDEN—The Friends of the Outlet Trail postponed their board member nominations and elections until April during their meeting Thursday, Feb. 6. Some 20 people attended the meeting at the Dresden Hotel, where President David Roddy said the election would take place at the group’s annual meeting. Roddy said the board will conform with the by-laws, and that the only reason they have bypassed the by-laws in the past was to keep the board up and running.
The issue was brought up after concern over plans to conduct nominations and elections during the February meeting would go against the by-laws of the groups. If the Friends of the Outlet Trail had violated their by-laws, it would put at risk the group’s not-for-profit status.
Before the meeting, the board met in executive session to appoint Peg Thompson as the interim president, treasurer and secretary of the Friends of the Outlet Trail. This comes as Roddy left his position as president of the board after the conclusion of the February meeting. Board member John B. Rossman also read his letter of resignation from the board at Thursday’s meeting, citing “physical and personal reasons” for leaving.
Thompson said the group’s annual meeting will be held in April, with a tentative date set for April 10. She said the group needs nine members for a full board, and that there are five positions currently open for nominations. Thompson said once the new board members are elected, the board will then vote to appoint a new president, vice president and treasurer of the organization. Thompson said she will remain as the secretary for the Friends of the Outlet Trail.
There was extensive discussion during the meeting about how to properly compile a list of members and past members. Thompson said she has someone who is helping her develop this list so she can send out the newsletter in March reminding them of the annual meeting.
Penn Yan Trustee David Reeve attended the meeting saying it is very important the group identify who is interested in participating in the organization in order to get a good mailing list together.
“The problem is current help may not overcome past gaps,” Reeve said. “I don’t know what could be more important than managing members.”






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