We're kinda going in reverse order examining them, if for no other reason in a sane organization emergency financial shit would be near the beginning, not the end of a meeting. But what do we know? We just write the Mean Yellow Blog!
Today is the deadline that KBOO is to inform Bank of the Cascades who is the admin for the Station Bank account.
This implies KBOO has not had an admin for the station's account, for going on two months apparently. Except maybe it has been Paula Small. Or the Intern. No one seems to know.
This partial transcript is the untold story of the last two months KBOO's bank account as been unmanaged:
Note: this EMERGENCY ITEM INVOLVING MONEY is brought up AFTER 10pm, when many people have bailed, and JUST BEFORE Conser tries to go to public comments.
And everyone wonders why these people have problems managing funds....
The time starts around 1:47:35 in this audio:
Conser tries to go to public comment
Ani interjects: I have one more piece of emergency business, uh and this is one of those awkward and tricky situations, um we sent an email to the board last week.... We being signed by Andrew but it was written in concert with Sophi and Kathleen uh about a banking situation? We had two questions that we had promised Deanna A. from Bank of The Cascades that we would have answered after this board meeting.
She contacted us because she said she'd been trying to contact people for two months to get these answers and had not heard back from somebody. And then there was about a half hour later a response from the board treasurer saying shes taking care of this ; there are responses from a couple of other board members saying these are good questions ...And then there's finally uh, looks like the end of the day, a response from the treasurer saying she will handle all the necessary paperwork period.Now, as a check signer and as somebody who gave my word to Deanna A. from Bank of the Cascades that she will have these two questions answered so we don't have interruption to our capitol on the fifth, when their policies change, I want to know that these questions have been answered and given to Deanna. Because otherwise I've promised her to call her up and tell her.[SNITCH][talk over conch]The questions are1.determine who is listed as an administrator of the bank of the cascades account[it was Debbie, she's no longer an employee of the foundation, she was laid off. Debbie suggested Mellisa, who is an account temp. And it's unusual, though not unheard of, to have an account temp given this level of authority. Of course that is up to the board.2. does the board want to include the treasurer, president or any other board member as an administrator? Deanna noted that having the board president or treasurer is standard practice, but also stressed the administrators shouldn't have a lot of change over. So we, that is myself, Kathleen and Andrew, assured Deanna that kboo will have answers for her by August first, which means we all wanted to know answers from you all by the thirty first. But I'm here..[talk over]
Kathy---Matthew has something to say.We already have as a board prior designated me as one of the people....[mutter], executive committee, and I can help with that. So...
Conser: so are you putting yourself forward as the officer to be administrator? Okay?
I've already signed....Back in April you signed [indistinct]next week, but that was back in April....Yeah, so I'd like to follow up in making this rule.
- Finance Manager Debbie Rabidue laid off sometime in May
- No one at KBOO has been managing KBOO's bank account(that is MONEY) since May, just trusting that it's there.
- The Bank, in the person of Deanna, almost immediately attempted to contact KBOO about it's account.
- SHE HAS BEEN IGNORED FOR TWO MONTHS. Even by Matthew who, at the last minute claims to have been designated for...something....in APRIL.(Auxiliary Back up Finance Manager? Who knows?)
- Finally, a week ago, after some serious Olympic level telephone tag, where we wouldn't be surprised Conser's acting skills featured("Ello? Bert's Enchilada Emporium,? No, I theek you have wrong number...no Kay Boo here, Senora."), and with the growing threat they'll lose access to the MONEY, the Board is formally emailed about the situation, and after a brief bout of email tag, the Treasurer Paula Small decides to take care of it. It sure is nice most board members thinks this is good idea to take care of AFTER IGNORING THE BANK CONTACT FOR TWO MONTHS.
- Small reassures everyone at the end of the day everything will be handled, but it's obviously NOT, because it's being brought up at the board meeting to get an answer BEFORE KBOO LOSES ACCESS TO THE MONEY.
- Whereupon KBOO board member and Vice President Matthew Bristow claims to have had this authority SINCE APRIL, even though he's been dodging Deanna A. like everyone else(Ja, we haf meatballs, dey are goot! You order, yes?).
-And this EMERGENCY BUSINESS is all done near the end of a four hour long meeting, guaranteeing most observers will NOT see the incompetent money management on display.
But everything fine! Taste that Kool-aid, OH YEAH!!!
We would feel remiss not to say:
DO NOT UNDER AN CIRCUMSTANCES LET THESE PEOPLE MANAGE YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
SOMEONE IS LYING.
EDIT: image added for members who don't understand how cozy the board is with each other. Photos taken by Ani Haines, include the Board President Conser, his honey Moelich , and Theresa Mitchell aka Presswatch aka "Glorious Leader" . We can safely assume that Conch, Moelich and Ani are the source of "Glorious Leaders" leaks and other "anonymous" scoops. While it is possible for friends/spouse to serve on a board ethically, it requires more ethical fortitude and transparency than these people have ever shown.
We're sure he'd LOVE to hear from members.
Final note: for a bunch of radical radicals, more radical than thou, terrified of BIG CORPORATIONS, why aren't they banking with a CREDIT UNION? Bank of the Cascades is a subsidiary of Cascade Bancorp:
KBOO is banking with corporation "banksters"! Someone alert Presswatch!
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