LEWISBURG, TN – TWHBEA Executive Committee member Rick Wies sent a dispatch to Theta recapping some things covered in a surreal TWHBEA Executive Committee Meeting teleconference meeting held on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Informed sources provided other information. The most surreal thing about it is after spending about $7,500.00 to have the October 26, 2013 Meeting, and approving a health insurance plan, a majority of the Directors voted to not approve the Minutes of the October meeting which means there is no record of anything that happened at the Meeting.
Some highlights of the Nov. 21 Meeting (no one knows if these minutes will be approved either) include:
- Executive Director Tracy Boyd, who voted 7 – 4 for HR 1518 and released a public statement on May 27, 2013 explaining his reasons taking this historic step for his supporting the PAST Act, now in November with his job on the line appeared to “flip flop” and helped President Rob Cornelius “construct” and “approved” a letter to Congress opposing passage of HR 1518.
- Estimates are that it cost TWHBEA approximately $7,500.00 to hold the October 26, 2013 Executive Committee meeting which never happened.
- The TWHBEA Executive Committee voted 5 – 3 not to approve the minutes of the October 26, 2013 Executive Committee Meeting for apparently one of two reasons:
- Pat Stout provided a Horse Show Committee Report at the October 26, 2013 meeting which has apparently put the fear of God in the Big Lick Directors who are haunted and tormented by the results of the HR 1518 Poll in which the TWHBEA members voted landslide 63% in favor of passage of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act before Congress. Here is Pat Stout’s Horse Show Committee Report which the certain members of the Executive Committee would like not to exist:
The report conclusively showed that 63% of the 6,945 TWHBEA members in a landslide voted YES in favor of passage HR 1518/S.1406 which removes the pads and chains, eliminates the corrupt HIO system and makes horse soring a federal felony. 26% of the eligible to vote TWHBEA members voted in the HR 1518/S.1406 Poll.
Pat Stout mentioned that her Committee Report also included the October 16, 2013 letter from Greg Cook stating the Poll Results, and the October 22, 2013 letter from Greg Cook, CPA which exonerated her with regard to the HR 1518 Poll.
An Advertisement appeared in The Tennessean Newspaper on Sunday, November 10, 2013, “Paid For By Concerned Citizens Against Horse Soring”.
2. The other reason was at the October 26, 2013 meeting a Director’s resignation was called for due to a repeated breach of confidentiality of Executive Session. The Motion failed for lack of a second.
So after voting that the October 26, 2013 Meeting never happened (it also included approval of a group insurance plan for the TWHBEA members), the Executive Committee then went on to other matters.
- Tracy Boyd gave a report of the pending removal action against Director and Executive Committee member Christy Lantis by a determined group of California TWHBEA members which now appears headed to litigation. The background is a Petition to remove California Director Christy Lantis under Tennessee law was filed with TWHBEA in September 2013. It contained 19.90% of the California members asking for Lantis to be removed in accordance with Tennessee law. The California delegation seeking to remove Lantis is represented by California Director Fran Cole which asserts that the California delegation does not believe Lantis represents the will of her California constituents due to her promoting the sore Big Lick horse. The dilemma in the dispute is TWHBEA cannot decide if the requirement for removal is 10% according to Tennessee statute, or 20% stated in the By Laws. Ms. Cole has associated the Nashville firm of King & Ballow to handle the litigation. Executive Director Tracy Boyd said the matter is in a “grey area”. There was a question if the meeting was held to remove a director, would it be done by a “mail in” ballot such as directors elections. Lantis said she has two lawyers and was opposed to her being removed. Joyce Moyer was a cheerleader for Lantis and seemed to be concerned primarily that other Executive Committee members, including herself, could be removed if their members became unhappy with them. Moyer said “We all need to look at this from a personal viewpoint. Tracy Boyd said Lantis was elected by 62 -18 vote, but apparently there are 206 California members and approximately now 40 of them want Lantis removed as Director. The issue will be forced when Cole’s group files suit against TWHBEA to decide the issue.
- TWHBEA has lost approximately $53,000.00 so far in 2013 compared to $6,000.00 this time a year ago.
- Enforcement Committee Chair Denise Bader reported that she had no report on progress in the “investigation” of the Pat Stout matter. The attorney for Pat Stout has objected and protested on the grounds the “investigation” was a witch hunt and it violated corporate rules and it was fueled by biased conflicted persons with malice and prejudice. By a voice vote the EC extended the 60 day deadline from September 27, 2013 to December 5, 2013 for the Enforcement Committee to complete its “investigation” and file a recommendation with the Executive Committee. Stout’s attorney commented at the end of the meeting, referencing letters mailed earlier in the week to TWHBEA’s counsel and Executive Committee that he would not allow the matter to proceed on the basis of an improper “investigation” in violation of corporate rules and that if the matter wasn’t immediately resolved, that he would file suit and seek adjudication from a court of law. He held out hope that perhaps discussions of the matter with the TWHBEA President and Executive Director and TWHBEA counsel might bear fruit before entering litigation.
- TWHBEA President Rob Cornelius was questioned by RIck Wies about a “To Whom It May Concern” letter written on TWHBEA letterhead using the TWHBEA logo that was signed by Rob Cornelius.
- Radar thinks it is especially weird to write a “To Whom It May Concern” letter to a U. S. Congressional Committee. It might be the first time in history that a Congressional Committee has received an unauthorized position on a major piece of pending legislation from an organization President addressed “To Whom It May Concern”.
- Wies asked President Rob Cornelius:
- Who all received the letter?
- Why was it necessary?
At this point in time, Executive Committee Joyce Moyer asked “which letter are we talking about” – apparently not knowing that President Cornelius had “on his own” written a letter on TWHBEA letterhead with the TWHBEA logo taking a position on behalf of TWHBEA against passage of HR 1518/S. 1406.
Wies asked Cornelius if he had sent the letter to the U. S. House of Representatives Commerce Committee, and Cornelius said “I guess that’s true”. In an attempt to explain how Cornelius could take it upon himself to write a letter representing the position of TWHBEA on HR 1518 since the TWHBEA Executive Committee had voted 7 – 4 in favor of HR 1518/S. 1406 in May 2013, and then in October 63% of the TWHBEA members had voted landslide in favor of passage of the Act, Cornelius stammered and hesitantly said, “that upon reading the itinerary of the meeting, and realizing that the “invited witnesses” testifying for passage of the Bill would be using our data and testifying about our charts, that two nights before the Hearing that he and Executive Director Tracy Boyd helped him construct it, and that Boyd had read it and approved it. (Note: Earlier Mrs. Cornelius claimed that she and her husband Rob wrote the letter sitting on the sofa. Billy Go Boy speculated that the letter was written by Purple Strategies apparatchik Chris Mather. The matter is still not clear.)
Wies asked Cornelius if Cornelius thought the letter represented the members of the Association. Cornelius said “I would think so”.
Cornelius said he was “represented to be President: and he thought it “was of the essence and important” and that he did not have any authority from the Executive Committee to do so, but “I just did so on my own”.
Wies asked Cornelius if anyone had encouraged him to write the letter, and Cornelius answered “No”. Cornelius said he faxed the letter to all the members of the Congressional Committee and emailed it to Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and the letter was made part of the Congressional record.
And so it goes in the rarified surreal atmosphere of the TWHBEA board room, more commonly known as dysfunction junction.