LEWISBURG, TN – On the first day of the year, TWHBEA Sr. Vice President Walt Chism called out and challenged Fran Cole and her California dissidents over the Christy Lantis removal matter. Apparently confident in his position, VP Chism has issued a press statement on behalf of TWHBEA on how the Lantis matter will be handled.
Chism has taken the position that the California crowd will have to come to Lewisburg, TN and appear in person to vote on the Lantis removal. He has made it clear that there will be no secret written ballots used decide this matter.
TWHBEA President Steve Smith appeared briefly at the papal window last week to issue a brief letter addressing his subjects and lectured them on knocking off the squabble which is costing TWHBEA valuable resources, and interfering with him uniting the breed and promoting it to new heights.
With the Lantis meeting in Lewisburg only 33 days away, Fran Cole and her group has some decisions to make, and they must be made quickly.
TWHBEA PRESS STATEMENT – SR. VP WALT CHISM
“The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) will hold a special called meeting on February 3, 2014 in Lewisburg, Tenn., at the association headquarters. The meeting is being held to address the potential recall of the vote to elect Christy Lantis, a TWHBEA director from Calilfornia.
Although Lantis won election 61-18, a group of California TWHBEA members led by former director Fran Cole has raised issues with Lantis and her unwillingness to support the PAST Act which would eliminate approximately 85% of the show divisions of the Tennessee Walking Horse. The meeting is being called per the TWHBEA bylaws which state that 20% of the members from a particular region can request a special meeting.
Due to declining membership in the region, California lost its second director position this year leaving Lantis as the sole representative from California on the board of directors. Lantis only has 10 months remaining on her term and is ineligible to run for re-election in 2014 due to her serving consecutive three year terms.
Although the TWHBEA bylaws don’t specifically address all of the particulars of the recall, TWHBEA leadership is following the Tennessee Non-Profit Act and all guidelines of the Tennessee law. “We have and will continue to comply fully with the Tennessee law and our bylaws and have repeatedly confirmed the process with our legal counsel,” said Senior Vice-President Walt Chism. “Our responsibility is to make sure both the party requesting the special meeting and the party they seek to recall have fair process under the Tennessee law,” concluded Chism.”
Fran Cole issued a press statement last week and an article appeared on Christmas eve in the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper:
“California Walking Horse Show Members Say They Are Being Forced To Travel To Tennessee To Vote On Ouster Of “Big Lick” Board Member
The group said, “Ms. Lantis was previously chairman of the Performance Horse Committee where she championed the Big Lick show horse which is subject to much controversy for being abused and exhibited in pads and chains.
She said directors’ elections are always handled by secret written ballots being mailed to the members, and the votes are always counted by a Certified Public Accountant
Note: It is not clear if the mystical Purple Couch which belonged to former TWHBEA Sr. VP Rob Cornelius has been moved to the Walt Chism residence or not for the purpose of writing statements on behalf of the 8,000 member TWHBEA breed registry association.”
Nephew Eugene is checking into it, but it appears that “Judge Judy” Walt Chism, after presiding on “Internet Chatter” Court all last week, has decided to seek professional help. Eugene says it’s 65% to 35% that Purple Strategies wrote Chism’s release over Phil Osborne, Lexington, Ky based flack guy.
Meanwhile the 63% of the TWHBEA members who voted for the PAST Act passage
cannot be happy with the latest Steve Smith/Walt Chism, Grumpy Old Men sore Big Lick shenanigans going on in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
We are off to a roaring start to 2014.