LEWISBURG, TN – A nice lady from Idaho is politely calling out and publicly dissecting King Steve Smith’s “Straw Boss” TWHBEA Sr. VP Sir Walt Chism in a public exchange of emails over why King Steve Smith and Sir Walt Chism are oppressing the California TWHBEA members and won’t let them use a 50 cent stamp to vote on Christy Lantis removal from office.
She asks Sir Walt Chism a simple question:
“Why are you preventing the California members from voting by secret mail in ballots?”
And simply asks him to tell her “why”.
So far, Chism has attempted to talk down to her replying with an arrogant “Let’s (Me) Be Clear” in which he arrogantly refuses to answer her question.
Here’s the latest:
From: A CONCERNED TWHBEA MEMBER
TO: SIR WALT CHISM
Dear Mr. Chism,
Thank you for the swift response to my email, however you did not respond to my concern.
You have yet to directly answer the question “Why are you preventing the California members from voting by secret mail in ballots?”
So again, Sir, why?
This is the “Clinton” answer to my recent email:
“Let’s be clear, this meeting was called by TWHBEA members from California. The Tennessee law, that is the basis for asking for a meeting, specifies the location of the meeting. Mr. Smith nor Mr. Chism have any discretion in the matter.”
What does The Tennessee Law say about mail in ballots? Make that clear.
This is your published response to other inquiries.
“Reasonable and what I think has no bearing at this point. The meeting has been called under a Tennessee statue and it will be conducted in accordance with that law.”
What Law? Publish it. All of it. Make it clear.
“We have bylaws for removal of directors only for cause but under the statue of Tennessee a director can be removed by the members for no cause and then that same law defines the rules. We’re going to follow those rules. It doesn’t matter what the bylaws say, Tennessee code trumps TWHBEA bylaws.”
What IS that law? What are those rules?
Publish the Tennessee statue IN IT’S ENTIRETY that states that the designated meeting location being held in Lewisburg, Tennessee also states that you have zero, nada, none, no discretionary powers to have the votes sent in by mail instead of handed in person.
Repeating something over and over and over does not make it true. Show me…and the thousands of others following TWHBEA’s death march online.
Don’t paraphrase it, quote it, or give a vague reference, publish that statute, please.
As for cost, it has been published online that the California members will pay all expenses regarding the mail in.
What a deal. They foot their own expenses for TWHBEA business and you then could actually pay the over burdened, over worked, office staff back their twenty percent pay cut instead of funneling Association money into totally unnecessary legal fees.
Are you delaying until time absolutely runs out? Then California can neither arrive in person or ballot by mail? Is that how you neutralize opinion that doesn’t align with yours?
I’m in Idaho, but it incenses me the manner in which the California situation is being handled by the Officers and Executive Committee. Apparently I’m not alone. I’m sure the flood of emails, twitter, faxes, phone calls, at least on this point, would vanish in a heartbeat if you would eitherprove you have no alternative or send California their damn ballots!
FROM A CONCERNED TWHBEA MEMBERTO: SIR WALT CHISMSUBJECT: What Is Wrong With A Stamp??????????To the TWHBEA officers and Executive Board,I just read your latest lawyers letter regarding the recall procedure.Help, did I miss something here?Does chemically altering one’s hair color to Blonde fry brain cells or is this true?As a TWHBEA member I am able to :Pay my dues by mail (meaning USPS)Register TWH horses by mail.Transfer ownership of TWH horses by mail.Enroll in TWH award programs by mail.Buy subscription to Voice magazine by mail.Order TWHBEA gift shop items by mail.Vote for my area director by mail.As a current paid up member I am not required to travel to Lewisburg, Tennessee as lovely as it appears to be there, to transact any of the above named official TWHBEA business UNLESS YOU DECIDE I MAY VOTE TO RECALL A DIRECTOR THAT I VOTED IN BY USPS MAIL! Then suddenly it becomes necessary to ride, drive, fly, swim to show up in person at TWHBEA headquarters?Really?If you can’t stand against soring, then at least the Association should be neutral and allow the members to sort it out.Travel 2,400 or more miles one way to vote when a 50 cent stamp on an envelope could deliver a secret ballot to an unaffiliated CPA firm for counting. Spending thousands of member dollars on unnecessary legal fees you created. What kind of governance is that? How about UNFAIR!Please explain, Mr. Smith and or Mr.Chism, how a director can be voted in by above named process but you two can alter that proceedure on a whim to make ita time and financial hardhip for out of state members to vote in a recall election.I noticed the directors contact information is no longer posted. Members must deal with the executive committee only? Ok then, here.A CONCERNED TWHBEA MEMBER
From: SIR WALT CHISM
To: CONCERNED TWHBEA MEMBER
Sent: 1/10/2014 5:52:36 P.M. Mountain Standard Time
Subj: RE: What is wrong with a stamp??????????????????Let’s be clear, this meeting was called by TWHBEA members from California. The Tennessee law, that is the basis for asking for a meeting, specifies the location of the meeting. Mr.Smith nor Mr. Chism have any discretion in the matter.Walt Chism