LEWISBURG, TN – The Directors of TWHBEA have not yet been informed by President Steve Smith to whom the Voice Magazine has been “Outsourced“.
For years, Celebration Chairman David L. Howard has coveted the Voice Magazine.
At one time, Howard approached TWHBEA with a business proposal where Howard would produce the magazine and pay TWHBEA a percentage of the revenues. It was declined.
The Walking Horse Reported reported on the Saturday TWHBEA Directors meeting:
“Another substantial savings is the removal of the Voice magazine from the operations of TWHBEA, a move which will save $163,341 annually. TWHBEA has outsourced the Voice and will receive 50% of any profit.”
Steve Smith did not tell the Directors on Saturday to whom the magazine had been “outsourced” by the Executive Committee.
How long will it take Steve Smith to exert some “adult leadership”, and transparently reveal to the elected TWHBEA Directors to WHOM the Voice Magazine was “Outsourced”?
The largest cost of operating the Voice Magazine was the printing and postage necessary to mail it to the members. Informed sources say that two TWHBEA employees, Paulette Ewing who sold Ads, and Desiree Campbell who did the graphics, both will remain on the TWHBEA payroll.
The elected Directors who are charged with overseeing the management of the Association should demand that President Steve Smith provide the information immediately.
At Saturday’s meeting, Smith crowed about “158 days of fabulous progress”.
You have to wonder if Steve Smith can count.
He took office on Dec. 7, 2013.
The TWHBEA Semi-Annual Directors meeting was May 25, 2014.
That’s a total of 162 days.
The financial figures were good through April 2014.
Under President Steve Smith, TWHBEA has lost $78,797.00 in 151 days:
- $521.83 Per Day
- $3,652.00 Per Week
- $15,707.00 Per Month
TWHBEA is presently on course to lose $188,484.00 in this fiscal year.
And, of course, there is the slight matter of President Smith’s TWHBEA being hit with a $1,000,000.00 law suit on Day 157 – since President Smith is into noting significant days.
It appears that President Steve Smith can take full credit for the lawsuit because, according to Stout’s Complaint, President Smith upon taking office on December 7, 2013, ordered an Enforcement Committee report as “quickly as possible”.
Rather than wait until the members of the Enforcement Committee were approved in January 2014, a Subcommittee “Lynch Mob” was formed by Tom Kakassy with Steve Smith’s apparent approval after the December 7, 2013 Annual Meeting. Pat Stout had previously been cleared of any wrong doing by the previous Executive Committee. Smith’s action came on top of TWHBEA totally disregarding its Rules regarding Discipline and procedures regarding same.
A key element in the lawsuit is whether Smith acted with “malice” toward Pat Stout.
Malice is defined as “the intention or desire to do evil”.
A Motion was made this past Saturday by Dr. Pam Reband, seconded by Keith Dane, for TWHBEA to reaffirm Pat Stout’s membership privileges. A roll call vote was taken and a record was made of the Directors voting for and against the Motion.
All voted “NO” to the Motion, except for Joyce Moyer (OH), Keith Dane (MD), Dr. Pam Reband (AZ), Rich Chovan (PA), Rick Evans (CO), Julie Keller (KS) and Jo Finerfrock (GA) who voted “YES”. Russ Keyser (DE) and Dr. Linda Montgomery (AL) abstained from voting.
Now President Steve Smith’s TWHBEA is before the bar of justice in Putnam County, Tennessee with able counsel Henry D. Fincher representing the Plaintiff Pat Stout.
Smith’s idea of “fabulous progress” is becoming more twisted by the day and the TWHBEA financial losses continue to mount.