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Re: NFC: NFC stuff:

Robert I appreciate the post.

Its a bummer, but, its a long way from a worst case

This is a temporary setback, thats all, 

I didnot respond to the request for the steering
committee etc as there was a question of not being in
the country in a few months, that notwithstanding I am
quite willing to participate in however I can help.

Pity Dwight went to the Philippines, better he was
here and I was there! I taught there for a couple of
years, and would go back in a NY second.

Although, if there was real justice in the universe in
real time Dwight would be a guest of the
moros(muslims) there.

--- robert a rice <robertrice at juno_com> wrote:
> Chris and all,
> Here are a few points Id like to make before I close
> my comment on the
> topic/s. Id intended to discuss some of the issues
> in the next flier but
> it seemed like now was a good time to bring them up
> on the list.
> First off I agree a rexamination of how we do things
> is in order.
> Periodically a house cleaning is needed.
> About 3 months a go I requested volunteers to form a
> steering committee
> to do just that. I ran the request in both the flier
> and the email list.
> Sadly not enough people volunteered to creat a
> committee. SO Perhaps now
> is a good time to make that request again.
> The NFC is a volunteer organization and volunteerism
> runs in cycles. We
> are on a downward cycle have been for a year plus.
> When that occurs
> things get sloppy and hopefully that becomes a
> motivation for people to
> reapply them selves to the cause.
> Our Board Of Trustees is an Inactive one and that
> has slowed us down a
> bit. I suspect only Joe T and myself will run
> again.If no one else runs
> we will keep our current bot.
> Finally and most sadly . The reason I havent just
> whipped out some
> figures is I dont have them. 14 months ago Dwight
> Moody our Former
> treasurer went AWOL. Quit his work, left his life
> and dissapeared. I
> called for him dozens of times emailed him hundreds
> more. I occassionally
> got a response saying everything was fine and all
> was well. So that
> allowed things to carry on much to long. After
> several calls to his
> former employer I found out the truth,that all was
> not well. 
> So for the past three months or so I have been
> trying to get to the
> bottom of this. I froze the checking account had him
> removed from it. And
> got Bank records . Im not done auditing things but
> here is the skinny of
> it.
> The NFC checks we had been sending to him had not
> been deposited in about
> a year. No Bills were paid for a year. Those checks
> are missing but the
> members were  given thier full NFC dues. As the
> checks come to me first
> to be added to the Data base. About Half our members
> join online the rest
> do the snail mail.
> those funds were never credited to the NFC account
> and those checks are
> missing and presumed lost. I worked with the US
> postal service to get
> acces to our PO box. It was empty of NFC things.
> From my reasearch I can
> safely say that there were no funds used improperly
> there was just a
> complete lack of a treasurer. The amount not
> deposited appears to be
> $1400 or so. Money Im willing to replace after we
> have tried all other
> means
> SO thats where we are at. Im still trying to find
> Dwight and the NFC's
> stuff (last seen in the Phillipines) and Joe T will
> be takeing over the
> treasurer responsibilitys. 
> In the next flier I will give basically this same
> note cleaned up and all
> but bearing the same news. 
> I will also say this we as an organization will
> survive this ordeal we
> will move forward and learn from our mistakes. 
> Anyway I would appreciate peoples patience and
> understanding on this
> issue. It is a worst case scanario , but we will
> survive .
> Robert Rice
> NFC president
> www.nativefish.org

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