This is from Bob Epting -
Would you please, please, please take time to go to the link below,as well as my attached letter to the Y Board President, and vote to support our petition asking the Board of Directors either to back up and make the process inclusive, or to call a general membership vote to change the by-laws of the Y, so as to open their Board meetings, and so as to require membership participation in facilities closure determinations.
And would you please send this on to five others, and ask them to send on to five others each.
It is outrageous that the present Board of Directors, for the first time in the forty year history of the Y, has declared their Board meetings to be closed, and not open to the public, and has made decisions like this with no opportunity for Court users to participate, This morning the present President of the Y Board wrote Rosemary Waldorf and Paula Miller (past Presidents, themselves) arguing that the Y is a "closed non-profit," not a public non-profit, and that members have no right to participate or even observe Board meetings! We can fix that if you will let them know how out-of-touch that madness is with our community's prevailing values for governance of public bodies.
We think this is a "whole community" issue, not just a Y issue, as the Y in essence belongs to the whole community, and needs to be run in accordance with community values of open, democratic governance.
(This is just another step in the progression towards turning our local Y over to the Triangle Y, which in my opinion would be a disaster, and would take away our local control over what we planned, fought for, built, and paid for right here in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, for Orange County citizens.)
Please help by signing our petition and having your many (health conscious) friends do likewise.
Here is the link to the Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/ymca-members-protect-your-rights-and-your-facilities?share_id=JzdDHKXqFT&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition