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Postby Free » Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:36 am

Just as it looked like donations were drying up at 28k, an anonymous donation of $2000 came in.
Mark Forbes, is that you? ..(satire) because we know Mark would never do that without hero recognition.
Gee, I wonder who?

I think Jim Zeisit, was pressured to make a donation to the Womens' Team in return for the cover-up of all the "misspent" USHGA funds
when he and Mark Forbes nearly bankrupted 'the Corporation, back in the day. He skated out of leadership, turning it over to Tim Herr, the corporate lawyer and Mark Forbes, as they swept the issue under the rug. Those two know where all the bodies are buried because they are the ones that filled in the graves.

The power grab of a few days ago is a continuation of an ongoing cover-up. They have to limit the prying eyes of the members by controlling who might gain access to how the sausage is made.

This is not just my conspiratorial mindset running wild. There was a true, world class finance analytical guy that briefly looked into the corporate books during
the time in question and came up with the conclusion that all was not well in this land of volunteer machinations. Of course he was silenced somehow and he disappeared never to be heard from again. His name was Warren S.. something.. Scribner? Scrivner? I mean this guy was in Who's Who of his field of work. No dummy, he.
I wrote about this on the now defunct USHGA yahoo list years ago. I have some copies on old hard drives and will try to search on yahoo but they make it pretty hard to find things there, or I just am not good at it. Dan Brown, also wrote about it and he went silent. He's a California lawyer, maybe someone knows him?

Mark why don't you come clean and redeem yourself. Tell us it was you instead of Jim Zeisit, that nearly brought down USHGA, once before.
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Re: Tiki, Can You Hear Me Renaissance

Postby Free » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:05 pm

Three days touch of winter blues. It's been cold. I'm getting old.
Not as inclined to donate the things thought about.
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Re: Tiki, Can You Hear Me Renaissance

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun May 12, 2019 10:43 pm

From February 20th, 2019 at 8:21 pm:
Bob Kuczewski wrote:Technically, Tiki did vote to expel me. Here's how Doug phrased it in his vote tally of the USHPA Board:

dhmartens wrote:tiki masky ??? region 6 ????? said yes but in a "no" tone


Tiki did ask the right question. I'll paraphrase it here:

We may not like some of the things Bob is doing (like starting the U.S. Hawks, speaking to his City Council, testifying in court), but how does expelling him stop him from doing any of those things?

Then Mark Forbes jumped in and backed her down. She ended up voting to expel me.

I tend to think Doug's assessment was right. Tiki may not have had enough experience on the Board to know how tough it is to stand up to Mark Forbes and Tim Herr. There is a tremendous social pressure to go along with the flow.

I have called Tiki recently to ask about it, and she said she didn't remember her comment. She didn't seem particularly willing to help, but she did agree to take a look at it if I sent her the documentation. Her tone on the phone wasn't really encouraging, and I still haven't followed up yet.

Tiki voted to expel me in the spring of 2015. As I mentioned above, I suspect she was a new Director and didn't know how rotten USHPA's leadership had become. And even as a new Director, she did speak up. I have to give her credit for that. But she let Mark Forbes back her down.

It's 4 years later now, and Tiki has 4 years experience behind her. It's been 4 years that I haven't been able to fly Torrey or Crestline or Sylmar. Tiki has certainly come out like a lion now that she might be one of the Directors to lose her own job. Maybe she's gained the courage of her convictions, or maybe she just likes the title of Director. It's hard to tell at this point.

I have followed up and spoken with Tiki recently. I did follow up with the supporting documents that I promised her months ago.

The next move is Tiki's. I've got my fingers crossed that she'll be as courageous standing up for someone else's right to fly as she has for her own Directorship.

Best wishes Tiki. May the Force be with you.   :thumbup:
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Poetic Justice?

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:03 pm

Bob Kuczewski wrote:I have followed up and spoken with Tiki recently. I did follow up with the supporting documents that I promised her months ago.

The next move is Tiki's. I've got my fingers crossed that she'll be as courageous standing up for someone else's right to fly as she has for her own Directorship.

Best wishes Tiki. May the Force be with you.   :thumbup:

I haven't wanted to make a big deal about it, but Tiki basically stood by her expulsion vote. We had a few phone calls / text communications earlier this year. It appears that she hadn't really done much investigating when she voted back in 2015, so I sent her the documents again. I don't think she read them this time either. She basically said she would stand by her vote without being able to remember or quote a single reason for my expulsion.

Today, Tiki posted this on the Oz Forum:

Tiki wrote:ATTENTION: MEMBERS AND INTERESTED PARTIES DENIED ACCESS TO USHPA BOARD MEETING
So I had set up a telephone conferencing tonight so all members and interested parties could listen into the first meeting of your post Governance Proposal USHPA Board of Directors.

A week ago I opened this discussion with the BOD, I waited until Sunday before publishing the call-in information in case there was any pushback. Now less then 24 hours before the meeting is to take place I get two objections, from Owen Shoemaker (Region 1) and Randall Shane (Region 1).

They sight SOP 02-10.06 as the reason, why you all cannot be a part of this meeting. That SOP says that everyone (BOD) has to agree to allow members and interested parties to listen in on the meeting. (No big deal, so I thought.) However, If any one person objects, than is cannot be allowed. 

I have spent an ungodly amount of time on this today arguing my point of the importance of transparency and member participation – I thought this would be a no brainer. 

We further argued the definition of “broadcast.” Finally they wanted to bring in the attorney Tim Herr for an opinion. That’s when at 4:50pm. (having started this in the morning) I was done.

I’m sorry folks I threw in the towel. Steve Rodriquez (Bylaw Chairman) and I have spent all day point out their errors. And now they want to turn it over to counsel. Nope, I'm done with this issue. 

As important as I think it is, I am not going to expend USHPA funds on a legal opinion. Is this why our organization is operating in the Red (rhetorical).

So your participation cannot happen, you will not be “allowed” to listen in on a meeting of YOUR Board of Directors, because two of your directors objected.

So the “New Governance” was voted in yet it’s old governing ways are still alive.

Interesting how the two people who are objecting Owen and Randall are new Board Members.

I find myself in agreement with Tiki's positions here, but I can't help but see the poetic justice in the situation. Some of you may remember that I asked to record my own expulsion hearing in 2015 so there would be a record. Felipe invoked that same "USHPA gag rule" to force me to turn it off ... which I did. Tiki was in that Board meeting, and she didn't object - not a peep. I guess it's true that what goes around comes around.

As a final note, it saddens me that heroes are so hard to find in this sport. I try to promote heroism with praise and encouragement (see my hopeful comments about Tiki), and I try to discourage cowardice with private (and sometimes very public) criticisms. I'm not sure if either are of much use. Maybe courage is one of those things that people either have or don't have. But either way, courage is something I appreciate very much when I find it. Thanks to every member of the U.S. Hawks who has stood firmly with us for many years.   :salute:
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