In a Dexter chat forum yesterday, a former member of ADCA leadership referred to a former ADCA member as being part of an attempt to "takeover ADCA". That is no more or less revisionist history. The people who walked out in Meadville PA had been fighting what they considered a "takeover" by a majority count of fellow directors.
The term "ADCA TAKEOVER" was the name of a website set up to give interested members information that became available as to the political turmoil. It did nothing more than publish time lines, and copies of documents and emails relative to the situation.
Todays membership is absolutely uninformed about the details of the split and they have been groomed to be bitter and angry towards members of another group placing all blame where all blame does not lie.
So, let's begin at the beginning and work our way forward. I welcome those who wish to add their experience and perspective to the dialogue. History should be recorded as accurately as possible and to do that it takes the perspective of all participants.
I will work through MY experience in individual threads.
In the beginning. In late fall of 2003, ADCA region 3 which encompassed the upper northeast including Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, needed to elect a new Director. It was this election and the events surrounding it whch became the first volley fired in the political upheaval that created the fracture in ADCA.
Members of the region in general may or may not have known what was taking place behind the scenes but it is obvious there were involved members in leadership and outside of leadership who did. It became public with a post made in January 2004 on the Dexter chat group at the time, Yahoo Dexter Cattle 2. The contributor was an anonymous person who never signed their real identity and who has not fessed up to this date. This ADCA member used the screenname Mericharmed and based on comments in the postings one can make a fair assumption Mericharmed was either a member of Region 3 , or was being fed "inside" information not available to the general membership by someone in ADCA leadership or most likely both, or was in fact an officer/director.
There were posts from Mericharmed on two chat groups, the Northwest Dexter group, ( they were deleted by the board owner Sandy Thomas after the split) and the ones on DexterCattle2 which still exist. I will post the four from Yahoo DexterCattle2.
I am including Merricharmed post #1 at this time and will add the other two later. Merricharmed's initial post was the first time that members of ADCA not part of leadership or outside of the northwest region were aware of the political situation that was developing. On the original ADCA TAKEOVER website only information and supporting documents were published with at times an explanatory comment. There was little opinion discussion included. That will not be the case here. I will comment as to my own experience and opinions.
Mericharmed - Yahoo Post #5857 Jan 26, 2004
I don't normally get upset by things going on with Dexters. I'm one of those live and let live, but someone (who I thought was a friend) has let me know about something they are doing "for the benefit of Dexters." It certainly sounds to me like this person is trying to benefit his own ego.
There are times when it is best to "lose the battle and win the war."
I can't share the details because although others are, I feel it would be unfair to those that are trying to do things right. This person should not be sharing this information in phone calls to others.
When someone's ego gets in the way of breeding good Dexters, I think the other members should not support this. I won't let this person know that I am no longer his friend, but I won't buy any cattle from him and if I get a chance, I will let those in the know be aware that members don't always agree with the dissidents and trouble makers.
Following the original post by Mericharmed several members questioned the content, confused as to it's meaning and suggestions. In response, Mericharmed followed up with post # 5861 January 26, 2004
Mericharmed post #2 Yahoo #5861
I think Sandi knows exactly what is going on. She is a Director and knows all the politics that are occurring. When one member starts challenging rules, regulations and the Board, I question this person's loyalty to anything, leave alone the Dexter breed.
I am sure Sandi can share this information. I cannot since I am not a Board member or officer, just a member.
The Dexter breed doesn't need trouble makers that will divide and destroy all the good things that others are doing.
When the time is right, I will voice my opinions and tell this person what I think of him and share my name, address and phone number. Right now I am gathering data to share with the other Dexter breeders and that is much easier if no one knows who I am.
Ask your Directors and officers to send out a report on this person's shenanigans, as members you have a right to know.
The original posts and the responses by other contributors are still available on the forum. In this post Mericharmed is referring to a response by Director Sandi Thomas, ( # 5860) in which she comments:
Not a clue as to what this refers to, much less whom!
( Original message is 5859, this message is 5860 and the follow-up by Mericharmed is 5861. On the heels of 5861, the next post relating to the discussion was also posted by Director Sandi Thomas as follows:
Wait a Minute! This is a very underhanded way to achieve what? I have no idea which item of business that I, as a Director, know about that you may be referring to! We are working on a number of issues, none in hiding! If you have a concern about something and won't say what it is why have you said anything at all? If you wish to discuss something feel free to contact me......or other Directors. Don't try to slam me or others here without saying what your problem is.
Note: The original post on the Yahoo board ends with Director Thomas' email addresses and phone number and I have deleted those.
There were a few other posts that addressed the original poster asking for clarification and one post that spoke to the issues #5971 then the conversation moved on to other topics.
On February 3rd, 2004 another post appeared on the Yahoo board authored by Mericharmed. #5982. Here is that post;
Feb 3, 2004
From what I have read on the NW cattle, there seems to be a problem with egos. One Regional Director--not a breeder and has a conflict of interest but thinks he should serve. Also another former officer thinks he should get to serve and was told he couldn't because of some wording--he got really nasty (naughty, naughty, shame, shame) and another Director who thinks that region doesn't belong to the ADCA--maybe should join the first Director's cattle club and then won't have to worry. I wonder if the other members in the Region feel that way??? Get those egos under control. If you play nice, we can all play together.
I think some of the good breeders need to get active--those of you who are worried about Dexters and not about your ego. I think there are enough of those "ego boosters" to last a lifetime.
Ask your Directors about all this. There are a couple who just can't wait to be asked. They love sharing all this gossip.
I was a lurker on this list for years but perhaps now is a good time to get active.
The following copied post #5987 is an interesting post relating to the previous Mericharmed post. Germantrader is another screen name steeped in anonymity. This poster never signed a name nor devulged their identity.
Feb 3, 2004
Hey, I think we need Bill to sort all of this out--he is so good at that stuff.
It sounds to me like a lot of shaninghans is going on. If Region 3 doesn't want this Director and thinks he has a conflict of interest, they need to be writing to the Board and the Officers.
Or, someone needs to just bite the bullet and write him and tell him to resign and why. I can't believe that if he is an honest and decent person that he wouldn't understand that there is a real conflict of interest here and he may have stepped in something that is not good. If not, then perhaps someone needs to get on his miniature cattle group (if one exists) and tell his members about what he's doing. I would think they wouldn't like him abandoning his group for Dexters either. Honesty will probably work the best in the end. Or am I dreaming?
My gosh it had gotten so quiet on here that I hadn't even logged on forever. It sounds like the fun is just starting. I even joined the new group today to see what is happening there.
Interest/curiosity has now been raised among members and contributors on the forum. One member begins a new thread titled "Conflict of Interest Questions", admits confusion and asks to be informed. A couple others repeat this sentiment.
In post #5994 GN Nanci offers some information;
5994 Re: [Dexter Cattle] conflict of interest questions
gnnanci Feb 3, 2004
Region 3 is kind of a catch-all of States. I believe it includes Washington, Hawaii, Alaska and part of Canada. In my opinion, it has been hard for this spread-out group to organize, like it did when Washington was with California and Oregon, when I joined ADCA. This year the region was up for a new Regional Director election and hardly anyone voted, I heard it was 8 people, but you could confirm that with a board member. Anyway nobody was nominated to run except two people. 1. One person who supposedly did not want the position, 2. Somebody other person who doesn't breed Dexters. This mix-up made people less likely to vote and some went for the proverbial "Snoopy" write-in. The person who doesn't breed Dextgers got something like four votes and now is supposed to be the new regional director. The problem is that this person, you can see his website at www.minicattle.com has not registered a Dexter in 10 years, since he registered one Dexter bull that he crossed with (if I remember right)Herefords to create what black baldies. He subsequently took these animals and bred them to a variety of other breeds including Jerseys and Galloways to create crosses with patented names, like Kentshire and Mini Panda. He also operates his own mini cattle registry as a business venture. He does not breed Dexters. His only Dexter, which may be dead now, was only used for crosses. He gets a lot of criticism from his buyers, but I won't go there, except to say that within the last few days he has answered such critism by publicly threatening a lawsuit against people who criticize him on a yahoo group, and used the title, Director Region 3, American Dexter Cattle Association as part of his signature.
If you are following the discussion here or on the original site you will note the concerns are beginning to take form.
There are a number of posts in this thread with concerns and comments.
You can read them on the original site. The discussion dies down and moves on to other topics and then a new thread is started and the pot is stirred again.
Post # 6095 February 14 Title: Region 3 Election Info
cddexter Feb 14, 2004
You wanted the real goods? Here's the scoop.
I'm Carol Davidson, Region 3 member.
November 1st: Nominations closed. November 10th: There were THREE nominees: Janice Thomas nominated by Mark Youngs, Carol Davidson nominated by Fred Chesterley and Dick Gradwohl nominated by Charlie George. November 10th: ADCA employee called Janice and me. November 11th: Janice decined. November 13th: Carol declined. November 16th: ADCA employee called Dick, who accepted. November 17/18th: ADCA employee called and asked Mark Youngs to run, even though nomintions closed weeks earlier; Mark agreed. November 19th: Ballot sent out with two names: Dick and Mark. mid-January: Kathy called Dick to confirm he was the new Director.
The Region has 42 members, 18 voted; a good turnout. The vote was Dick: 12; Mark: 6.
Re the gossip: For what it's worth, Gradwohl does have Dexters, is a breeder, and meets the requirements for a Director. The election of Gradwohl was doublely legal in that he won by a clear majority vote in a well supported election (43% turnout), and by virtue of being the only legitimate candidate. Any other result would NOT have been legal, as Mark Youngs was added long after nominations closed.
I am going to add follow up discussion here for two reasons. (1) It shows an increasing concern and tension over this election and internal issues some are voicing, and with the exception of one or two people the contributors move into positions of power after the frac
6096 Re: Region 3 Election info
Feb 14, 2004
When I started asking around about this election, I found out, (mainly off-list) that people have issues with the actual election process of ADCA, and that is an important, but I believe it is a separate issue from the concerns voiced about Region 3. Being a nominee, you have inside information into other aspects of the election process as a whole.
1. Gradwohl is not a breeder by most people's definition: His Dexters are used mainly for crossbreeding purposes and are registered in his own Miniature Cattle Registry. He has not registered a Dexter in ADCA, (the only purebred Dexter registry in the U.S.,) in 10 years. He may have every legal right to run, (according to ADCA's poorly worded by-laws), and he may be the rightful winner. . . . . .but why would he want to run in the first place? 2. I remember my region's ADCA ballots simply giving a name and a box to check. Was everyone aware of Gradwohl's lack of involvement with purebred Dexters or was he just a name and a box?
Nobody implied tampering or cheating, or questioned if the appointment is legal. People questioned motivation. Why would someone want to be on a board of directors for a breed he does not promote, particularly when he raises competing breeds, and runs a competing registry? I, personally, questioned the lack of choices and the apathy on the part of us, as members. This would never have happened if breeders were more active. People had the choice of someone who bred Dexters, but said he did not want to run; and someone who wanted to run but did not breed Dexters. A mixture of apathy and rock-the-boat-mentality got Gradwohl elected. Coming from California, I know those are both very powerful forces!
I realize now that there are other concerns and other hot debates. But, I see the issue of "whether or not Gradwohl has a conflict of interest" as a distinct concern.
6097 Re: [Dexter Cattle] Region 3 Election info Feb 15, 2004
Thanks Carol. It is interesting to note that the folks in that region were aware and voted. The underlying question is, did they know what/who they were voting for. While Gradwohl does meet the requirements to be a director, it DOES appear to the casual glance, that he does NOT promote the breed, but rather, touts his own custom designed cows (nice gig!). Since he was a professor of marketing, and taught that, I can understand his schtick and why he wants to sell his cows over Dexters. His marketing is brilliant. Look at the cutesy panda cow toy he sells. LOL
The questioning thought resonates to me that perhaps his serving in the position as Director of his region is not out of caring for the breed, but rather for the furtherment of his project on his designer cows. Since I don't know him, I also place the caveat that I could be wrong, but appearances of his website sure incline my thinking towards that conclusion, from what I have witnessed.
The simple solution to me, is for Gradwohl to address the issue (come clean as the politicians say), and put the matter to rest, in an amicable way. Certainly not making threats against peoples whose intent is to help the dexter breed themselves. I am confident he will read this post, so perhaps he will do the right thing, and do just that. Perhaps he might do more to promote Dexters in addition to the designer cows, and lend his marketing capability to that end as well. Or, if he sees a conflict, he might even do the altruistic thing, and resign.
Failing that, it would suggest to me that the only resolution available to the folks in his region, would be to affect a recall, if that is possible, or vote him out next time. And that would only be if they thought he was misrepresenting them, or that he did not perform to recognized standards.
It certainly wouldn't feel good to me to have someone serving in a capacity of directorship that didn't perform within my expectations, but that is just me. If it disturbs folks that much, they will resolve the issue.
Does the national board have the ability in the bylaws to recall or censure or remove in a case where someone has not performed, or has done deeds which should require their removal? This subject certainly lends itself to that question, in terms of curiosity. If in fact someone is not functioning to the stated purpose of the Association, can they be removed?
Thank you for letting us know what happened.
Dennis, expressing his opinions and observations ( :-)> )
6098 Re: Region 3 Election info
Feb 15, 2004
View Source ---congrads to Mr Gradwhol if he won fair and square and placed himself in the possible place to be the director if he won and did.
Maybe he has good intentions for the Dexter breed and has not been given the chance to speak. But why in the world would anybody cast a vote in favor of someone they did not even know??? Why not do a little resurch first before you vote. Mybe this is why we get so many people in our goverment like we have got, the lever is pulled by the sound of the name we like best or is best looking or what ever reason that might pop in to ones head.
So why not let him have a chance to prove himself, and yes he should make a announcement of intention's as to his involvement into the ADCA if he has been dorment so long. Why would he want the position if he had no interest in the ADCA? Why would he put himself in a position if he had no intentions of fullfilling his duty as a officer knowing that would do more harm than good to him and his marketin?.
And why not ask the person that nominated him, why he thought he was the best person for the position and what he had to contribute to the betterment of the Dexter.
I just don't understand how something so simple can turn into such a big deal after the fact. If the people in region 3 voted him in then they should stand behind him now. Lets ask the ones who voted his way their opinion???
"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything"?
6099 region 3
cddexter Feb 15, 2004
There are very few members in this region who don't know who Dick is, and if at 2:1 they chose him over Mark, then he is strongly and legitimately the peoples' choice.
Despite the gossip, instead of pre-judging him, I'm going to wait and see what kind of job Dick does. If he abuses the position or shows himself to be a bad Director whose actions injure the breed, there will be time enough THEN to take steps to remove him if that is the decision of his region and the Board. Everythng else is speculation.
If you have concerns, why not call Dick? Even though you aren't a member of Region 3, he will probably be polite and try to help you. This back and forth rather libellous guesswork on a public forum is doing more harm to the breed than Dick ever could.
Good for you. I absolutely 100% agree with you. Nobody knows Dick's intentions, but Dick.., and I would venture to say (though I don't know him) that they are good ones. No one (I don't think) would volunteer for the work involved being a Director unless they were interested and somewhat devoted (even partially) to the Dexter Breed. He was voted in by majority- end of discussion. Just because he has mixed breed cattle or promotes mini breeds beyond pure Dexters-does that necessarily mean that someone calling up with pure Dexter interests or questions will not be treated to the same information and references that we all (the Directors) give them?? I think that it is a disgrace that the conversations or rather petty arguments taking place about Dick's election are even taking place. He could be an asset to Dexters because of his marketing background and until proven guilty of some wrong doing should be highly commended for stepping up to the plate and accepting the committment and sometimes hard, thankless work that all of us do as Regional Directors for the ADCA. Just my thoughts.
6103 Re: [Dexter Cattle] region 3
Feb 15, 2004
It is to the extent that anyone who owns a dexter, regardless of locale, has a viable equity in their popularity, and because I own several and plan to own more, it is indeed my business, as it is everyone's IF the breed is not being taken care of and not being promoted. I don't pre-judge him, in fact I went out of my way NOT to prejudge him. I simply made relevant observations, open to anyone with a normal mind and disposition.
Frankly also, I have no desire to waste my time calling him. The time I spent, was spent investigating him via the internet, and lookng at his site. At this time he is a non issue to me. I simply state what I saw, in response to all the back and forth issues. As far as libelous behavior, there was none on my part. Simply observations, and statements that can be correlated and substantiated in any courtroom.
It is a closed issue to me, but obviously there are still some folks on here that care enough to express their concerns, and those concerns are legitimate. He does in fact need to step forward, at least within his region, and put to peace this issue that has arisen. I think from a business standpoint, as I stated, he is brilliant.
I do NOT share your thoughts that you wait until he either proves or disproves himself. In any organization, it is the responsibility of the folks in his position to address legitimate concerns, and as stated before, this appears to have been one of them. Contrary to your statements, he was NOT elected 2:1, but rather, of the people that voted, he was. That does not mean that it would be acceptable to the populous as a whole. Perhaps the others are apathetic, and simply regret their apathy.
Finally, I think that most folks don't look upon this forum to make the decisions to buy or not. Most decisions I have been made aware of, are by folks who know someone who owns them, and gains an interest from there. Just another opinion though.
So, be at peace. My questing is over, and I responded to the person who answered my original concerns. I think I shall breed my cows to create a new breed too, called pandemonium! I LIKE it! rofl. Would THAT be infringement? LOLOL
Dennis who is unconcerned about your region, except where it impacts the value of my cows.......
6105 Re: region 3
Chris Ricard Feb 15, 2004
I think that you are missing the "Bigger" picture here. I would suggest that you go back and re-read the posting from Carol She wrote :
November 10th: ADCA employee called Janice and me. November 11th: Janice declined. November 13th: Carol declined. November 16th: ADCA employee called Dick, who accepted. November 17/18th: ADCA employee called and asked Mark Youngs to run, even though nominations closed weeks earlier; Mark agreed. November 19th: Ballot sent out with two names: Dick and Mark. mid-January: Kathy called Dick to confirm he was the new Director
The issue is that whoever the "ADCA employee" is, they apparently tried to influence the outcome of an election. This is something that needs to be looked into No ?
You as a director and a member should be concerned about this. I would Suggest that this need to be investigated.
I would hope that this did not take place, if it did we as Assoc. have some real problems.
The next quote is from a new thread but it is timely in that it relates a building of tension within the leadership and membershipl
6111 Tension and closet space
gnnanci Feb 15, 2004
I haven't felt this much tension in ADCA since the year the shortlegs came out of the closet! If the breed can get through that nightmare, it can get through anything. Only this time, I can't quite figure out what the underlying issue is. Through the "bulldog trials," devotion to the Dexter breed united us and the breed prospered beyond many of our expectations. The strongest opponents agreed to disagree, and moved on. Whatever is brewing now seems to be occupying a good amount of closet space. However, I am sure it is possible for Dexter breeders to move on, again . . . for the sake of what brought us together in the first place . . . Dexters.
The following is a member making a slight correction to published info;
6115 Re: Region 3 Election info
frankiebonnie Feb 16, 2004
You missed one item Carol--I nominated Mark Youngs for Director.
I don't see that listed in your note.
Sorry, I don't read this list much, but thought you needed your facts straight.
More negativity about the new officer;
6116 Re: Region 3 Election info
germantrader2002 Feb 16, 2004
And so the plot thickens. Sounds like Carol had a beef with anyone running against Professor Gradwohl.
Just a sideline. I called Professor Gradwohl about his Dexters-- didn't have too much nice to say--said he couldn't sell them and would sell some for $200 and less just to get rid of them. They were only good for donor cows for ET.
But, I'm retired so makes no difference to me. I long ago got out of the politics of the group.
On February 17 Mericharmed returns and again the pot is stirred but expands into a new area.
6117 Region 3 Election and Region 6 news
mericharmed Feb 17, 2004
It looks like this Carol person owes someone a big apology. If Mark Youngs was nominated, there could have been all kinds of reasons he wasn't called sooner. Maybe he wasn't home?
But, there is even bigger news on the front. And, I received this directly from the Director of Region 6. I am told that Region 6 hosted the annual meeting last year. They were forwarded a certain amount of money to hold the meeting. The money obtained from the meeting exceeded the funds forwarded to them. They are refusing to return the money to the Association and the Regional Director's words to me were that they earned it and there were no rules and regulations that stated they needed to return any money to the Association.
Okay members these are your dues, the money you pay for registrations and transfers. The money for an annual meeting is a choice--if you choose to go, you benefit, but when one region keeps the money that members pay to go to something national, I have a problem with that.
The income should be returned so that it can be used for subsequent annual meetings, for advertising, and things that benefit all the members not a select group.
Since when do we need rules and regulations against taking funds for your own benefit--something sounds mighty strange here--almost illegal and your Directors are not dealing with it.
If Region 6 wants to make money, they need to do it among their own group through dues or a bake sale or whatever--not take my money and the money of other members so they can do things in their region. I don't benefit from it. None of us are going to drive hundreds of miles to go to their events. Do you receive any of their publications? Are they sending out a newsletter to all of us like the ADCA? Have you been invited to their events?
My thoughts, but these are the facts or is the Region 6 Director lying?
Are we law abiding citizens or do we now break the law and say we need something written before we can do anything about it. I am embarrassed that no one is doing anything about this.
More . . . . . . .
cddexter Feb 17, 2004
When I was called by an official employee of the ADCA on November 10th to ask if I REALLY wanted to be a director AGAIN or would I support Janice instead (honest guys, this really happened), Mark Youngs was NOT among those nominated. Good try, though.
NOTE: The following two messages got knocked out of order with a new paste. Jump back and read them in order to get the context.
First of all, I have no idea why you would think I was addressing Carols letter. I was not. OR that I do not see the "big picture".., I do. I did not mention any "ADCA employee"..except for Dick. I was stating my opinion that Dick should not be bad mouthed about his "supposed" agenda that "supposedly" does not include Dexters. I think that he has been unfairly treated and spoken of. I did not bring into question the electoral process he went through - or he was put through- to get to his position. And I certainly would not criticize OUR Association without facts and solutions.., and also would not place my opinions of such, good OR bad on a public message board as hear-say. If change is to take place.., it takes the tribe not the warrior. Working together for the good of the breed and the good of the Association should be our goal- not to bad mouth certain individuals on a public message board.
6110 The bigger picture
gnnanci Feb 15, 2004
The bigger picture, as I see it, is apathy. Regional director is a thankless job that in many cases nobody wants. Nobody runs. Maybe the regions are too small, it spreads out the human resources. I can think of a couple times when people were afraid there would be NO candidate at all. I am sure if we interviewed everyone who has previously served or is currently serving on the board, we would find examples of when deadlines have been extended and rules for qualifications have been bent, just to get some sort of ballot mailed out. It seems that any region with at least 30 members could cough up two candidates, but it has repeatedly been a struggle during my membership with the ADCA. In the case of Region 3, electing somebody who actually wanted the job was likely a refreshing change. Enthusiasm in a wonderful thing. I just wish we had more of it directed towards our breed. And I don't just mean Mr. Gradwohl. We have precious few breeders with energy and enthusiasm, and too much of their time is wasted targeting and shielding blows from among the ranks.
We have now reached the middle of February and so far all discussion and information received by members outside Region 3 ( or late the Region 6 discussion) has been addressed on a chat forum.
After the Merricharmed posts in January and February the forum chat group returned to Dexter discussions of the day. The ADCA general membership had no idea of the drama, manipulations, and internal struggles taking place within the leadership. . . . . . . . UNTIL . . . . . . . a letter arrived in the mail boxes of ADCA members dated 5-5-2004. Before I print the copy of the letter a time line of the events leading up to the letter will add clarity. With each item on the timeline will be the connecting document with the exception of the Mericharmed posts seen above.
1-26-04 Mericharmed post on Yahoo DexterCattle2 forum #1 2-3-04 Mericharmed post on Yahoo DexterCattle2 forum #2 2-3 or 4 Mericharmed emails Director Richard Gradwhol direct ( This email will be shown in context later in this historical). 2-22-04 Director Gradwhol sends email to ADCA BOD stating he has received an email threat.
At this point in the escalating conflicts Richard Gradwhol has been nominated and elected Director in ADCA Region 3. Richard Gradwhol at the time of his election as a Director was involved in breeding and registering crossbred mini cattle, and developing new breeds based on crossing Dexter cattle with other breeds. Some of his trademarked cattle include, but are not limited too,. . . Panda Cattle, Kentshire cattle, Covingtonshire cattle, Burienshire cattle, Kingshire cattle, Lessor Jersey cattle, Mini Black Baldie cattle, white Dexter cattle. There were members of ADCA who believed his outcrossing of Dexters and his miniature cattle registry were in direct conflict with his elected position in ADCA and complained that Richard Gradwhol had not registered a Dexter in ADCA for nine years prior to his election.
It is now less than one month since the first Mericharmed post on the Yahoo chat forum and it would appear there is already a strategy formed and in place among some members of the BOD.
2-23-04 Before noon on this date, Director John Potter emails the ADCA Officers and BOD with a proposal to change the governing infrastructure of ADCA.
Last Edit: Aug 4, 2014 2:37:07 GMT by jamshundred: Moved to dateline threads
Reading through the time line entries above and the emails. . . . . I wonder if anyone else feels the same way *I* did originally. ( And still do). It was orchestrated. The people involved were playing dirty. There had been a power struggle within this organization for years as told to me by the registrar that proceded Rosemary and that registrar gave me names of two people she said were constantly creating turmoil. There were those who felt Rosemary Fleharty had or took too much power and some of it was based in personality conflicts. There were factors in place at the time that offered a perfect opportunity for what took place, and one major factor was several new Directors that were also very new owners ( who were permitted to be Directors by special exception). The newbies were not aware of people, personalities, or history. On 2-22-04 Rosemary Fleharty, the registrar/secretary/treasurer for years received a phone call that she was under investigation by police! As I understood it at the time, ( and currently) Rosemary flipped out! ( I would too - wouldn't you?). She made the comment to the President of ADCA by phone that her job/life was "not worth it" and that she would resign. Rosemary never officially resigned. There are NO extant documents offering a registration. There was a police investigation and it encompassed her workplace and job as well. Dirty pool folks. I will also add that *I* did a lot of digging to identify the person who wrote the email. Mericharmed was a member of, and posted on the NW Dexter yahoo group. This was a members only group. You had to have a membership to participate. (Posts relating to this incident were deleted). I made copies of all posts and all members and I cross-referenced clues from this board and other sources. I am confident I know the identity of Mericharmed and I am confident when I tell you it was NOT Rosemary Fleharty. The person who used the identity of Mericharmed permitted Rosemary Fleharty to be reported and investigated by the police without coming forward is a ______________. ( My word may or may not differ from yours).
Coming up next. . . . . . . the police report which includes the "threatening" email sent by Mericharmed to Director Richard Gradwhol which was turned over to the police, complaint filed, and first volley fired. I believe that various major players in this drama had different agendas with different visions of the end result.