Friday, August 14, 2009

Survey - sell the Chamber HQ?

After the inexcusably low turn-out of Chamber members to vote on giving the Board of Directors the authority to not only investigate selling the Chamber headquarters, but also to sell it without further consulting the members, the following survey was posted here, “What should the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce do?”

Sell its headquarters? 25 (66%)
Commit to a turnaround? 13 (34%)

Of the 38 readers who responded, 66% said “Sell it” and 34% said “Commit to a turnaround.” In other words, readers felt 2:1 that the building ought to be sold.

But 34% is a strong showing and should give the Board pause. The Board should find additional ways to obtain valid membership opinion before it sells the building.

In my opinion, the gross mismanagement of the Chamber’s Boards over the past 15-20 years and the actions (or inactions) of the hired gun (Executive Director) should not be overlooked.

Now is the time for the entire business community to rally and scream, “Enough!”

What a jewel Woodstock is. And the apathy of the business community is appalling. It never should have let the Chamber’s Boards skate through the years and make it look like they were making ends meet by re-financing the mortgage six times. Rather than paying down the initial mortgage of $87,500, they increased it by $100,000!

Dumb. Really dumb!

1 comment:

DA said...

But 34% is a strong showing and should give the Board pause. The Board should find additional ways to obtain valid membership opinion before it sells the building.

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66% is a much higher showing than 34%, right Gus? Just happens to be on the wrong side of the vote for what YOU want, so you just ignore it.

Typical.