Letters to the Editor (09/29/2012)

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Co-op board does not consider members wishes

Although I did not attend last night’s meeting of the SEC’s board of trustees, three friends called to tell me about it and to express their indignation. As I best recall, the members voted in 2010 to stop the awarding of cash prizes to members who attend district and annual meetings.
At the first annual meeting that I attended, I was so shocked by the amount of money being given away that I started adding it up. It totaled $2,000. That money — every bit of it — belonged to the members, the legal owners of the co-op. What right did the trustees have to give it away? Many other members felt as I did, and at the next annual meeting, we voted resoundingly to stop that practice.
At the regular board meeting last night, the trustees voted to give cash prizes at the upcoming district meetings. Please be aware: This is not their personal money; this is money that belongs to all of us.
Our wishes are not considered nor are our directives honored. This board does not represent us, and neither do the attorneys paid with co-op funds. If we want representation, we must look to ourselves.

Audrie Clifford
Socorro