Wanda Richards is resigning as
president of the Minnora Community Center Board. "We have worked seven
years of our lives for the center and the community, volunteering our time,"
Richards said she and other members of the board were asked to resign by
Larry Cottrell at a meeting held last week. "We are tired of his harassment
and character assassination, and we have decided to let his group take it
over," she said.
"We hope to make the transition as smooth as possible," said Richards.
Richards said other board members are expected to resign, likely Rose
Jarvis, Gene Hicks, Freda Whytsell and Dormal Ewing.
Donna Jordan, a member of the board, said upon receiving written
resignations a public meeting will be scheduled to begin development of a
new board of directors.
In a press release, Jordan said last week's meeting was the first held since
January and " a written financial statement was not available," although
Richards said she reviewed financial issues with the group.
Jordan said some board members, including Cottrell, raised questions
concerning decisions being made without input from all members. Cottrell
has called for a broader participation of community members in the
"We have done a lot of things for the center and the community over the
past years. It has been a lot of hard work and thousands of hours of
volunteer time," said Richards. "It takes a lot of money and labor to keep the
Jordan said Richards and Rose Jarvis told the group last week they would
no longer test the drinking water at the center, nor continue to manage the
building's water system, a daily effort.
Richards expressed her appreciation to the "workers that made it happen"
and to members of the community who have enjoyed the facility.