(09/11/2002)
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," she said.

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 organization.

"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 place going."

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.


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