Hope to see you tomorrow, sat., 12/31 at 10 AM in front of the library at Calle 53 near 68.Sorry about the formatting from all the forwards, but I am trying to get this out tonight and hope that some library members will have a chance to see it.The board of he library has fired the coordinator.The membership and volunteers are completely backing the coordinator and think the board is highly unethical or worse.As you probably know, the ex-board President stole a large amount of money from the library and many of the same people who allowed this to happen are still on the board.I personally am not renewing my membership to the library, because who knows what will happen to my money?Tomorrow, Saturday 12/31/11, library members are meeting out in the street in front of MELL since the library is locked down.Please be there and ask anyone else who is interested to be there. If you know anyone in the media, please call them.Apologies for errors of attribution, etc. but this was done in a hurry. There will be a full coverage of the incident in the next day or two. Watch this space. -Yenta.String of emails from tonight:From: Leroy OsmonDate: December 30, 2011 7:59:12 PM CSTTo: library membersSubject: letter to board
As a member, patron (that has donated thousands of dollars of books over the years to MELL), advertiser and 16 year supporter of MELL, I feel it is time for the present board to resign. No matter what part any or all of the members had in this present situation IT HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH. There can be absolutely no confidence in the present board and as a result the MELL will suffer greatly.The board needs to turn to the original concept with an all English speaking membership and an all North American membership and include only those that are not in any way associated with the present board fiasco.The ‘whistle-blower’ that brought this to the attention of the ‘officials’ should be rewarded – NOT FIRED! This act alone by the board (firing the present Liberian) cast aspersions on the present members. If the library is to survive this, the board must do what is best for the preservation of MELL and that simply means they must go. Right, wrong, uninformed, complacent – it does not matter at this time. Many members, like my wife and I will simply no longer have any thing to do with the present situation and that would include the retention of the present board.As current members, we call for the resignation of the present board.Dr. Leroy Osmon, DMADr. Cay Smith Osmon, EdD
Lorna Gail Dallin to me (BG) show details 8:10 PM (1 hour ago)
The volunteers are out in protest … we will not open the Library Tomorrow morning, Saturday. We will be there at 10.00 to talk with members who show up.
If you can, come by the Library tomorrow between 10 and 1 … to get more information, to consolidate, to comisserate, to confirm our message both to the members and to the board
I will look forward to seeing you there at sometime … we will meet in the street.Again, I am not sure that I have all current volunteers on my list so if you see any misses, please pass the word.Pass the word to friends of the Library and ask them to come by as well. We need some visible support.See you there.oxoxlgz[z[z[z[zWhy don’t you drop by … there will be lots of discussion as to what is happening, what has happened and what might happen.
Begin forwarded message:From: Leroy Osmon <lDate: December 30, 2011 7:33:47 PM CSTTo: Arnott Hilary ElizabethSubject: Board meeting Sat. at MELL 10AM
If you have ever used the English Library and are interested in the future of the Merida English Library then I would like to recommend that you attend the board meeting Sat. 31 Dec. at 10AM.As some of you may know, there was a reported theft of between $250,000.pesos and $450,000.pesos and the person that discovered the theft has been asked to resign. As a 16 year supporter of MELL (the English Library) I do not want to see it be closed and or damaged any more than it has.There are some very good people that have served in the past on the Board of Directors and there are some good people presently serving, however, the situation has developed to a ‘vote of no confidence’ and to save the Library I feel that the present board should step aside.It is my understanding there will be a meeting tomorrow and I would like to invite anyone that is interested in the preservation of the English Library to attend the meeting.Leroy Osmon
–WebPage: www.leroyosmon.comDr. Leroy Osmon, DMABegin forwarded message:From: Leroy OsmonDate: December 30, 2011 5:05:00 PM CSTFrom Osrom:Subject: MELL problemsIt seems that the MELL (English Library) is in a big mess these days. In fact when I moved back a year ago the library was in such a mess that we simply did not even trust donating books any longer! We saw the newly appointed Liberian as a step in the right direction. At this point I do not care who is right or who is wrong – I would like to see the board resign and a new board be established. After the theft of money and the way it was dealt with I see no way there can ever be any confidence in the present board. I am sorry to say this because there are some friends of mine presently serving on the board, however, what is best for the library is my concern because it is an absolute treasure in Merida and I do not wish to see it suffer any longer.As for the Merida English Library…. Cay and I will no longer support MELL to any degree and withdraw our monthly ad and our membership! When there is a new board in place and legal action has been taken to regain the money stolen (all of the money) we will consider supporting MELL once again.Dr. Leroy OsmonLetter from RogerSome of you may have already heard about the irregular,unlawful and shameful things happening at theMerida English Library under the inept leadership of the current board and this letter from the most recent Library Administrator ( who was today unjustly fired ) by the current board pretty much says it all. I would ask all of you to not patronize the library until a new board is in place. All the current volunteers have chosen to no longer donate their time operating the library or support such extra activities as the chili cook-off until the existing board is either replaced or resigns. If you read the letter carefully you will have pretty much the entire story.