Illegal Hindu Mandir Board Trustees Continue with their Contemptible Deliberations
It is with inordinate disappointment this publication is reporting the local community is disappointed by the actions of the illegal Hindu Mandir Board of Trustees to continue with their contemptuous behavior by ignoring the Mandir’s by-laws.
First, why the entire Board of Trustees is deemed illegal?
As per the current by-laws section III.2 (a) – Trustees – Annual dues shall be in the amount of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00). Method of payment is negotiable and at the discretion of the Membership Committee.
This publication has learned that almost all the Trustees are in default and some haven’t paid their annual dues for over a decade.
Section III.5 clearly states that any member who continues to be delinquent for sixty (60) days or more, shall, without any further action by the Board of Trustees or without notification, forfeit his/her membership.
The above by-laws are still in place and apply to every member including Trustees. Technically and legally as well, the Mandir doesn’t have a Board of Trustees as the Trustees haven’t paid their annual dues. The “former Trustees” have no legal authority to hold any meetings and/or make decisions related to Hindu Mandir operations.
For the past one year, the former Executive Committee (EC) members have been pursuing to bring in the new leadership to manage Mandir’s ongoing operating affairs. Many dedicated members of the EC called community volunteers and leaders to self-nominate for the new EC. Eventually, some community members relented and self-nominated for the vacant positions.
The illegal Board of Trustees, a group of plutocrats, decided to interview the candidates where more than one individual was vying for the same position. As per the informed sources, three individuals were contending for the President position, two for the Treasurer, and two for the Vice-President position. All these individuals self-nominated themselves before the deadline and were asked to submit an essay on why he/she should be selected for the position they were applying for, followed by an interview by the illegal Board Trustees.
The illegal meeting was held on Sunday, June 6th, 2021. However, before the meeting, the two individuals vying for the Treasurer position were informed of the third candidate. The third candidate, a Physician and a Board Member did not apply before the deadline. His name wasn’t in the emails to the candidates outlining the selection process. The two candidates agreed to withdraw their application after the deadline to accommodate the Physician who did not apply before the deadline. The current EC failed in their fiduciary duty to go through proper procedures by re-advertising the Treasurer position and extending the deadline. This back-room manipulation was done only to please and accommodate a Physician with no professional financial background. The other two candidates for the position of Treasurer had over 50 years of combined diverse background in corporate accounting, budgeting, economics, and financial management. Moreover, it’s an insurmountable conflict of interest for a Board Member to serve on the Executive Committee.
The backroom deals among the former Trustees are despicable, illegal and, must be stopped by the Mandir plutocrats. The community is yearning for transparency, and accountability to bring back the glory days of Mandir to serve the spiritual and religious needs of the growing Hindu diaspora.
It has been over two weeks and still Mandir’s management has not officially announced the new incoming members of the Executive Committee.
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