JANUARY 30, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 11
Business Guild Holds Elections Amidst Dispute
By Sheri Cohen Darbonne
Following an emotional debate over the
former president's eligibility to run for
the office again, members ofthe Greater
Montrose Business Guild elected a new
slate of officers and seven members to
the board of trustees on Wednesday,
The guild's new president is Frank
Turner of F.W. Turner and Associates
Insurance. Other elected officers are
Mike Reuter, vice president; Linda Reynolds, secretary; and Craig Litton,
Elected to serve two-year terms on the
board of trustees were Joe Porro, Bill
Yon, George Benedict, David King and
Teri Shaw. Board members elected to
one-year terms were Marjorie Kerr and
Norman Guttman. Bob Bagot and
Elroy Forbes, whose two-year terms
have not expired, remain on the board.
Phyllis Frye received four write-in
votes for president, despite the fact she
had been declared a non-member and
thus ineligible to run earlier in the meeting.
The slate recommended by the guild's
nominating committee ran unopposed
for the positions after the only other
nominee, Tom Graham, declined to
accept a board position. Graham said
that although he could not serve on the
board, he might be able to assist the
guild as a legal advisor. Acting president Bill Yon, who chaired the meeting,
said the offer could be discussed at a
later general meeting.
A motion introduced by Jim Murphy,
who said it was not clear whether or not
Frye was still a member of the guild, to
vote on her membership touched off a
somewhat tense discussion centering
on the organization's by-laws and tech
nicalities of parliamentary procedure.
At one point, "Robert's Rules of Order,"
the most widely accepted parliamentarian reference, was ruled not to apply
under the by-laws.
Murphy was informed by the chair
that the membership could not vote on
stated flatly that he had neither
received nor rejected such a letter.
Frye, who has claimed repeatedly
that she sent the letter to Bagot and
personally delivered a copy to Yon, told
the Montrose Voice Wednesday morning that she had received the letter back.
Newly elected Greater Montrose Business Guild officers are (I. to r.) Frank
Turner, president; Linda Reynolds, secretary; Craig Litton, treasurer; and
Mike Reuter, vice president
whether a member who resigned was
still a member, but could vote on
whether or not to accept the resignation.
Murphy amended his motion, moving
that the membership vote to refuse
Lou Vanech asked board chairman
Bob Bagot to respond to accusations by
Frye that he rejected a certified letter
mailed Jan. 20 wherein she rescinded
her resignation from the guild. Bagot
with a handwritten refusal on the envelope.
Frye resigned as president and
member of the guild Jan. 15, but claims
she verbally rescinded on Jan. 16 in a
telephone conversation with Yon. Yon
acknowledged that he asked Frye to
reconsider her resignation Jan. 16, but
did not indicate that she rescinded.
Bagot referred to the resignation and
a series of letters sent by Frye to guild
members and the press as
planned publicity stunt."
The first vote on refusal of the resignation resulted in 13 votes to refuse and
seven abstentions. A roll-call vote of all
valid voting members was called, resulting in 14 "yea" votes, with 11 members
Bagot reminded members that guild
by-laws required a two-thirds majority
vote to pass a motion. Brian Keever
then pointed out that members who
abstain are not considered to have voted
under Robert's Rules Order.
But Yon called for a reading of the
section of the by-laws pertaining to the
two-thirds majority. It was pointed out
that the organizational by-laws specified a majority "of members present" to
pass the motion, making no provision to
exclude those who abstain. Robert's
was ruled not to prevail, and the motion
was declared defeated.
In spite of the resignation dispute,
Frye, who did not attend the meeting,
was presented a certificate of appreciation honoring her for efforts and
accomplishments during her terms as
president. Frye's companion Trish, who
accepted the award, called it "an insult"
and "an attempt to coverup what has
The guild presently has about 120
member businesses and organizations.
Its stated function is to promote the
"Greater Montrose" area as a place to
live, work and do business.
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