On Tuesday evening April 9th the Board of Directors voted (2/3 super majority, as required) to remove Laurel Kaiser, Education Coordinator from the Board.
The Bylaws of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron (and State Statute 617) allow the Board of Directors to make such a decision when considered necessary for a variety of reasons. This was a difficult situation and not taken lightly by anyone involved. We value all of our volunteers and are acutely aware of the additional level of commitment required to fill a 2 year Board position.
No Board member thinks all decisions will be unanimous and differing opinions are part of any group decision making process. You can search our website for a recent history of Board motions, votes and outcomes. Very few are unanimous but they do require a majority vote to pass. And moving forward requires collaboration, cooperation and an understanding of the process by which change can be implemented.
There are also implied and specific responsibilities of any Board member which make them part of a team. We are first and foremost Board members, not private citizens, especially when engaging public officials regarding personal, business or financial matters pending before the Board on which we serve. To behave any other way suggests a conflict of interest and/or is exploiting the position of Board member for personal gain.
I have not made many motions since becoming Commodore in 2010 but I made the motion to dismiss our Education Coordinator which was seconded and passed after much discussion.
There is an old saying…”alone we go faster but together we go farther”. This is feeling relevant to me in this instance.
I’m available to discuss this Board decision with any member who may have questions.
David Jennings, Commodore
Sarasota Sailing Squadron