Nov 30, 1919, 12:00 AM
Post #9 of 11
I find it very revealing that the person making these uncorroborated statements doesn't have the honesty to sign their statement.
Problems with rumor mongers
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Earlier this year Dr Hendrik Hoeck of Living Lakes visited Amigos del Lago President Aurora Michel and spent several days observing the area and discussing lake matters with her. Before leaving he reiterated the importance of Auroras's presence at the South African Conference. He said that four lakes had been invited to make presentations and that one would be selected for probationary membership (it turned out that all 4 were selected!)he further stated that in order for ADL to have legitimacy and to generate enough funds to operate an office that we would need a minimum of 2000 members and that from his experience 5000 would be better. Aurora's travel expenses to South Africa were covered by Living Lakes.
The rumors that surfaced at the conference were circulated by a group attempting a power grab. None of the charges were substantiated nor have they been to date. The officials at the conference were not taken in by this blatant mudslinging and at no time was Lake Chapalas selection in question. The officials asked for explanations and they were satisfied, since then they have been sent documentation refuting all the tabloid charges made in South Africa. Aurora has received letters from the Presidency of Global Nature Fund and Living Lakes congratulating her on the accomplishments to date and advising her not to be distracted by the rumors of malcontents, that "all organizations go through this and emerge stronger".
Living Lakes advised Aurora that now that Amigos del Lago was part of an international effort that we had to be very careful to follow all the bylaws of our organization and the parent organizations.
Upon Aurora's return to Ajijic she met with legal counsel and advisors to review the bylaws and actions that had been taken in the past year, a period in which she and the Board were under tremendous pressure to build membership, establish a working office and develop programs. During this period many things were accomplished, some of them not quite by the books, but done for the right reasons. The ADL attorney pointed out that Aurora and the Board, in their rush to get things going, had appointed new Board Members and Committee heads without going through the proper procedures. As a result none of these people could legally act in behalf of or represent ADL and that there were only four legal Board Members, the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, all the others were members only, no different than any other member of ADL. His advice was to advise these people of the fact, hold a meeting to reappoint, have the membership vote for approval (as required) and then carry on as before.
An information meeting was called, all of the former "Board" and Committee heads were informed of this. They were invited to attend a meeting set 6 or 7 days after that to discuss reorganization and reappointment of Committee Heads, which would be followed by a vote of approval by the general membership. Some of the group accepted the situation and continued to work for the Lake, others chose to resign for their own individual reasons (one of these people went so far as to erase the Amigos el Lago web page) . The bylaws "that no one has seen" referred to by our "mystery" writer is the notarized charter of the organization, as you can see from the above no one was "dismissed". This person casually throws around terms like "conflict of interest", put your money where your mouth is, lets see some documented proof of this statement!!<p>All is very well at Amigos del Lago, this past week a Technical Action Plan was developed in conjunction with the University of Guadalajara, details of the plan will be announced shortly. ADL has been invited to present 4 project proposals to the University of North Texas, if selected these proposals will receive funding from a $2.5 million grant.
Aurora has an ongoing dialogue with Victor Lichtinger, Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.
Aurora has been invited by ILEC to make a presentation at their next conference. Many things are being developed for the good of the Lake, this work is being carried ahead by the people who really do care for the Lake.
I think everyone should remember that for ten years Aurora and a small group of people have carried on this work and it is a result of their efforts that got us invited to South Africa, the "new" group was very helpful preparing for the presentation in South Africa but they had nothing to do with getting us there! It was Auroras words and her sincerity which got Amigos del Lago invited to Japan and Canada and what she said at those conferences is what eventually got us invited to and selected by Living Lakes in South Africa.<p>