I was asked to post information regarding a Rally Day at the conference office that many commenters on this blog were organizing. As an advocate for change, I welcome the opportunity for contributors and bloggers to get involved. I will however, report that I was informed that the rally day scheduled this past Sunday was a failure. Those who said they would come out of obscurity and challenge this conference got cold feet and chose not to show up in fear. My question to constituents is…what more do you need? Please understand, it is not my desire to instigate or insight any type of disruptive behavior, rather for you to stand up and ask the difficult questions we seem to continue to overlook.
How will you respond when our conference falls so deep into financial ruin that we are absorbed by Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma conferences? Or to the degree that we must break apart to save ourselves and lose the campground that we have fought so hard to keep all these years? It is time for new and responsible leadership. Rumors are now circulating that a massive shift in pastoral movements occurred at this past executive committee meeting. This is more of your money going down the drain like the image below. I am posting the information below that was submitted to me anonymously and has been verified by several workers.
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This blog is not designed to be a scare tactic hub of communication, it is a place for refuge and information for disenfranchised members/workers who are giving blindly and not being informed. I recommend that constituents in their varied districts contact their pastors come together and demand the executive committee call a meeting. According to the bylaws posted on the above link this can be accomplished in your local business meetings to demand transparency from our conference leaders. Your children will have nothing if you keep letting them spend this way. Please review this information below and ask yourself…what more are they hiding from us?
Our president of this conference, Pastor Samuel Green, who claims stewardship to be the cornerstone of our spiritual committment as Adventists clearly does not apply these principles when it comes to the financial management of your tithe and contributions to Southwest Region Conference of SDA. Our money has been thrown into the garbage disposal of mismanagement to keep our camp ground afloat.
Here is an example:
Reasons for the egregious over-payment and substandard work are:
- Three bids for the management and the construction at Lone Star Camp were not offered for consideration and selection by the Building Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee as is Conference Policy.
- Neither blueprints nor working drawings were ever provided to the SWRC Building Committee this is problematic due to unknown plumbing and electrical layouts and plans:
- On numerous occasions members of the SWRC Executive Committee and SWRC
Building Committee requested that the Building Committee chair acquire blueprints as
required by SWRC Conference Policy for all building construction, especially of the
magnitude of $2,000,000.00 but none was ever produced by SWRC administration.
- The Building Committee Chair and other qualified individuals from the Building Committee were not used in the supervisory capacity to provide Southwest Region Conference oversight of the building project.
- The Schedule of Values (SOV) were not properly handled by Southwest Region Conference
According to the policy voted, all SOV’s submitted were to be paid after the work was
properly inspected by qualified individuals
- The SOV’s that were submitted were not verified with the actual work performed.
- The Building Committee, Finance Committee and the Executive Committee were not notified in real time that the construction costs had exceeded the budget voted by the Committees.
- The Executive Officials were aware of the cost overrun in December 2012 but did not reveal that information to the Executive Committee until July 2013 and only then when questioned.
- The Contract specified that 5 Cabins were to be built but only 4 were built which increased the overpayment by the cost of 1 cabin.
- No Senior Citizens Cabins were built as specified by the Contract which increased the overpayment.
- The work at the RV Park was not done as specified by the Contract which increased the
- Cabins ———$993,336.00—— 6,400 sf
- Welcome Ctr & Bathroom –$767,665.00——-3825 sf
- Cost $1,761,001 for 10,225 sf = $172.23 sf
Accountants and financial advisors we want to hear your comments. How can we continue to spend and continue to meet our obligations? Does this conference operate in the red or the black? Make it plain for us.
I welcome our conference leaders to submit a request for retraction to correct any misprinted information. You may post this request and evidence to support your request publically on this post. I highly doubt this will occur as they know this outrageous mismanagement is the reason that one of our commenters stated that the executive committee submitted a vote of no confidence in conference leaders.