A change needs to take place at Ralph Bunche Cooperative (RBC), and that change definitely includes Kirkpatrick Management Company (KMC) and their staff. KMC is not aware of the needs of the members of RBC, and KMC as a whole does not fit the demographic of RBC. If a positive change is ever going to take place at RBC, it has to start with the RBC Board of Directors (BOD). Currently, the lineup includes Carolyn Lee, Sharon Bolden, Debra Dotson, Kevin Kanoyton, and Joanne Nicholson. Due to the myriad of issues facing the property including staff turnover, lack of supervision as it pertains to maintenance, gross misuse of funds and property belonging to the Cooperative, no communication and/or follow-up with requests made by members, high vacancies, the refusal of management and the Board’s to supply members with accurate and up-to-date financial information just to name a few, it appears that change needs to take place immediately.
When considering a change with regard to the Board, you should ask yourself, what has the current Board done for Ralph Bunche Cooperative lately?
Better yet, ask yourself what has the current Board done for Ralph Bunche Cooperative at all?
Besides spearheading a witch hunt against Otis Jenkins and Dorothy Johnson, hiring a management company that doesn't fit the demographic of RBC, giving you a worse maintenance team than you've had your enitre membership--you can't think of much can you? You should also consider, ARTICLE V
, Section 5 of your RBC By-laws. According to the by-laws:
“At any regular or special meeting duly called, any Director elected by the members may be removed with or without causes by the affirmative vote of the majority of the entire regular membership of record and a successor may then and there be elected to fill the vacancy thus created. Any Director whose removal has been proposed by the members shall be given an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. The term of any Director who becomes more than 30 days delinquent and the remaining Directors shall appoint his successor as provided in Section 4…”
Basically, as members of RBC, you have a right and somewhat of a duty to remove any member of the Board that has failed the membership. You also have a right and responsibility to remove any and all Board members who don’t make attendance at Board meetings a priority. As a member, you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up and say that you want a member of the Board removed. You unit is your financial investment; you should want to protect it. The rules and guidelines set forth by the Board and management are a contributing factor as to why your unit is so hard to unload.