Black History Proclamation and Bylaws ready for review
by BRUCE SEAMAN
Okay, I know. Bylaws are hardly exciting, and ours are no different. Still, we need them to provide order and organization for Bridges, as well as to satisfy the expectations of the IRS as we pursue 501 (c) charitable tax status. The Bylaws have been posted here. Click the link below to download a copy to review in advance of the meeting. The Bylaws will be presented to the group on Saturday for review and comments. Once the group has provided its input, the Board will vote on a final version.
Our meeting will be Saturday, February 4 at 10am at OPD’s Community Room, 402 S Pine Ave., Ocala. Rev. Leroy Chandler is our special speaker who has expert knowledge of black history.
We will also review versions of a Black History Month Proclamation. The idea of a Proclamation was advanced and text submitted jointly by Bridges Project and the new Liberation Ocala African American Council. The County Commission office has re-written it and wants to know if their re-write is acceptable. The group can discuss what to do on Saturday.
We had been disturbed by the April, 2016 County Commission Proclamation for Confederate History Month (see here, here and here), and realized that no one was submitting anything for Black History Month. We decided to make sure that a Proclamation was submitted to the County Commission for February, 2017.
If the groups agree to proceed as the County Commission has re-written it, then it would be presented at the Tuesday, February 21 County Commission meeting.
We’ll keep you posted ….