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President’s Message March / April 2021
Greeting to my fellow W.P.C. members,
I hope that all is well with you and yours
and that you have not been sidelined with the dreaded COVID19. I wish you
all good luck with scheduling and receiving your vaccines.
Plans for the 2021 W.P.C. National Meet have
not been finalized as of today, Michigan’s Govenor,
projects things on a 30 day schedule. I expect some answers from the
Marriott in the coming week
The time for revelation has arrived for the
story of the near financial ruin of the W.P.C. Club, Inc.
If you recall, back in 2019, your Board of
Directors recovered the Club checkbook from the desk of your previous
president. This recovery led to the investigation of the club bank records
back to 2014.
The monthly bank statements, along with the
W.P.C. Club checkbook revealed that our former president, acting treasurer,
National Meet chairperson and magazine editor, along with his two
unofficially adopted sons, Kevin and George, made numerous and generous
withdrawals from our bank account, via stolen checks, illegal cash
withdrawals to cover credit card payments, utility bills, computer upkeep
and postage without the approval or consent of your Board of Directors.
This nefarious activity was conducted with the consent and approval of the
previous president and amounted to over $130,000.
I have spoken to several of our members who
were named and nominated as Treasurers, who all told the same story, they,
as Treasurers NEVER, had possession of the club checkbook. This practice
went back to the very beginning of the W.P.C. Club, Inc..
Board members were only privy to what the leader wanted them to know about
their financial condition.
There must have been months when you
wondered “When am I going to receive my magazine?” The truth is, the funds
were disappearing and the president was stalling the printing to accumulate
more money. As an example, the Jan/Feb 2019 issue was printed and sat at
the printer’s office because they were paid with a Non-Sufficient Funds
check which bounced. That issue was mailed out sometime in the fall of
2019, after the new Board of Directors took control of the funds and the
checkbook delivered to the Treasurer, Wayne Simonson. A new account was
opened at a new bank, removing all references to the past president.
A formal complaint was filed with the
Kalamazoo Sheriff’s Department, who conducted a brief investigation. I was
informed that any effort to continue with this matter would require a
Forensic Audit, in the price range of $20,000. Our club could not afford to
commit to that audit.
I visited the local office of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation and was informed by the resident agent that
$130,000 did not meet the criteria for a Federal investigation.
So, there you have it in a nutshell, a story
that you read about in local papers many times.
The trust, admiration and respect that we
held for our past president was shattered in a day. I have spoken to him a
couple of times, when he answers his phone and he has repeatedly said that
he will pay back the money, when his personal funds are reopened. I am not
buying any bridges.
I apologize for any inconvenience that this
horrible disruption has caused to you. I commit the remaining time that I
have, as your President and that of your Board of Directors to protecting
your assets and restoring your trust.
2021 National Meet
The W.P.C. National Meet will continue as
scheduled on August 4th thru the 8th, 2021 at the Auburn Hills Marriott.
Please make your reservations by calling 248-253-9800, please ask for the
W.P.C. Club rate. Board Member Kevin McCabe will be the Chairman and all
Board members are requested to participate. There will be a Board of
Directors meeting and a general membership meeting scheduled during this
Join us in Auburn Hills, reacquainting with
old friends and meeting new members. I am looking forward to seeing you in
· Vice President- Bill Adams
· Secretary- Barbara Weiser
· Treasurer- Wayne Simonson
· Board member- Ken Angyal
· Board member- Don Piscitelli
· Board member- Kevin McCabe
· Board member- Terry Williams
· Board member- Joe Bemer
· Web site- Ian Smale
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