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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 time.

Join us in Auburn Hills, reacquainting with old friends and meeting new members. I am looking forward to seeing you in August.

Pat

 

 

 ·        President- Patrick Opipari

·        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

·        WPC News Editor- Frank Pascoe

 

 

 




 

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