OKC Pride: To dissolve or not dissolve
By Robin Dorner
Editor in Chief
A meeting of the membership of the OKC Pride organization was held this evening, July 26, in Oklahoma City.
Brandon Odom, Interim President of OKC Pride, opened the meeting. He began with the structure laid out for the meeting.
“This is a tough matter, and there are a lot of questions, and many valid concerns and emotions,” said Odom.
Once a quorum was established, the meeting was called to order.
The agenda was reviewed. There was to be no mention of immediate OKC Pride past president or activities to pending investigation (see below for links to past stories on the OKC Pride).
“Dissolution is the only course of action we are here for today,” said Odom. “No other business will be considered at this meeting.
“Currently OKC pride is looking at IRS penalties.” He reviewed the penalties as seen here:
Business of the treasurer was discussed. Alison Scott was confirmed as current treasurer.
Matter of funds remaining were discussed and discussed. Donating them to the OKC Diversity Center vs. Other Options, Inc. vs. whichever non-profit takes over for OKC Pride and continues the Pride festival in OKC. It was decided the specific organization must be identified.
Finally, it was moved that the funds would be donated (if any) to an organization taking over Pride festivities and if that organization is not a non-profit on or before May 1, 2019, then funds will be given to Other Options, Inc.
By request, the amendment was repeated by Odom. There were many questions and comments. Tim Reece brought up Parliamentary rules, restating Roberts Rules of Order, of which he stated his experience with another organization. It was clear he knew the procedure and explained to attendees.
Finally, the decision was made to close the discussion. The question at hand was to vote whether or not to dissolve the organization or to table the vote when the current board obtains more information for members to be better informed before voting.
A full count of votes was required. The outcome was to 24 yea votes to table; 29 nays and two abstained from voting.
The final motion voted on was, in summary, the motion as an amended call for the dissolution of OKC Pride immediately. The funds would be donated (if any) to an organization taking over Pride festivities, and if that organization is not a non-profit on or before May 1, 2019, then funds will be given to Other Options, Inc. All current officers will be dismissed, and Alison Scott would be appointed as trustee.
The motion did not pass. The organization will not be dissolved, no changes in board status at this time.
After the meeting, Odom said, “I will have a full statement in the coming days.”
For a history of the need for this meeting, click these links:
OKC Pride in turmoil; shocking information revealed.
OKC Pride update: Report filed and more.
OKC Pride holds vital board meeting.
Copyright The Gayly 7/26/2018 @ 10:01 p.m. CST.