The Society’s good name and reputation are under attack in two recent letters. One by Millis who stated she was “dismayed to see the headlines about ‘yelling and screaming’ at the March 24 meeting.” First, no yelling and screaming occurred and second, there were no headlines. The yelling and screaming happened in January and it was not by the Society but by the Eckstein group and their lawyers. It should be noted that the attorneys at that meeting were the Society’s lawyers until October 2017 when they abandoned the Society to represent Eckstein and company. The accusation that Roberts Rules of Order were missing is false. The meeting was conducted in an orderly fashion, was transparent and followed state law. The purpose of the meeting was not to nominate and elect new board members; it was in response to a demand presented in January to hold a special meeting to remove the board. At the March meeting, I called for a position statement from the Eckstein group but no one spoke. Jim Caffery, Shiloh Burke, and Sheila Anderson monitored the Society’s voting process. State law of Iowa indicated that our 2018 bylaws had passed. Unfortunately, the bylaws superseded state law causing difficulty in making any changes. The Society will need to vote again on bylaws in the future as the updated format is cleaner and easier to read and it follows current standards for non-profit organizations.


Regarding Eckstein’s letter, when I spoke to the County Supervisors about shortfalls in funding for the birthplace my quote was taken out of context. I was pointing out that in recent years no money had come from the MDEB Foundation since it wasn’t operational. All donations came to the Society; even the $4,100 Questers grant, and the Society did make repairs. Due to disruptive behavior at the January meeting, the board felt it necessary to have a security person present at the March meeting. Persons who choose to constantly damage and work against the best interests of the Society and who misrepresent facts are only hurting Boone.


Janet Tait


BCHS President


Boone