When I joined the Missoula Senior Center in January 1995, there was a sign on the upper north side of the building on South Higgins that read "Inc."
That addition seems to mean that the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, Inc. is a legal entity and that a legal process must be gone through in order for it to become another entity.
One of the essential advantages of being a member of an organization such as a senior center is that the members have first choice of the use of the building as to time and place. What Randal Wolfe has done is to breach that priority.
Sometime after that breach, Wolfe sent each member of the Missoula Senior Citizens Center, Inc. a letter justifying his actions. However, his salutation did not read, "Dear Missoula Senior Citizens Center member," it read, "Dear community member." Again he breached a priority.
Evelyn King, in the opening of her June 22 column, said that those who insist upon their priority are selfish. She is wrong, as are those who agree with her. Many of MSCC's activities are open to the public. Even the card games, one of which was disrupted.
My understanding of the bylaws is that a member charged with misconduct is given a hearing before the bylaws committee. Should the member be found guilty, that finding and the bylaws committee's recommendation are forwarded to the governing board. The board then determines what action to take. If that was not the process by which three members were evicted, then the protection of due process has been breached.
It is my thought that the president is not the crony of the director, but, since the president represents the membership, a buffer standing protectively between the membership and the director, if need be. "Oh, reason not the need."
Jack Fleming, Missoula