It's no secret that Mike & I don't see things the same way. But some of the actions taken by Mike while in office seem not to be public knowledge.
Did you know ? -
At the Board Meeting where Dennis Deveja was moved to
Assistant Director replacing Dave Millerick, ABC placed Dave Millerick into
the position of Dealer Liaison, Mike resigned
from the Board, got up & left the Board Meeting. Dennis also
resigned. ABC relented to Mike; Dave was dismissed from the Board
& Mike re-assumed the position of Director.
The 2 years Shelby organized & led the Tony Paco ride,
it was the highest attended day ride of the season. Despite Shelby
requesting an available date for the 3rd Tony Paco ride, it never got placed
on the calendar. Wonder why? Shelby was vocally critical of some
of Mike's actions at the Board Meetings. Could the lack of providing a
date for this ride have been retribution?
Mike bragged at a Board Meeting about how
he took a camp chair away from a Chapter Member on one of his Hobo Rides
& how, when the member tried to ask for his camp chair back, Mike
refused to give it to him & how it was funny to watch that Chapter
Member walk away in frustration.
I reported to Mike the inappropriate actions of a Board
Member pouring beer on a car in a hotel parking lot during a Chapter
overnight ride. That Board Member denied the action (maybe he was just
too drunk to remember?) & another Board Member that also witnessed the
event conveniently lost memory of the event in order not to be forced to
take sides. Mike's response? Call me a liar & try to get ABC to agree to dismiss me from my Board
position, but ABC stood firm & I stayed on the Board.
Mike removed Shelby as Chapter Webmaster without even
talking to him before the dismissal. Shelby had to find out he was
dismissed from me because Mike didn't have the nerve to do it face to
face. He'll tell you he attempted to contact Shelby numerous times by
multiple means, but that's still doesn't justify his actions.
At the Board Meeting prior to my resignation, Mike accused
me of stealing from the Chapter & running a conspiracy against the
Chapter in another "grand stand" play to assume total &
absolute power by forcing me off the Board. He tried to deliberately
humiliate me in front of the rest of the Board & an ABC
representative. Remember, ABC would not allow him to fire me, so his
only recourse was to harass me into voluntarily resigning. His
accusations were unfounded & unjustified. I refused to resign
& left the Board Meeting that night still a Board Member. A
representative from ABC was at that meeting & witnessed everything.
In the parking lot after that Board Meeting, the same Board Member that poured beer on the car in the hotel parking lot was waiting for me, leaning against the driver's door of my vehicle. His purpose seemed to me to be to confront & intimidate me. I didn't back down from him, so he backed off. But the incident did bring me cause for concern over the safety & well-being of myself and my family. The next day, I resigned.
These are only a few of the incidents that I can stand witness to watching Mike do during his tenure. With all this (and more as reported to me by other members that I've not listed here because I don't have first-hand knowledge), I certainly feel Mike got treated MORE THAN FAIRLY. His dismissal was done in private. He was given enough advance notice that he still held a Board Meeting after he was informed but before the effective date.
A raw deal would have been to blind side him by making a surprise announcement at a fully-attended Chapter Meeting. ABC could have done that, but they didn't. They felt a need to make changes to the operation of the Chapter based on numerous complaints from a multitude of members. They informed Mike of this & gave him several months to implement the required changes. Mike ignored these requests to implement change, placing ABC in a position where more direct action was required.
Mike's dismissal was handled in a professional manner. ABC did not publicly attack or demean Mike in any way. A raw deal? No way!