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The membership revocation letter with my rebuttals in red italicized text.

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November 16, 2015

Dear Richard,

We have reviewed all the activity from the past few weeks and we feel it is necessary to set some things straight.

You were invited to attend a special Executive Committee meeting to review your recent conduct towards members of the Executive. The choice of 8 different dates, between Sept 21st and Oct 2nd was given. (SZP: In the words of the past president simmons, B.S.!!! I wrote them I would be out of Canada on all of those dates.) You claimed ( SZP: the implication is that I am lying? I have posted my passport stamp to verify my being away as stated…what a ridiculous this to need doing…I am a professional, not a school kid who needs to bring a doctor’s certificate to confirm absence. ) to be unavailable for all of those dates, citing ‘Though I see little need for my attendance at such a meeting which likely has predetermined conclusions, I cannot attend any meeting before Oct. 2. “You had already declined previous informal attempts to meet and discuss these issues. (SZP: A meeting where not one single complainant would be present. Of course, I rejected such a meeting and it was only offered ONCE. The adult and professional thing to have done was to have a hearing of all persons involved. )

You were sent, in confidence, both a letter and copy of the minutes from the September meeting. These were sent privately and discreetly to your home. (SZP: What other way were you considering sending it? I have nothing to hide, so I am making it public. )

On October 1st, you publicly posted on your blog information regarding the content of this letter. ( SZP: And I have no regret in doing so; I am also posting this as you can see. Again, I have always acted in good faith, properly and professionally. )

Within the content of these documents, was an invitation to speak to any or all of the Executive Committee for clarification. (SZP: That is a ‘stretching of what can be believed, again. I was no longer an executive committee member. No executive approached me with such an offer. )

To our knowledge, you have not made a single attempt to personally address anyone on the Executive Team. ( SZP: My status as coordinator was revoked. Are you suggesting, that even though my status as an executive committee was REVOKED, that I should have attended the executive meeting and then been accused of intrusion and disruption of a meeting to which I had no right to attend. I would like to underline that none of your committee members have approached me to try a resolution. ) Instead, you decided to make this a public issue by creating sensationalized and misleading headlines in your blog, trying to involve the general membership in mudslinging, and making a scene at the General Meeting. It appears you chose to embarrass yourself. Any so called “damage to your reputation” was brought on by your own actions. ( SZP: Once again, the executive committee casts stones while claiming I am slinging mud. I am not embarrassed for trying to defend my name and reputation. I will continue to do so. )

You have spent the last month or more on a campaign to publicly tarnish and bring discredit to the Executive Committee. ( SZP: Get it straight…I have spent this time trying to clear my name against falsehoods and deceitful accusations. But if the executive committee feels I am trying to discredit it…if the shoe fits….) Rather than work with the team (SZP:  team? ), you chose to work against any amicable resolution. ( SZP: I never received a reasonable nor fair one but I offer you a fair one…a letter of apology from simmons will be acceptable to me as well as an offer of full restitution of my past positions.)

It has also been brought to our attention that you continue to use the Probus Membership list to contact members with unwelcome emails. (SZP: Another example of your bullying. I have repeatedly explained to the executive committee that my blog subscribers have been accumulated by my own work. Numerous times I have offered all subscribers opportunity to be removed from my blog subscription list if they so wished and I have followed up on this. Anyone who remains on it, has chosen to do so of their own accord and I will continue to communicate with them as personal subscribers to my blog emailing list. Stop trying to bully me from doing something that I have every right to do. I refuse to nag them with repeated removal messages as I respect what they have said in response to my numerous “house cleaning & maintenance” requests. You send out your own messages to the memberships demanding that the stop reading my blog. However, let’s stay focused. My conflict is NOT WITH THE MEMBERSHIP…it is with you, the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.)

This conduct is unacceptable and unbecoming to any member, let alone one that was serving the membership in an Executive role. (SZP: The conduct and actions undertaken by the executive committee are what are unacceptable and unbecoming. I have done nothing of which I am ashamed or nothing unprofessional or unethical in any way. As I have stated numerous times, all my work in the capacity of Social Activities Coordinator was done in good faith with the aim of benefitting the club. I stand by that still.)

Our By-Laws are quite clear – Ref. Bylaw #2 paragraph h.

Richard, you have brought discredit and discord to the membership through your disrespectful and disturbing actions. ( You have failed to explain even one. )To protect the membership from any further disruption, we are revoking your membership effective immediately. Further use of the Probus Membership list is not permissible.(SZP: Where is the bylaw to review the conduct and actions of the executive committee.  Probus Pickering Club is a public association in the community of which I am a member and as a citizen of Canada which still permits free speech, my opinions can be expressed publicly and freely.)

Melanie Hancock, President   ,

On behalf of the Management Committee, PROBUS Pickering

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