Saturday, February 02, 2013
This is absolutely insane, and the LAST thing I need!
I've been a board member on the co-op for almost a year. In that year, one board member has pretty much made sure we can't get rid of him - he used his own money to purchase equipment, so we are indebted to him for several thousand dollars, he took over as our store manager, and he has been keeping books for us. So basically...he made sure we need him!
I have gone through every avenue....I've talked to him about his behavior, and he threw a temper tantrum, calling himself a PITA and POS, and saying that if anyone complained he would take out a personal ad in the local paper to publicly apologize. Is it just me, or is this crazy?! I've talked to the board leadership, and they have done nothing except ask him to stop. And he hasn't. Now I'm scheduling a conference call with the association of cooperatives (state AND national). But I really think I'm fighting a lost cause.
So here's the rub. I can resign as a board member, going on record that harassment by this particular board member is the reason. I can stay on the board, but since EVERY POSSIBLE avenue has been explored, by staying on the board I'll have to continue to deal with these issues for the rest of my tenure.
I actually care about this organization, and I don't want to quit. But I feel like I don't really have any other avenues. After the last three emails, all arriving in the last hour, and the threatening voice mail he just left me, I'm actually SHAKING and feeling sick to my stomach.
What do I do?!