If we quit now; all the hard work creating this center, goes to waste. We may never again have the chance to have a community center like many cities do. Just when it was starting to get a reputation as a center for community events, we find out that changes are being made with out consulting the community.
I believe the community ought to have a say in this, the board meetings opened, and finances shared with a community forum. Call a town meeting at the center of all interested parties.
Contact all heads of our different organizations to get their people out to this town forum. Let’s here what everyone has to say about this. I resent that the community has not been consulted.
Many of us have been supporters of this center since the beginning. The center was and is a place for organizations to meet and events to be held. We will be hard pressed to find a suitable location to combine these different pieces that now form a whole.The Thrift, gallery, meeting space, bingo, event hall; all are a part of a whole.The lack of cohesiveness of these different parts in the future will leave a void in the community.
If all the foundation cares about is money, and the board does not see the value in keeping this center as a viable option, then perhaps we need to rethink the board.
If the community is not given a chance to respond before selling the building, in one of the worst times to sell a commercial building I might ad; then the board does not represent the community.
We have a voice, allow it to be heard.
A long supporter of the Gay Community Center of Richmond.