We adhered to the bylaws and notified members that our annual meeting was today.
Minneapolis, MN (Vocus) July 29, 2009
The Independent Business News Network (IBNN) blog (http://www.ibnn.org) reported today that the Minneapolis Urban League held their annual meeting on Monday, July 27, 2009. In attendance was IBNN's editor and chief Don Allen (a member of the MUL) who questioned MUL board chair and Northwest Airlines general council Cathy Wassberg on what was the process to alert MUL members about the meeting and if the MUL has sent out notices to members about the board meeting. Wassberg answered, "We adhered to the bylaws and notified members that our annual meeting was today."
- Year-to-date, the Minneapolis Urban League has not provided a list of the 24 board members or copies of bylaws to IBNN, according to IBNN.
What comes in to question is who was notified and why the Minneapolis Urban League did not send out any information about the process for the community to be actively involved in the board selection process, Wassberg said, "The procedure for nominating a potential board person was to submit a request in writing for review."
IBNN attests that information was distributed to select members of the MUL and not information to the community about the process of how to elect or submit for consideration a new MUL board candidate.
The procedures questioned by the Independent Business News Network about the Minneapolis Urban League have been validated in a story last week published in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, titled "Swirl of controversy envelops Minneapolis Urban League board" by Charles Hallman Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, originally posted 7/22/2009. Read it here: (http://www.spokesman-recorder.com/news/Article/Article.asp?NewsID=97914&sID=4&ItemSource=L).
In a quote from IBNN's editor in chief on IBNN, Allen says, "After attending the MUL annual meeting as a member of the MUL and watching the process become even more complex, I wonder will there ever be a chance to introduce solutions to the problems that have troubled the north Minneapolis social service agency?"
Allen has been a vocal critic of the Minneapolis Urban League but has also written favorable articles about the Minneapolis flagship social service agency in Twin City Business and ArticlesBase.com.