The LCRC Debacle – Straight From The Chairman Himself

By Loudoun Insider

Greg Stone has a short introduction to a great piece by Glen Caroline at NovaTownHall.  Glen sets the record straight and delivers a bit of an ass-whooping to Mark Sell.  The fact that these two work together and see each other often makes it even more perplexing why Sell would have been sucked in to such a mess.  Well, I guess I know why, but it would have been nice to have avoided this mess in the first place.


UPDATE:  Ric James has a very insightful analysis of this situation at Hooda Thunk.


  • Tom Seeman says:

    Indeed, LI, there was no need for what happened. And it ruined the very nice start to our meeting. Glen gave an excellent speech, which was interrupted numerous times for applause. Then he and I did the awards ceremony, in which we recognized the volunteers who stood out the most.
    As has been described elsewhere, Mark Sell was given the opportunity numerous times to come to us with any problems that he had with the proposed changes to the bylaws so that we could resolve them amicably before the meeting. I was a witness to two such offers; the first on Dec 7 at Greg Stone’s office, and the second on Jan 12 at Rust Library. Both times Mark was asked if he or anyone he knew had any questions or problems with the bylaws. Kristen Kalina even specifically asked him to ask around his circle of friends to see if they had problems.
    But at no time did Mark come to any of us with concerns.
    What’s interesting is that although Mark Sell made the motion to go through the revisions article by article, Suzanne Volpe did most of the talking. This is telling, and speaks volumes about what a Mark Sell chairmanship would be about. Bottom line – what you saw Tuesday was Mark Sell’s future executive committee.
    Bottom line – Mark Sell, Suzanne Volpe, and Dimitri Kesari were grandstanding. Most people at the meeting saw this for what is was.

  • Tom Seeman says:

    As a side note, is it just me, but I don’t get a scroll bar in the comments window if I leave more than the comment window will hold, so that text that youtype below the window is unseen? Also, there’s no separation between paragraphs unless you add a symbol.

  • Tom, it’s done that since the “tweeter” incident. You have to get used to it.

  • Lovettsville Lady says:

    Perhaps they don’t want us to fill more than this window? That’s my best guess. I am no fan of this format.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Don’t ask me!

  • Holly Norris says:

    I was at the meeting. I do not know any of them. I felt that Mark Sell only wanted questions of others addressed. He didn’t specifically have any questions. The meeting was crazy. Yes, it seemed obvious that Mrs. Volpe had a good understanding of the changes. However, being a new member I am glad she pointed them out, so I had a better understanding before I voted. I understand that it was a long drawn out process, but why were changes made at the last moment. To date, I have received three different documents requiring a voting process where the documents were incorrect because of changes or typos. It would have been better just to say at the beginning of the meeting please no questions, just vote.
    I keep hearing about an initiative to increase membership. I invited two of my coworkers (republicans) to attend the meeting to consider joining. They left that meeting feeling they didn’t want to be a part of the same old republican politics. People want to feel heard. They want representatives who come from their local communities that are invested in the outcomes and who have served their community.
    You spoke to me last night about sales people. In difficult economical times, people don’t purchase from sharp organized sale persons that move from company to company. Instead they invest and buy from the people that live amongst them, who they know and trust. Someone they can hold accountable when the purchased item breaks.
    This is just my opinion. I have spoken to you on a couple of occasions and I completely respect you. I look forward to working with you. I just feel that posted attacks on party members (true or false) pushes good people away.
    Thank you.

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