Revisionism at work!

It was clearly stated in our regular club meeting of September 14, 2015 for everyone in attendance to hear that there would be a hearing with the officers of the club AND the right to appeal to the membership after that.  The attempt to have my membership reinstated at the Sept. 14 meeting did not fail (as suggested in the attached letter signed only by Mr. Wood) it was not allowed by the rogue board until after this hearing, just like many other motions  from the floor were not allowed that evening, just like motions by Albert Cuevas, Larry Jackson, Roger French and others.  The members in attendance and I agreed to wait for the hearing.  Please do not attempt to re-write history! 

The decision of the 5 (five ) remaining officers of club SHALL NOT BE FINAL  if they do not re-instated my membership, of that you can be guaranteed.  If the officers do  reinstate my membership, then indeed, their decision on that matter will be final. Five remaining club officers attempt to re-write history!

If anyone in attendance at our club meeting of Sept. 14 would like to write a statement or letter attesting that in our meeting of Sept 14 it was clearly stated I would have a right to appeal to the Organization AFTER the hearing, I would greatly appreciate it. You can email  to me

 Thank you.

Former Club Vice-President Speaks Out

From: vincent lovuolo
Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2015 11:50 PM
To: Ed Arzouian
Subject: Re: I’d like to thank Greg Stewart

To all Canawacta Rod and Gun club members,

If you were present at the special meeting held on Aug.30, 2015 you witnessed the biggest dog and pony show I have seen in quite a while. For the life of me I can’t figure out who was the dog and who was the pony! I am appalled that a handful of club members can totally disregard our clubs bylaws . I was at this special meeting and what I saw was a one-sided attempt to railroad two dedicated members who do more for this club than most of us! As for the charges against Ed and Ace they can be proven to be unjustified. The article that Mr. Stewart is posting about Ed is 14 years old (are you serious ) Mr. Stewart says it is to prove his character, what about his? it is quite evident that he has a personal vendetta toward Ed and Ace.

It is a fact or is it not that Mr. Stewart made a motion to send the grant money back now he says he called the NRA to get it back and they are holding the check for him and wants it back? What fools they must think we are ! Now I hear we are discussing the handicap accessible at the next monthly meeting. What makes the board think they deserve any credit at all for this grant. If it wasn’t for Mr. Ed Arzouian there would not be any grant to discuss sending back in the first place . Then they suggest that Ed or Ace have nothing to do with the project.

Maybe we should leave our personal feelings out of this and sit down like adults and figure out what is best for our club and if there is any left to use it on the pistol range. This dog and pony show has gone on long enough ! It is time we act like adults . This is just my opinion . Ed please feel free to forward this if you like .

Respectfully club member Vincent LoVuolo

Thank you, Vince, as per your wishes I have forwarded this email.

Support from Bradford County

John, who emailed me below with his support, is an experienced shooter who has participated in almost all the Rimfire Challenges and an NRA 3GE shoot we have held at Canawacta (he has won all our events has entered!) He has competed at clubs up and down the eastern US. We have learned a great deal from him and the other visiting competitors he has brought to our events. He comes to our club from Bradford County, PA.

From: John [mailto:jkt…@epix.net]
Sent: Monday, September 07, 2015 7:56 PM
To: Ed Arzouian
Subject: Re: Canawacta Gun Club in Turmoil

Hi Ed,

I am very sorry to hear about the situation that exists up at the Canawacta Rod and Gun Club. As you know I met you and “Ace” last year at one of your NSSF Rimfire matches. Since then I have attended most of the NSSF Rimfire matches and one of the NRA 3GE events. Both of these shooting sports events were designed to educate and encourage young shooters and new shooters through competition. Without events like these, where are our future shooters going to come from? Where will they learn the fundamentals of accurate shooting in a safely controlled atmosphere of friendly competition?

I know that “Ace” and you put a lot of your time and effort into these events. They are important to the shooters who participate and they are an important part of our culture. To lose these events in our area would be a shame.
I am not a Canawacta member but I think it would a huge mistake to oust the few members (like you and Ace) that actually work hard to make your club an inviting venue for the shooting sports. I sincerely hope common sense wins out and you and “Ace” continue to offer your services to the Canawacta Rod and Gun Club and to the local competitive shooting community. Please feel free to use my comments to assist you in your efforts. Thank you for all you have done. I look forward to shooting with you again real soon. John T.

Let’s hope the club can be salvaged

 

—–Original Message—–
From: tom….@stny.rr.com [mailto:tom…@stny.rr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 1:54 PM
To: Ed Arzouian
Subject: Re: CRAG members begin to speak out
 

Ed;

  Thank you for your email. I could have not stressed each point as well as you and you hit the nail right on the head. Those individuals did everything WRONG.  If this was all their true feelings then they should have brought it out in a monthly meeting and put it to t vote of the members at large. They did it this way because of fear of a back lash which I am sure will come anyway. From what I saw after the meeting Sunday there are a GREAT MANY member who are very upset and will want their voices heard.  I only hope that the club can be salvaged instead of going under. If the board remains as it is,  I’ll not renew my membership at the end of the year.  You may use my email to you any way you see fit. Thanks  

Tom C.

Addressing lies and false accusation…

Dear Fellow Canawacta Rod & Gun Members, 

As I explained last Sunday night at the illegally called and operated meeting, I will address our “Organization”, all of it, as per our bylaws, regarding the false claims and bogus accusations the usurpers on the Executive Board seeking to seize control of the club are using to unjustly terminate my club membership. I will not solely address the dictatorial executive board or Greg Stewart’s puppet, Vice-President Mike Flor.  Sunday night we all saw how they plan to act.  It obviously will not be a fair process or we would not be here at all in the first place.  I offer these explanations  as a courtesy to club members who deserve the truth because I do not recognize the legitimacy of the Executive Board and its end run around our bylaws.

As per our bylaws:

ARTICLE XI – RIGHTS OF SUSPENDED MEMBERS

 SECTION 1   “A member who has been suspended shall during the period of his/her suspension have none of the rights of members in Good Standing except as follows: 

The right to appeal his/her case to the Organization” 

Of the five so-called “charges leveled against me” (see attached file),  three of them are completely untrue, one is splitting hairs with regard to government acronyms and the last is speculation, revisionism and completely open to interpretation.  NONE MERIT THE LOSS OF CLUB MEMBERSHIP. I will address the easiest items first. Sorry if this is long, I don’t want to leave out details. 

5.  This trailer rental issue.  No proposal to rent the trailer was EVER presented to the general club membership.  I certainly did not propose anything.  I abided completely by the decision of the Finance Committee as stated to the members by Greg Stewart in our meeting of June or July.  I can’t recall the exact date because our Club Secretary never gives us hard copies of the club minutes, nor are they posted anywhere but I was ASKED by the Finance Committee for my opinion on how we could rent the trailer to a family that WANTED to rent it having already seen it “AS IS”.  The family had offered to fix the place up while they lived there.   I have been a residential rental agent overseeing at times as many as 80 residential rental units in Endicott, Johnson City and Binghamton.  I have written hundreds of leases in the last 10 years. I simply pointed out to the Finance Committee that if they worded the lease correctly the club could limit its liability.  That was my personal opinion to a closed committee.  I was asked for the opinion. I am not on the Finance Committee. They asked for my opinion and  I offered it and in return they want to penalize me for it!!!  All the rest about these sewer issues and everything else was speculation, some of it based on accounts of the place in question from the 1980s.  Bottom line, it didn’t matter anyway, because Greg Stewart said to the general club membership the Finance Committee was opposed to the rental and it was not rented.  End of story. Next time the Finance Committee need not ask my opinion and we won’t have a problem. 

4.  I supposedly coerced Treasurer Al Kohler to make a stop payment on the check they sent back to the NRA the day after our last club meeting?  I did nothing of the sort. I called Al Kohler two or three days after our August 10 meeting to ask if he would stop the payment on the check to NRA.  He said no.  I asked him if he realized the grant money could have been use on the pistol pit.  He said “no”, he didn’t know that.  I asked why he voted to send the money back then?  He asked why I didn’t tell him it could have been used in the pistol pit.  I told him Greg Stewart cut short debate, would not let me speak and demanded a vote (who knew people would be foolish enough to give away $5000?).   I then asked Al Kohler if I could call NRA and ask that NRA hold the check.  He said “yes”,  I could ask them to hold the check.   I did call and they are holding it.  Canawacta club has me to thank twice for having the $5000 still available for the ADA range project, once for getting the grant and twice for rescuing the check from the foolishiness of Greg Stewart, Mike Flor  and Al Kohler who voted to send it back to NRA.  Greg Stewart was acting Sunday night like it was him to thank for still having the grant money.  We have him to blame for sending it off in the first place!   We have Greg Stewart to blame for all this mess our club now finds itself in.  We still do not know how treasurer Al Kohler  mailed the check to NRA without Club President Ace Cuevas knowing about it since Ace (the Club President) is supposed to sign all checks, according to our bylaws.  Al Kohler will not answer the question.  Ace Cuevas was club president on August 11 or 12 when the check was mailed and he still is president now. 

3.  I allegedly falsely accused John Sholtiss of filing a complaint with DEP against our club.  If Sholtiss DID NOT call DEP, then why is the rogue Executive Committee claiming in their first charge against me  (see below) that we could have faced a DEP fine?  How would they know if DEP was never called?  You can’t have it both ways.  All I did was repeat what I was told by Greg Stewart and Ray Creeden who sat at the same table with me at our August 10 meeting.  Greg Stewart and Ray Creeden said, “ Sholtiss had contacted DEP”.  Apparently our statements  were inaccurate, instead of my saying “John Sholtiss filed a complaint with DEP”  I should have said/written, “ John Sholtiss contacted a department of environment (not sure which) about his concern with what he thought was our wetlands”.   I still do not know and I don’t think the club knows, who exactly John Sholtiss contacted and when, all we know is that somebody from some agency overseeing the environment in some capacity visited our club on Oak Hill on August 11 at John Sholtiss’ request, suggestion, wish , etc…  If Mr. Shotliss wants to provide more information about who he contacted, spoke with, wrote or whatever form he somehow communicated with them, I’ll correct my statement to reflect that.  

2.   Allegedly I contacted fellow club members via email supposedly posting “personal information about club members for all the world to see”.  What I actually did was email my fellow club members with the very same list in the very same format Mike Flor had emailed them with all through  December 2013 to December 2014 when Mike Flor was the club Communications Secretary.  Mike Flor circulated the club’s email list many, many times, long before I did.  All I did was hit “reply”.  

If you save your email look at the following dates and times:

11/10/14 2:46pm  From: Canawacta Rod & Gun Club [mailto:canawacta@gmail.com] Sent: Monday, November 10, 2014 2:46 PM  To: …..

10/12/14 9:12pm

9/8/14 5:38pm

8/31/14 8:18pm

8/19/14 7:50pm

8/18/14 9:01pm

5/5/14 10:17am

9/21/14 9:00pm 

All of the emails dated above, only a small sampling of all I have and probably you have, were sent by the Canawacta Rod & Gun Club Gmail account while Mike Flor was Communication Secretary.  So I got the list from Mr. Flor as everybody did.  Bring him up on charges and then bring me…. 

As for disclosing any financial information, the only information disclosed was about a grant by a public foundation given to promote the NRA and be publicized. Canawacta Rod & Gun is NOT a secret society.  We are a not-for-profit community entity as such we are obliged to disclose many  things.  The purpose of the grant is promote the sport via good promotional activities which, by definition, are public information. 

Furthermore, “all the world” didn’t see these emails, only fellow club members.  I have/had PERMISSION to post on our club Facebook page.  I am/was an EDITOR of the page along with Ace Cuevas and Mike Flor.  John Ord is the administrator of the page.  I maintain my First Amendment right to voice my opinion and contact my fellow club members. I have been posting to Facebook and emailing member of this club for three years for all kinds of various reasons.    I do not see anywhere in the bylaws where it says I cannot contact fellow member or what I am allowed to say or not say. Many club members wrote back to me to thank me for providing them with information.  I will not give up their names so they will not be attacked as I am being attacked by the rogue board attempting to seize control of the club. 

Let’s face it, the only information the rogue Executive Board (Mike Flor, Al Kohler) and Greg Stewart were really concerned about was letting club members know how Stewart, Flor and Kohler returned $5000 of club money because they couldn’t figure out how to use it!  They look like fools. Club members work for months to sell raffle tickets.  It is in our bylaws that members must help with funding raising.  All the efforts yield about $500 (five hundred dollars) after months of time, effort and work, yet Stewart, Flor  & Kohler give away $5000 at the drop of a vote …and these guys want to run the club??? 

1.The ADA project.  I DID NOT DEFY club vote to table the project.  My understanding of July was that any new work, mainly the cement contract, was tabled or put on hold but NOT the work we had already approved for Chuck Boman, CB Excavating in JUNE 2015. The club had been advised of that work and it had been approved.  In fact Ray Creeden had called me a couple days before our July meeting and he wanted to ADD $2000 to the amount (for a total of $10,000) allocated for the project to get it done.  I told him that was not necessary we could do it for less.  Mr. Creeden still proposed this additional $2000 at our July meeting.  So the project was still a “go” in his mind as well at that point.  The next month in August Mr. Creeden voted to return the $5000. Does that make any sense? He didn’t know where else it could be used. 

There was no misappropriation of funds from the NRA as Mr. Stewart would like to claim.  The club had approved an additional $3000 for the drainage project at the time.  I’ll say it again, the drainage for the project and its approval voted upon by the club were not my idea. The drainage and excavation for pouring cement had all been combined by CB Excavation and all of it was still UNDER the $5000.  Some drainage or a culvert will have to go under any path to the 50 yard range as there is ALREADY a drain running through it!!!  Nobody has any idea what the DEP may or not have said since, as the charges against me state themselves, the DEP never visited our site, John Sholtiss never called them, remember?   With regard to the DEP I would say had they found the time or made the effort to complain about or fine the work of a small not-for-profit trying to add Access for Disabled Americans (ADA) to our ranges when they are telling the world they lack the resources to monitor and manage the multi-billion dollar oil and fracking companies that are tearing apart the landscape all around us, the DEP would have faced public outrage.  

So to sum up, of the five so-called “charges leveled against me”  three of them are completely untrue, one is the splitting of hairs with regard to government acronyms and the last is speculation, revisionism and completely open to interpretation.  For these bogus charges the high jacked Executive Board seeks to revoke my membership.  If they can trump up these charges and do this to me, they can do it to anyone. 

In closing I would point out, when I got to the club about five years ago it didn’t own a single steel target.  It held no shooting competitions.  The trap houses didn’t work.  The pistol pit was overgrown with trees and thorn bushes, its targets were rotten, broken 2X4s with shredded plastic.  The club now has about 20 Evil Roy targets worth about $4500, which Ace Cuevas and I got for the club at no cost.  We hold regular .22 Rimfire Challenge and Three Gun  shoots (all of which I have organized with Ace Cuevas and attended every single one) that bring participants from two states and generate cash for the club (about $1000 this year so far).  I cleaned up the pistol pit with my own chainsaw, tree pruners, weed whacker and bare hands.  I built five steel and rubber targets that will last for years and added two IPSC  steel silhouettes. (I’ve taken my things back for now until my membership is returned).  Through my efforts the club has six new Airsoft firearms and supplies for competitions for free. Thanks to my efforts, twice, the club still has $5000 to make ADA Improvements to our ranges if they so desire.  As for somebody else finishing the project, as Greg Stewart claimed Sunday night,  I would  like nothing more.  I NEVER WANTED TO HANDLE THE PROJECT IN THE FIRST PLACE.  I was asked to get the grant.  I got the grant.  As is far too often the case NOBODY other than Ace Cuevas wanted to step up and handle doing the project, but also as usual the obstructionists found ways to impede the project.   I had NOTHING to do with the drainage idea.  It was proposed by others and voted and approved by the club.  I abided by the club’s vote. 

So all this being said, I would ask my fellow club members to reinstate my Canawacta Rod & Gun membership. 

Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Ed Arzouian,

Lanesboro, PA

Member Canawacta Rod & Gun Steering and Range Committees, NRA, NRA Range Safety Officer, National Shooting Sports Foundation (Individual) 

c.c. by registered letter to Canawacta Rod & Gun

Canawacta Members Begin to Speak Out

From: Jennifer C.
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2015 7:46 AM
To: Ed Arzouian
Subject: Re: Addressing lies and false accusations

I have remained quiet in the entire matter since I’m not able to make many meetings. I made it a priority to get to Sunday’s “special” meeting and couldn’t believe I completely wasted my time. The whole meeting was totally ridiculous!! I came because I thought the MEMBERS were voting on the removal of Ed and Ace but apparently I came to see a few power hungry board members act like witness, judge AND jury! If the decisions of those few members stand my family will not be renewing membership at the end of the year and I would STRONGLY recommend ALL members really think it over too. What good is a CLUB when only a few are deciding for EVERYONE?? Personally I have NO problem telling the ENTIRE CLUB how I would have voted. I would have voted to keep Ed and Ace in the club and keep their positions and responsibilities within the club. Clearly they are 2 of only a VERY FEW members who actually do ANYTHING to help at the club. But instead the BOARD loses 3 good people…Ed,Ace,and George. I feel the BOARD should be ashamed by their childish behavior. Ed, feel free to forward MY opinionated email as you see fit “for all the world to see”.
Sincerely,
Jennifer C.