Monday, July 31, 2017
SIGNING IN: WHY SUDDENLY SO IMPORTANT?
It is commonplace for committees and clubs to ask meeting attendees to "sign in." Often the committee or club members sign in in one place and visitors in another. What is unusual about the Cornishes incident is the insistence of the Messenger Club president they sign in when they declined to do so. I've never heard of that happening before. What would be not at all out of the ordinary would be for an attendee not signing in to be simply overlooked. No one normally makes a big deal about a non-member failing to sign in. But in this case Mr. Grossman apparently did make a big deal out of it. Enough to insist the Cornishes be thrown out of the meeting (Okay, not literally thrown out, but TOLD TO LEAVE!)
I can't help but wonder from this if something fishy was going on. It will be denied, I am sure, but it would be only a small step from using an attendance sign-in sheet to gather signatures for a petition—and wouldn't you know, garnering enough signatures for a rash of petitions for the Advisory Committee to consider was just then very high on the Messenger Club agenda.
I doubt very much that the Cornishes went to the Messenger Club meeting in order to cause trouble as Neil Moore suggests in his July 30 Messenger Club blog post. On the contrary, I have found Frank & Barbara to be among the most open people in the Village. Furthermore, they have served this Village selflessly for many years. I expect they sincerely attended to listen to "the other side."