By Edwin Crayton
At the January 8 meeting of the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation (NCIF), it was surprising to hear Chairman Leo Walker announce that longtime board member Sylvia Morrow has resigned from the foundation. Ms. Morrow’s resignation is a significant turning point for the group as she was a founding member and leading force in the organization. But on the other hand, Ms. Morrow who served as treasurer, also missed at least half of the quarterly meetings by my count and did not make written financial reports available in her absence, a standard practice with most treasurers. That approach is also odd and awkward because the NCIF manages over a million, eight hundred thousand dollars. At meetings I attended, Morrow verbally read the figures and the attendees would have to write them down.
But perhaps, most important of all, Ms. Morrow’s resignation creates a vacancy on the board which will be open to members of the general public. NCIF will be advertising the opening.