By Edwin Crayton
Although Sylvia Morrow has resigned as treasurer of the Natchitoches Community Foundation (NCIF), the simple truth is other board members of NCIF are still guilty of committing many of her habits themselves. For instance, Ms. Morrow didn’t give written financial reports and at the January 8, 2018 meeting where she sent in her letter of resignation, Secretary Mildred Joseph gave a verbal report of financial information instead of a written one, just as Morrow used to do. Additionally, Morrow missed half the quarterly meetings in 2017 and sure enough that night the board discussed the problem of board members not showing up for meetings. Chairman Leo Walker warned the group that too many absences would result in their removal.
To be sure, NCIF has made some positive changes since Judge Eric Harrington mandated they make changes. But sloppy handling of foundation business is still quite routine and threatens to create bigger problems for the public seeking grants and scholarships. For instance, at the January meeting, the board admitted losing the paperwork of an applicant who was seeking a grant. To make matters even thornier, the applicant was actually present at the meeting and watched as the board struggled and debated amongst themselves awkwardly and uncomfortably about how to handle the situation. And God knows, they must handle it, when you consider the implications. Imagine sending in an application for a grant or scholarship and not knowing whether you were rejected because you didn’t qualify, or perhaps, it was just because they lost your paperwork.