By Edwin Crayton
The Tuesday April 11 meeting of the Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation was scheduled for 7pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center. But according to my watch, as late as 7:30 pm, only about a half dozen or so of the 15 board members were present. Shortly afterwards members trickled in and one was contacted to participate by phone. Still, Chairman Leo Walker announced that although it appeared they had the 10 board members needed to make a quorum, because of the late arrivals, there was not enough time to handle business. So he asked that they cancel the meeting and the board voted to do so.
The group has struggled with the issue of board members not showing up for meetings. In fact recently, Chairman Walker drew attention to the issue of members missing meetings and warned board members that they would be removed for repeated absences. The meeting has been rescheduled for May, although NCIF meets at 7pm on the second Tuesday, at this point day, time and location are pending but should be announced in the Natchitoches Times possibly by the end of April or around that time. The meeting is open to the public. NCIF manages 1.8 million in public funds which are supposed to be distributed to Natchitoches citizens through the giving of grants and scholarships in the areas of housing, education, recreation and economic development.
“Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more.” –Luke 12:48
The Natchitoches Community Improvement Foundation Board members are : Leo Walker Jr., Oswald Taylor, Kelvin Porter, Brenda Milner, Ed Ward Jr., Gwen Hardison, Mildred Joseph, Shaniqua Hoover, Billye Sue Johnson, Gwendolyn Williams, Catherine Hoover, Diane Blake Jones, James Below Jr., and Estelle Braxton