Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Dropping the Ball


Commission members fail to show for meeting

The Webster Parish Convention and Visitor's Bureau Commission must call an emergency meeting to complete Tuesday's agenda as several commissioners dropped the ball when they failed to show at the scheduled quarterly meeting.

"In the four years I have been on this commission, we have never had this issue," said WPCVC President Kerry Easley. "I apologize to everyone who came here and wasted their time. This is quite embarrassing."

To add to the embarrassment, Secretary of State Tom Schedler, State Representative Jean Doerge, Minden Mayor Bill Robertson, other elected officials, the Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Visitor's Bureau and many others were present to witness the flub.

The three commissioners that showed tried to stall for an hour as they attempted to reach the missing commissioners. Among those present were Martha Belton, Kerry Easley and Mary McKinney. Those not in attendance were Sam Black, Patoney Morrow, Jay Kumar and Lamar Smith.

During the hour, Doerge introduced Schedler, who was then given a key to the city by Robertson and Michael Fleur. Fleur is a German/American citizen who has been instrumental in Friends of Germantown for the Germantown Colony Museum.

After being presented the key, Pattie Odom, Director of Minden Main Street/Downtown Development gave Schedler a limited first edition medal made specifically for the first Fasching Festival, which was held last November.

Schedler, who is of German descent, attended the meeting in order to be a part of the presentation of a check for $15,000 to Friends of Germantown to put toward the building of a new visitor's center at the Germantown Colony Museum.

"I commend all of you for all you've done for this project," Schedler told those present. "This is a good day to be here to be able to finally get the next step in this great project under way, and I think it will be a tremendous advantage to the Webster Parish tourism commission here in Minden. So thank you very, very much on my behalf."

After Schedler presented the check, Stacey Brown of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau spoke about a new project for which she hopes to gain support.

Due to the lack of commissioners at the meeting, there was no vote on her proposal.

Lynn Dorsey wrapped the meeting with a recap of the projects the WPCVB has been working on the past four months.

"We will need to call a special meeting to approve the agenda items," Easley said. "We have a lot of business to take care of and it was unfortunate we weren't able to accomplish anything today."






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