COMMUNITY THEATER Playhouse ticket holder demands board meeting



A Playhouse member says bylaws were violated at a meeting in July.
By GARRY CLARK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Youngstown Playhouse season ticket holder is telling the Playhouse board that it must schedule an annual meeting by 5 p.m. Tuesday or legal action may be taken.
A letter from Lynn Kirkwood of Boardman, a Playhouse season ticket holder, was to be delivered by courier today to The Playhouse and to board president Ida McLaughlin.
Kirkwood, who says she is representing more than 50 season ticket holders from 2003-04 season, is requesting a "legal annual meeting of season ticket holders be held as soon as possible." If she does not hear from the board by 5 p.m. Tuesday, further steps will be taken, "which could include legal action," she wrote in the letter.
The letter states that Playhouse bylaws were violated during a meeting July 19 because not enough season ticket holders attended.
Quorum needed
Bylaws call for at least 15 members to be in attendance to constitute a quorum. Kirkwood said today that five members attended that meeting in addition to the eight board members.
Season ticket holders automatically become members of the Playhouse.
Kirkwood, who attended the meeting, further says in the letter that members were denied an opportunity to speak at the meeting.
Cards sent
The Save Our Stage Committee sent cards last week to about 150 households that represent 280 season ticket holders asking them to sign and return the cards.
The cards "demand that the Playhouse board schedule and hold a legal annual meeting as soon as possible to conduct an open election for new members for the Playhouse Board of Directors."
In her letter, Kirkwood says that more than 50 season ticket holders from 2003-04 have signed and returned the cards, and more are expected in the next several days.
Kirkwood said today that at the meeting July 19, the board did not call for nominations from the membership for new or additional board members and did not call for any votes. Instead, the board went into executive session where officers were elected and Bentley Lenhoff's offer to return as executive director of the 80-year-old organization was declined.
McLaughlin said this morning that she had not seen the letter yet and therefore could not respond. She confirmed that Kirkwood is a member of the Playhouse.

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