“Investors Gain More Clout Over Boards” by Joann S. Lublin

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Ms. Lublin writes: “American businesses increasingly are bowing to investors’ demands for greater boardroom clout, with dozens of companies revising their bylaws in recent weeks ahead of this year’s annual meetings. Proxy access…gives shareholders more power to oust directors and influence corporate strategy.”

The Westhampton Free Library Board of Trustees is not interested in revising the library’s bylaws to allow for taxpayers to have a say in the library’s governance.  They have stated that moving to an elected board is a low priority and they have many more important things to work on at this time.

Though you pay taxes to the Westhampton Free Library, you are not a member of the club.  At other association libraries with elected boards, every cardholder in the voting district in good standing age 18 and over is a “member” of the association and is eligible to vote on the budget and the governance of their community library. According the Bylaws of the WHF Library:

“Article 2:  Members

Section 1:  Any person may be elected a member of the corporation upon receiving a majority vote of the Trustees present at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the corporation.

Section 2:  Every member shall be entitled to one vote on all matters affecting the corporation.

Section 3: An annual meeting of the members of the corporation shall be held at the Library or at an appropriate location designated by them, each July for the purpose of electing trustees of the corporation.”

Please ask your trustees–Tom Moore, Sue Rosenberg, Jennifer Mendelson, and Barbara Matros–why they should continue to be the only “members” of the Westhampton Free Library.  Ask them why they do not want the taxpayers who fund the library’s operations to also be members of the corporation and be able to vote for who they would like to elect to the Board of Trustees.

The email for the Westhampton Free Library Board of Trustees is board@westhamptonlibrary.org.

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