August 7, 2017


Fallout from the American Racing Pigeon Union (AU) 2016 National Convention continues.  Over the weekend, Ronald Whitmore a member of the AU Accountability Facebook Group, is asking AU members to recall AU President Tom Coletti, Executive Vice-President Jay Holder (currently running for AU President), and Vice-President Ron Pairan for gross negligence and malfeasance for not adhering to organizational By-Laws leading up to and through the conclusion of the 2016 AU National Convention.

AU By-Laws do provide a process to recall a director, although in the 107 years of the organization it has never been tried.  See below or click here to read the governing By-Laws.  The petition, also found below, asks all members of the AU to read, disseminate, and sign the petition at their next earliest meeting.

None of the officers facing recall responded to requests for comment.  The Loft Report will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.

7.03 Recall. Any officer or Director may be recalled and removed from office by action of the members of the Union. In the event a petition requesting an election for the purpose of recalling an officer, signed by at least fifteen percent (15%) of Union members, or in the event a petition requesting an election for the purpose of recalling a Director, signed by at least fifteen percent (15%) of the members who reside in the Director’s zone, is presented to the Executive Director, and certified to contain the requisite number of signatures of members, the Executive Director shall notify each member of the Board of Directors of the necessity for conducting a recall election, and the Board of Directors shall schedule such an election and notify the membership of that election. The election shall be held not later than ninety (90) days after certification of the petition, and all provisions relating to elections shall be applicable. The sole issue on the ballot regarding the subject of recall of an officer or Director shall be “Whether (the identified Officer or Director) should be removed from his office with the American Racing Pigeon Union, Inc.”

7.04 Eligibility for Re-election. Any Officer or Director who has been removed because of incapacity may subsequently seek reelection to office in the Union; provided, that there shall be provided to the Executive Director an affidavit stating that the reason(s) for that earlier inability to act as an Officer or Director no longer exist and the Executive Director shall determine if that candidate is fully competent and capable of serving. An Officer or Director who has been removed for cause by action of the Board of Directors may be a candidate for election to a Union office only if the petition filed, as required by Section 5.02 of these Bylaws, contains not less than 500 signatures. An Officer or Director removed from office as a result of a recall election of the membership shall never again be eligible to serve in any office or official position of the Union.



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  1. Ron Whitmer on August 8, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for getting this up for everyone.

  2. Ron Whitmer on August 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to say keep up the good work as we move towards getting the required number of signatures to force a recall vote. As I have said before on another forum it would be in the best interest of the AU as a whole for the AU president, ex vice president and vice president to step down now rather than face a total recall. It would be a great step towards bringing everyone together in the lite of the 2016 AU convention race scandal. The other step is to hold the convention committee and race committee accountable for their actions by suspending them until such time as every handler, breeder, speakers and other venues are completely paid off in full. Barring both of these actions taking place I believe our best course of action is to remove the top echelon of the AU and replace them with members who will hold them accountable. So keep up the good work

  3. Ron Whitmer on August 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Another cog in the 2016 fiasco bites the dust, the Co chairman of the 2016 AU convention and race was removed as race secretary for our combine. He was not completely thrown out but he was removed from a position of power. Although his club did put him in bad standing and he is suspended for 10 years. The La Puente club and East Course Combine threw out the Chairman of the 2016 AU Convention and his entire family along with the co chairman until such time as there has been a full accounting and everyone is paid in full. It is too bad that the Lapuente club, ECC and SBV had to act on their own as the AU upper echelon sit on their hands.

    During this same meeting one of the members said sending out emails denouncing someones actions is cowardice. sorry but it is the modern day medium that allows the truth to be known as things happen.

    Cowardice is hiding your head in the sand and hoping the wind will change directions and take whatever makes you afraid away with it. Cowardice is refusing to act and hold those who have irreparably harmed our sport accountable for there actions and instead blaming the whistle blowers for the outcome instead of those who are truly responsible.

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