Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historical Society Votes on Which of 2 Boards to Empanel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Historical Society Votes on Which of 2 Boards to Empanel

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Byline: KEVIN TURNER, Nassau Neighbors correspondent

In a strongly divided meeting of the West Nassau Historical Society on Thursday, about 40 people voted to decide which of two previously elected board of directors should be in charge.

One board had been elected during a meeting that a judge ruled was not properly advertised, the same meeting in which the initial board was ousted.

Though the votes were tabulated, a winner had not been declared by Friday because attorneys representing each side contested some of the people voting, saying they were ineligible.

The outcome of the court-ordered vote will either leave the organization in the hands of five officers who gave the society-owned depot to the private Caboose Club in September, or the five who opposed that action.

The mood among the 50-plus crowd in the Callahan Lions' Club hall was tense Thursday as Bobbi Boone, president of the first slate, sat near Jeanne Scott, president of the second slate.

Two Nassau County Sheriff's Department deputies watched intently for any sign of trouble.

Boone's set of officers was voted out in an Oct. 14 meeting when society members elected another five, led by Scott and Marianne Marshall, a Nassau County commissioner. Boone's group objected to the outcome, saying the meeting hadn't been advertised.

Nassau County Circuit Judge Brian Davis agreed, but ordered that the society's members who were eligible to vote Oct. 14 do so again Thursday night. Davis will have to decide which votes were eligible.

Though tense, the meeting Thursday was civil. The only barbs traded were between attorneys representing each plank of officers.

"Are you disputing the memberships we submitted?" asked attorney Clyde Davis, representing the second slate, which includes Scott, Vice President Marshall, Secretary Tina Copps, Treasurer Geraldine Scheafer and Director Jan Johannes. …

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