It is Sunday morning and I just finished reading editor-in-chief Paul Gentile’s Nov. 2 column and I think my blood pressure has risen over 40 points! I am a loyal subscriber and have been for many years and have always looked forward to reading this column. You really missed the mark on this column. Also you have used the old numbers game to prove your point, which has nothing to do with the purpose of your article of volunteers being represented on national and state trade association boards. How about doing a follow-up column and tell us what the makeup is of the CUNA Board. Do you think they are predominately white? Do you think males out number females? Do you think they are mostly over 50 years old? But let’s look at the stats you provided: 63% of directors are over 50 years of age; doesn’t that mean that 38% are under 50 years of age as well? How about 25% are women; is that a noteworthy fact as well? Sixty-six percent of board elections are held at annual meetings -is that bad? Your analogy to bank conversions is really off base since it is the notification process that really was the issue there, not the annual meeting. As for re-nominations, shouldn’t board members who are experienced and trained be re-nominated? And then your real insult to injury is saying more than half of executives (is that CEO’s) said poor performing directors are routinely re-nominated. Who said they are poor performing? Is that the CEO’s job? I think before you call on boards to look in the mirror, you should look in the mirror as well. Is your column fair and objective or have you taken some facts and only looked at one side? Paul J. Marotta Chairman of the Board Hanscom Federal Credit Union Hanson, Mass.

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