Did this bidding process violate the lodge bylaws or national bylaws? I believe so. I have the statues and bylaws in front of me and basically if the bylaws and statues do not spell it out it is covered under civil law of the state you live in. for example las vegas you can have slot machines in your lodge but not in oklahoma. Specifically, the trustees are our agents and they sign and implement ALL contracts, APPROVED BY THE members. In this instance the membership were not privy to the other two bids nor were they even mentioned, except in trustee meetings, maybe, I don't know the keep us out of them and the minutes are vague and incomplete, if kept at all ( another violations of the statues and by laws.)I am asking because they are not a governmental agency, so those governmental bidding laws do not apply and in order to have a legal cause of action regarding how the bid was conducted and the offer they accepted, you have to prove they violated some law or in this case their own bylaws or national bylaws.I am reminded of a construction
bid in Alaska that one company was awarded the contract for millions of dollars and the other contractor
sued. what the klux of it all was that the winning company did not have an item quoted that was supposed to be quoted on the bid, there by leading to a lesser bid. I know the company intentionally left off that item and if the losing company had not filed suit no one would have ever known. This is the situation now, no I do not know if these persons will inherite the golf course worth millions but it looks like this is the only senerio when the lodge goes out of business or ie looses it charter. one of the trustees is an heir to the golf course should it ever cease to exist.In the courts of our order Fob Jones was the presiding justice (of which I think will gain as well he has property next to the golf course, and a local attourney that did not even know he was presiding justice until I filed the charges). dismissed my case, on grounds that not even judiciary at the Grand lodge knows. but I must appeal costing 250 - ???/ to even get it heard by the Grand ForumIf you have evidence of self dealing on behalf of the trustees, who have a fiduciary duty to the organization, then this would also be a legal basis for a challenge in the courts against them for breach of their fiduciary duty to the membership and the organization and this would need to be brought by attorney representation against the trustees on behalf of the membership/organization for breach of fiduciary duty and you would need to obtain an injunction against them to prevent the sale from taking place.I did this by charging the President and special rep from grand lodge and Jones dismissed it prior to it going to forum.I thank you for your time and would like to ask you the following
could you our any lawyer send, like a letter of inquiry to the President of the lodge, requesting information on my behalf, to let them know that civil actions could be forthcoming, (rather it is or not). ie like I have hired you to check into this, so you could better understand situation and able to better represent me.
could that same letter be sent to the trustees and grand lodge representative.
I had 30 days to appeal but no notification as to it being read on the floor or final dispensation of dismissal by Presiding Justice Fob jones have been sent to me. it is 30 days after it is read on the floor and entered into the minutes.The Attorney General will generally refer these matters to the civil courts unless you can show a statutory violation (yes they are a non-profit, but sale of property and the bidding process is up to the organization rules and bylaws as they are not under the government bidding process laws).Thanks and any further guidance will be appreciated.
anyway thanks again for your time.