JOINT MEETING - BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE GRANDE LIGNE MISSION
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF FELLER COLLEGE
Time: 7:00 PM to 1:45 AM.
Place: East End Baptist Church
Present: Rev. John Dozois, Rev. Paul Stevens, Rev. E. M. Jenkins, Rev. E. Boisvert, Dr. L. A. Gregory, Dr. R. S. Dunn, Dr. Max De Wolfe, Mrs. A. Gordon, Mrs. M. C. Chalmers, Dr. A. G. Crowe, Mrs. M. Armostrong, Rev. B. G. Smith, Mr. F. B. Thompson, Rev. John Gilmour, Rev. Gordon Allan, Mr. Ian Frizzel, Mr. A. Webster, Mr. Meldrum, Mr. L. V. Parent, Mr. C. J. Alcorn, Mrs. A. G. Crowe, Mr. Gerard, LePalme, Miss D. Deschamp and Miss B. Bell.
Regrets: Dr. G. E. Levy and Dr. A. Lefrancois.
Opening Prayer: Dr. L. A. Gregory.
The President, Rev. John Dozois welcomed the Board Members to the meeting.
Rev. E. M. Jenkins outined the reason for the Special Meeting.
Rev. John Gilmour presented to the members his personal recommendations and proposed:
1. As his Christian viewpoint - continue Feller College.
2. The Teachers of Feller would (with the exception of one) stay on at Feller at their present salaries.
3. Feller would be put on a set bufget for the year '67 - '68.
4. Resources to be found to meet the $230,000 needed to operate the school. he three Conventions would need to give $45,000.00.
Mr. Gilmour mentioned that all of this predicates transfer of bookkeeping system to Feller NOW. Also set up of a new Board of Management which would look after administration and assume full responsibilities to meet finances.
The Board of Management would consist of:
non voting members added (either President, General Secretary or Principal)
3 voting members (3 conventions)
Rev. E. A. Boisvert expressed a word of thanks for Mr. Gilmour's proposal.
The Board entered into a general discussion of this proposal.
A 10 minute coffee break was called by Rev. Dozois at 9:00 P.M.
The Board of Managements recommendations, along with the minutes of the Special Meeting on Feller College, were presented by Rev. John Dozois and Rev. E. M. Jenkins.
A preview of Alternatives by the Policy Commision of the Grande Ligne Mission for the disposal of Feller College was presented by ev. John Dozois.
Dr. L. A. Gregory expressed a word of Thanks to Rev. John Dozois for his conduct of the meeting.
(I read into this that the meeting was so stormy and emotional that Rev. Dozois had difficulty keeping order. So much so that he had to be thanked by Dr. Gregory for being able to do so. R.)
Rev. B. G. Smith moved and Rev. Paul Stevens seconded that:
"That in view of the fact that one of the object of the Grande Ligne Mission is to promote a Christian Education and that the failure of adequate support from the Baptist Convention renders impossible the continuance of Feller as at present, therefore, resolved that the school be closed as at the end of the 1966-1967 school year and that the assets presently used for its support be chanelled to other Christian education objectives under the direction of the French Baptist Union in co-operation with the Grande Ligne Mission."
The motion was defeated.
Further discussion was held.
(*) Rev. Paul Stevens moved and Rev. B. G. Smith seconded that:
(1) "Feller College not be closed but that the spirit and purpose of this Institution be fulfilled at some other location chosen by the French Union, in co-operation with the Grande Ligne Mission, and, that the liquid assets of Feller be used for this purpose.
(2) that the property of the College at Grande Ligne be used for Christian purposes under a Baptist influence by leasing it to the Dixville Home subject to the obtaining of the satisfactory legal agreement.
(3) that September, 1967 or any convenient day thereafter be the time such a transfer be effected.
The motion was passed by a 5 to 4 vote, but the Chairman did not feel this was a large enough majority to carry the motion.
Dr. Max deWolfe moved and Dr. A. G. Crowe seconded that:
"We accept John Gilmour's recommendation with reference to the continuance of the school, subject to a review of the situation in 1968, with the administrative problems worked out to satisfaction by the Officers of the Mission who are concerned."
The motion was defeated.
Rev. Paul Stevens moved and Dr. A.G. Crowe seconded that:
"The Board of Directors vote on the proposal (*) by registered letter (secret ballot) and returned to chairman not later than February 22nd."
It was agreed that a 7 out of 10 vote would carry the motion.
Rev. B.G. Smith moved that the meeting be adjourned at 1:45 A.M.
ALL BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THE CHAIRMAN REV. JOHN DOZOIS AND HE HAS DECLARED THE MOTION CARRIED WITH THE REQUIRED MAJORITY.