Just to drive home a point and give you some background information, I attended some meetings with a group so nice, they named it twice. This group intertwined with Village Officials have previously laid down the gauntlet about Health Department regulations involving serving food and drinks to the public when non-network businesses had initiated planning a couple of fun advertising events for the downtown business core.
From this still shot, those you can see that I recognize involved with the group whom attended the meetings are from bottom left: Renee Gordon, Jae Guetschow, Vicki Schmucker, Darlene Southward, Margaret Goble, A. Ray Jones, Dorothy Steedle, Kay Brown, George Brown, Art Weeber, Lynn Southward, Christine Burtle and Andrea Cueto. Somebody else that I did not see at the meetings but knew about the Health Department regulations and didn’t call them to complain is standing in the center with his back turned, wearing a green plaid shirt is our own Jim Wonacott. To view the video, click here.
The Art Auction event was organized by Darlene Southward (wife of DDA Chairman) through the ’Friends of Historic Blissfield’ committee that also goes by the name of ‘Infrastructure and Sustainability’ committee to raise funds for the committee. The event was held April 23, 2010 at the temporary location of Royal Expressions, owned by President Guetschow’s wife, Debbie Royal.
The table set up in this photograph is loaded with food and goodies that I helped prepare in Kay Brown’s (wife of Councilman George Brown) kitchen. Along the back wall is a bar station/table set up for self-serve wine at the affair. At the time, I was unaware there were regulations set in place for food service (others in the photo may not have known either). I’m guilty for assuming everything was properly handled. Many, if not all of the decision makers did know as evidenced by being the first to make the rules known to others outside their group who wanted to do the same thing for their own events. The group outside the network followed the rules; the network group doesn’t believe the rules apply to them. A discussion about this is in the comment section of a “Fallacy of Composition” post that was published on this blog.
Sure they could probably argue that (despite success of the auction was pumped up by The Advance), there were only a few unaffiliated members of the public that attended. Most of the guests in attendance outside the event organizers or families were the artists that generously donated works of art for the cause. It was open to the public nonetheless.
Another more recent event hosted by some of our leaders was an announcement celebration in the downtown mini park July 14, 2010 where hot dogs and refreshments were served, also without securing a Temporary Food Handlers License, here are some of the Adrian Health Department guidelines.
Am I the only one that finds something wrong with this picture, what’s good for the goose should also be good for the gander. Why don’t we all play by the rules?