The information from Chavez started a firestorm. Mike sent out the Declaration of HOA as proof that we were legitimate, but he did so without going through the usual channel of getting board approval.
This is an email thread (read from bottom to top, showing the tone of what was happening.) https://www.greaterworldcommunity.org/file/document/2850934796/yAOrqDS0L5MObyOh.pdf
The Community wanted to see all my correspondence with Chavez, so the notes from the last installment of this discussion, were sent to everyone. (This was posted in part 6, but here it is again) https://www.greaterworldcommunity.org/file/document/2850934796/1Qg43TVcAyKK4Yme.pdf
This is the legal opinion document that Chavez referenced in the previous post on this subject. https://www.greaterworldcommunity.org/file/document/2850934796/eZ29D0EFe0RhO3Ax.pdf
We scheduled a town hall meeting for the community to discuss the pros and cons of incorporation.
Here is another email thread from the board. Note that the board still seems to think that they have the sole right to create policy, despite the specific wording of NMSA 53-10, which gives that right to the membership. If the GWLUA was still intact at that point, 53-10 should have prevailed. Again, read from bottom to top. Judy's last statement suddenly made me worried, as it was clear that I still hadn't got them to understand that incorporating would create a totally new business, and by law it had to have a new name and that a new board would have to be voted on.
Just before the town hall, I got this: https://www.greaterworldcommunity.org/file/document/2850934796/uUlvLxJC0Z00OAoz.pdf For some reason this thread reads from top to bottom.
John took over the Town Hall with discussions about the temporary asphalt plant at Taos Gravel Products next door to GW. We didn't get to discuss incorporation. Mike did say that he could refile GWLUA every 20 years if he wanted. I recorded it. Of course Mike couldn't accept what our lawyer had said, because that was an integral part of the remaining lawsuit.
Mike repeatedly accused me of hiding communications with lawyer Chavez. That is very easy to verify, as every conversation is a billable, and there is therefore a record of everything. Mike and the rest of the board began to think that Chavez was tainted. Amy became the contact person for Chavez, though that must have been decided outside of our board emails, as I wasn't informed of this. I'm increasingly being kept out of the loop.
At the 6/5/19 board meeting, John proposed Marilee Ives to take over Steve Masse's position (which he had held for only a few months, taking over from Sally.) I opposed Marilee because I didn't feel she was remotely prepared for what she was facing and I had started noticing discontent from community members because we were appointing so many board members without their input. I told John as much. That destroyed what little relationship we had. Judy was angry at me too, for apparently changing my mind and not wanting to appoint board members. She questioned my right to oppose Merilee. The board also voted to keep Chavez on as the community lawyer, and Mike offered to let community members present questions to Chavez.
Three days later the board decided to replace Chavez with a local lawyer. None of those community concerns were forwarded to either Chavez or the new lawyer.
In mid-June, the board went to visit Kelan Emery, a Family Law attorney. Under the rules of professional responsibility, attorneys are supposed to educate themselves on their own time, if a client brings a case regarding an aspect of the law in which they have limited knowledge, or hire an outside specialist to assist. Emery did neither. Apparently his qualifications were that he was a member of an HOA. (The were these qualifications as Marilee, BTW.) Despite the fact that I gave him 150 pages of documents, plus references to the pertinent laws, he apparently didn't read much of them. He was not made aware that the legality of the GWLUA was an issue in a continuing lawsuit.
A month after meeting with him, Emery finally sent what looked like a hastily crafted letter, and the board held another of its emergency meetings to discuss it. Marilee was not at this meeting. The board was elated as they concluded that the letter legitimized the GWLUA once and for all. (On 9/6/17, McElroy, the judge in the lawsuit, had sent out a letter asking that community members form a committee to determine the legitimacy of the board. Mike took years to show this letter to the board and I have notes that the letter was sent to the community in April of 2019, but I can't find the email for that.) The board at this meeting voted that they were legitimate! I said you can't determine yourself legitimate, and Mike said they just had. None of the other board members seemed to think there was anything wrong with this behavior. He demanded that I stop inquiring about any of the legal issues, and then he YELLED that I was the worst thing that had ever happened to GW and that the entire lawsuit against him was my doing. None of the other board members reacted. There was no record of any of this as far as I know. Gauntlet thrown down: Gillian, if you didn't already know it, you are officially alone on the board and persona non grata.
Emery Letter: https://www.greaterworldcommunity.org/file/document/2850934796/ZdkJzsTrqGABnsie.pdf
Judge McElroy's Letter: