Photo credit: Yelm Senior Center
The Nisqually Valley News reports another sad tale, by Steven Wyble:
“Yelm Senior Center Struggles Financially”
“Former Directors Alleged $30,000 to $40,000 Embezzlement Crippled Finances”
“The center is ramping up fundraising efforts and hoping to rally support in the community, as well as trying to raise awareness of the centers benefits to attract new members.”
“The Yelm Adult Community Center is holding a fundraising effort next Saturday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Theyll offer a yard sale, bake sale and car wash, and will sell hot dogs, chips and soda.”
– ABOUT THE YELM SENIOR CENTER
From United Way of Thurston County:
We are a non-profit agency dedicated to serving the 50 plus seniors in Yelm and Southeast Thurston County. Our center has been serving the community since 1973. We care about our seniors!
Transportation is one of the most important aspects of our overall mission and we provide access to medical care, shopping, center activities, as well as those outside the center, theatrical performances, restaurants, and many Washington cultural, historical, and geographical places of interest.
Educational programs concerning health, nutrition, retirement planning, tax assistance, and similar topics of interest are an important piece of our overall programming plan. Our low impact exercise classes vital to wellness for seniors are provided on Tuesday and Thursday as well.
A general observation of Yelm’s organizational leaders requires this question, all stories covered here previously:
Why is oversight lacking in the fundamental direction of this community’s key institutions?
– Yelm Senior Center former directors alleged $30,000 to $40,000 embezzlement.
– Yelm Paramount Christian Church’s Pastor Jeff Adams violates IRS statutes for 501(c)3 non-profits by using his bully pulpit and “religious” newspaper column in a political diatribe against local entities.
– Yelm City Council votes to seize a citizen’s water rights.
– Yelm City Hall having a contract to be repaid for a water study and not getting a lien against a developer who later defaulted on hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees/taxes owed the city.
– Former Yelm Cemetery Superintendent accused of misappropriating more than $62,000 in public cemetery funds
– The FDIC and the Washington Department of Financial Institutions said the Venture Bank collapse was lack of oversight by the bank’s Board of Directors, with prominent board members from Yelm.
Why do community leaders in Yelm feel they should operate differently than what the laws they are supposed to uphold allow, leaving the tax payer indebted?