Records Unity Movement
The first organizational and planning
meeting of FORUM took place at the Tallahassee/Leon County Library at 3:00
PM on Sunday, June 4th. In attendance were Herm Chelette, Merle
Barrett, and Patty Burns.
Areas of discussion were:
Our Goals: The members in attendance were in agreement that
our goal will be to obtain the requisite number of signatures on petitions
in order to put the issue of open records on the ballot in 2001, seeking a
constitutional amendment. We will not limit ourselves by seeking
only access to OBCs.
- We will have an Executive Director, Director of Operations,
Secretary/Treasurer, and a Board of Directors. For the first 3
months of operation, we will have interim officers, who will serve until
September 1st, when a election will be held, and permanent officers will
be elected. The Executive Director, Director of Operations, and
Secretary/Treasurer will all be on the Board of Directors, as will our
Regional Coordinators, who will handle organizational matters in their
assigned area of the state of Florida. Regions are yet to be
Serving as interim officers are: Herm
Chelette - Executive Director, Patty Burns - Director of Operations,
Merle Barrett - Secretary/Treasurer
Statement of Mission: Until such a time as a more permanent mission
statement can be developed, our mission statement will be the text on the
homepage of FORUM, which reads: "Oregon led the fight for open
adoption records in the United States. Alabama followed close behind. Both
states have been victorious in their struggle to open records. The time is
right. The tide is turning. Help us to educate the citizens of Florida to
the fact that adoptees are denied basic rights that all others enjoy. Only
adoptees are denied access to their own birth certificates. Please join us
in working toward the common goal of allowing adult adoptees born in
Florida access to all of the records pertaining to their adoption."
Meetings: Future meetings will be held in the chat room for
the FL_FORUM_2001 chatroom, with face to face meetings scheduled as
Incorporation: The issue of whether or not it was necessary
for us to incorporate was raised. There are some legals benefits to
incorporation. Merle will do some investigations regarding the
benefits of incorporation, and the decision about whether we need to do so
will be discussed at a later date.
FORUM Address: Merle will rent a post office box for FORUM,
so that we have an address for snail mail to be directed to .
Website: Patty has started work on a FORUM website, to
contain all pertinent information, and to give FORUM a web presence.
The website resides on Geocities, and was therefore free. The URL
for the website is http://www.oocities.org/fl_forum_2001/index.html
Mailing List: Patty has set up a mailing list on Egroups
called FL_FORUM. This is an open list, and any interested party can
subscribe by going to http://www.egroups.com/group/FL-FORUM
This list also has a chatroom which will be used for organizational
Email: FORUM now has a Yahoo email address, which is FL_FORUM_2001@yahoo.com.
Patty will look into whether Yahoo mail will send officers a notice of
mail in that mailbox.
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