Sunday, March 11, 2007

Friends of Westwind terminates a membership

Ulli Sharma
President, Friends of Westwind
27210 Altamont Road
Los Altos Hill, CA 94022

January 21, 2007

Name withheld

Re: Termination of your membership

Dear :

I regret to inform you that the Board of Directors of Friends of Westwind, Inc., has voted by unanimous decision to terminate your membership in our organization. This decision was made on January 19, 2007, and is effective immediately.

The reasons for this decision are as follows:

1) During the special board meeting on Jan. 10, 2007, which had been requested by you for the specific purpose of discussing the disciplinary charges brought against you, you refused to cooperate with requests made by the board. All persons present at a meeting of our organization have an obligation to obey the legitimate orders of the presiding officer. Failure to do so can result in expulsion from the organization.

2) All disciplinary proceedings in our organization are to be conducted in private. Our organization has the right to conduct any investigation related to disciplinary issues internally. Neither Friends of Westwind, Inc., nor any of its members have the right to make public any information pertaining to such issues. Please note that this right to privacy applies to both parties even after a member has been expelled.
While our investigation of your situation was pending, you chose to disclose information pertaining to the disciplinary charges brought against you to the Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association. Furthermore, you have disclosed information about these proceedings to the councilmembers of the Town of Los Altos Hills in writing. Additionally, you have personally appeared at the Los Altos Hills Town Council meeting on January 11, 2007, to complain about Friends of Westwind, Inc. Such behavior is unacceptable for a member of our organization and can result in expulsion from our organization.

3) You were given a written 3 Day Notice to remove your horses from Westwind Barn on December 30, 2006. As of today, January 21, 2007, you have not complied with the notice. On the contrary, you have responded in writing declaring that you have no intention of complying with the notice. Such conduct is in direct violation of the rules of our organization, which you chose to accept when you first joined our organization, and which you again actively chose to accept and abide by every year since then when you renewed your membership agreement on an annual basis.

An organization has the right to require its members to conduct themselves in a manner that is not injurious to the organization. Your conduct has failed the standard which we expect from our membership.

I am again asking you to remove your horses from the premises of Westwind Barn immediately. Until you do so, we will provide the following service for your horses: 2 flakes of hay per day, unlimited access to water, and cleaning of the stalls. No additional services such as grain, blanketing or turnout will be provided by Friends of Wetswind, Inc. and our staff. You will be billed at the prevailing daily rate for every day your horses have been at the barn since January 3rd, 2007, up to and including the day you remove them from the barn.


Ulli Sharma
President, Friends of Westwind

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