Letters: RISA Clarification

Written by The RISA Executive Board. Posted in Volume 37, Issue 8 - January 7, 2017

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) Executive Board wishes to clarify RISA’s standing regarding Public Purpose Funds reported on in the December 10 issue of The Main Street WIRE.

To the Editor:

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) Executive Board wishes to clarify RISA’s standing regarding Public Purpose Funds reported on in the December 10 issue of The Main Street WIRE.

Due to the administration change in RISA through its mandated June elections, the new set of officers has, over the past five-and-a-half months, been chasing down past financial documents in order to comply with the IRS 990 Filing for 2015. Additionally, the new board has been instituting management controls through a series of board resolutions to safeguard it from unsuspected eventualities that jeopardized the position of the past RISA administration.

That said, RISA complied with the application and other requirements and, in fact, was awarded funding. However, RISA took it upon itself to officially inform RIOC that the fund allotment be deferred until all financial filing requirements are submitted.

By the time this letter reaches The WIRE, RISA will have filed all appropriate tax forms as required, and looks forward to presenting RIOC with additional information, as needed, to regain the allotted funding to continue its regular and new programs for the benefit of its current and growing membership. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dave Evans, the chair of the RIRA Public Purpose Fund Committee, as well as its members, for their support. We look forward to continuing to prove our worth in the future.

Furthermore, the new RISA executive board wishes to distinguish itself from the previous board of directors, which had the misfortune of having to deal with misguided governance. The new executive board, together with an additional seven new board members, has been working hard to pick up the pieces, while bringing multiple skill sets to the job and being educated about best practices in managing and governing a not-for-profit organization. In the coming board meeting, on the second Tuesday in January, a new set of board policy resolutions will be on the agenda for approval and will include conflict-of-interest, transparency, and directors’ liability issues.

Signaling a renewed RISA, we will soon have a website, which is currently undergoing design and information uploads. Our email address will also shortly be active for those who wish to contact RISA directly.

We look forward to meeting the new, active, older adults in the community and having them join us with their ideas for unusual, upward, and outward-bound programming.

The RISA Executive Board: Barbara Parker, President; Donna Chenkin, Vice President; Sherie Helstien, Secretary; Marie Luarca-Reyes, Acting Treasurer

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