Local business owner and tonsorial pontificate, Russell Frank, has announced his candidacy for director of the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association, a Mississippi non-profit corporation (not to be confused with a federal nonprofit under 501-c). Under the rallying cry of “Anything for the kids”, Frank along with other parents, organized a demonstration that was designed to pressure board members to convert a section of wetlands owned by the Diamondhead POA into a football and soccer field. The land was previously used as Tennis World prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The demonstration took place at the Diamondhead Country Club on March 25th 2015. It consisted of property owners who are members of the Diamondhead POA and non-property owners who were not members and was organized primarily by means of social media utilizing Frank’s barber shop’s Facebook page. A post from his business’s Facebook page read:
“PLEASE SHARE AND PLEASE SHOP UP.
The POA is on the edge of building the youth Football/Soccer fields at the old tennis world sight. We have a majority of board members in favor of thus project. However there are a few board members who are slowing the process in order to attempt to halt it all together. These individuals are a minority group who always bring the loudest voice. We need to show up to the POA meeting go next Tuesday @ 7 pm at the Emerald Ballroom (counrty club) with our large numbers to be seen and heard. Please wear your Spartan shirt or a green shirt to show your support. It is time in this country that the majority rule and not the loud hand full of people. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
The entire POA is not against us. The majority want this project to happen. There are those on the board that said they would cut dues in half; knowing that this could not happen. They lied to get elected. They are trying to stop the fields from being built so they can say they saved money to save face for lying. The POA has a surplus of money for new projects. The money is already there for us. It will not affect dues. PLEASE SHOP UP IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR GRANDKIDS WHO PLAY SPORTS IN DIAMONDHEAD.”
When questioned on his status as a member on the Diamondhead News Facebook after he had demanded a boycott of the internet publication he stated:
“Understand even though I may not be a member, I will be soon. Also, I may not be a member yet; I love this community and have given my all to be a productive member in the community. When I purchase a home This Year I will run for POA. I WILL WIN.”
Mr. Frank was also a frequent commentator on the Diamondhead News Online Open Forum until the matter of the board member Donald Silcio’s obvious conflict of interest was raised. Silcio is also president of the Spartan Football club which is composed largely of parents who also are not members of the Diamondhead POA. Vowing to boycott the site by stating in part:
“This will be my LA ST POST ON YOUR WEBPAGE. I WILL NOW BOYCOTT THIS SITE AND LET ALL KNOW YOU AND YOUR GROUP ARE FRAUDS. ANY ONE WITH SINCE READING THIS SITE WITH ANY SMARTS SHOULD DO THE SAME. THERE IS NO REASON WASTE YOUR TIME RESPONDING TO ME BECAUSE I WILL NOT SEE THE RESPONSE.”
Several questions have arisen since the postings:
The large numbers Mr. Frank spoke were found to be non POA members who are demanding a sports complex be built with POA funds for the enjoyment of mostly residents of Diamondhead and surrounding communities who do not qualify as members of the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Association.
Mr. Frank is not a member of the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association and as such does not pay dues. He has yet to explain why he or any other non-member should benefit from obligatory dues paid by property owners.
Where Frank got his information concerning the “surplus of money” is now under investigation.
Exactly how Mr. Frank is planning to run for the board of directors of a Mississippi non-profit corporation this year without being a member of the corporation remains a mystery, especially since the elections are not until 2017.