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To Charlie from Skip

Your rebuttal is shallow and misguided as Official Spokeswoman of the Hilton Head Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. I have nothing personal against you or anyone else. If fact, I am not alone, there are hundreds who agree with me and evident of the continued drop in your membership from 1600 to 1250 members. Be clear 95% of this island is totally opposed to just several items of abuse I have exposed and can't imagine you don't agree as well.

Bill Miles salary/pay package/travel expenses, expenses and overhead, 26 employees, no elections or term limits of board members and subbing out work to Canada. The unfair competition to media members and all the rest media related, 99% of the local Media I have talked to agree with my position. I will continue to prove all this and in fact have already.

What I have are facts of abuse and attempted abuse on many fronts by our local Chamber and its leadership that you keep defending as the spokesman and I guess only reason is to keep your job, understandable. You claim in the latest article the Chamber is abiding by IRS tax codes for 501-c6 non profits and can tell you 100% you are wrong and the final IRS ruling will prove this, if IRS in fact enforces their very own tax laws. If not, myself and other media can and will also be able to avoid taxes by just converting our companies to a non profit 501-c6 and run for profit media as such. There is no escape for IRS ruling favorably and if they do not rule favorably the future tax loss will be perhaps in the hundreds of millions by losing for profit media tax paying companies running these tourism magazines and destination marketing websites like Hilton Head Bluffton Chamber is doing with its Vacation Guide and its you are defending and is clearly a for profit media website. Charlie what I see is the Chamber combined with the VCB has become nothing more than a huge local 26 employee media company selling ads, sponsorships along with all the rest. I feel with bylaw changes with elections and term limits of Board members alone will clean all this up.

Charlie, I look at you as nothing more than a woman who has become a victim of circumstances, in the wrong place at the wrong time and just trying to do a job not much different than a lawyer representing someone they know deep down inside is wrong and guilty. Charlie the facts are facts, truth is truth and makes no difference if my attacks are personal or not. 

Charlie, I invite you as the spokesman to a private debate at the Island Packet offices on issue by issue as asked by the Packet reporter giving detailed answers backed up with real facts or where those facts can be obtained. Would this not help and settle everything for everyone involved. When
People refuse to debate or answer questions in detail, all it does is prove there is something to hide and fuels the opposition to even try harder to get answers.

Explain one point what exactly do you feel is my personal and disgruntled feelings all about? This would be a good start. Thanks

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You've Raised Very Serious Questions

I feel that you have raised some very serious questions about how our Chamber is being run and where the money is being spent to market our island and the businesses that support our Chamber.

Additionally, your questions raise the possibility that the Chamber board is a "hand-picked" board that continues to perpetuate the abuses alleged in your complaints. As such, an independent committee, made up of chamber members, needs to be chosen and convened to address your concerns immediately.

Those are my thoughts and you may advertise them as such.....

Kim D.