The Vive Les Arts Societe is holding a meeting Aug. 1 open to the public to potentially overturn a decision by the VLA Theatre’s board of directors to shutter the community institution’s doors after more than 40 years in Killeen.

Only VLA members are allowed to vote at the meeting.

According to an email to the Herald on Monday, theater members will be allowed to discuss and vote on a slew of measures including the continuation of the VLA Theatre, the restructuring of the organization, the hiring of a business director, the appointment of a bylaw revision committee and an examination of the group’s finances with accountant counsel.

The meeting is restricted to members of the theater who have purchased season-long passes. Memberships can still be purchased until July 31.

Meeting agenda

According to the email, the meeting agenda includes measures to:

Accept the resignation of board members issuing letters of resignation.

Discuss the financial health of the VLA Theatre.

Discuss the options for VLA to continue operations.

Hold a vote to either uphold the vote to close the theater or reverse it; if members vote to overturn the earlier decision, they can accept nominations for new board members; if members vote to uphold the earlier decision, they can arrange a date, time and location to begin discussing steps for dissolution.

On Friday, Vice Chairman Nancy Hennigan, Vice Chairman Diane Connell, Advisory Committee Chairman Cyd West, Treasurers Scott Shine and Hilary Shine, and Past Chairs Leslie and John Gilmore announced their resignation from the theater’s board. The member cited Chairwoman Summer Heidtbrink’s violation of group bylaws and her role as chairwoman, and said they “will not support her defiance of the board’s direction.”

The board members also pointed to the theater’s declining finances in recent years.

“The executive committee met twice in June to review the finances and options. Seven of nine members believed that the Theatre could not commit to a new season because of the financial situation and voted that it should close gracefully at the end of the current season,” the board members said.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the VLA Theatre, 3401 S. W.S. Young Drive.

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(2) comments

Debbie H

The meeting is open to the public, according to the VLA's Facebook page. Only members, patrons who have season tickets from the 2016-17 season, can vote. You can purchase a season ticket until July 31 to become a member if you want to participate and vote at this August 1 meeting.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

Copy: 'The Vive Les Arts Societe is holding a members-only meeting Aug. 1 to potentially overturn a decision by the VLA Theatre’s board of directors to shutter the community institution’s doors after more than 40 years in Killeen.' End of copy.

I've got a question, 'What in the world is the future of the VLA Theater now is being voted on 'by the members'????

I thought that this was a city supported organization, not a members only, behind closed doors type of activity. Is the city council going to be considered 'a member' since it was started by the city council in 1976 and thru a Texas Arts grant. And why are these people continuing to sell 'memberships', if the operation is scheduled to 'shut down in August, 2017. This is July, 2017.
As I see it, it is the same old Killeen city operation, be selective in whose invited, operate behind closed doors, and be evasive.

Copy: 'According to an email to the Herald on Monday, theater members will be allowed to discuss and vote on a slew of measures including the continuation of the VLA Theatre, the restructuring of the organization, the hiring of a business director, the appointment of a bylaw revision committee and an examination of the group’s finances with accountant counsel.' End of copy.

Who sent that email???? Was there a name on that email???? Was it one of the people who recently resigned???? I ask this question as to if it was sent by the group of board members, They do not have the authority to send anything regarding the VLA, they are not 'the board'.
Is this a departure from the charter bylaws.

Copy: 'Accept the resignation of board members issuing letters of resignation.' End of copy.

I consider the resignation of the board a done deal. When they shouldered the responsibility to resign, they the are effectively 'done'. They, the 'past board' should not have any voice whatsoever to what is going to be done in the future. And the city council should have a voice, as trustee's of the city, in what is going to be the future of the VLA theater operation. If not then the city should not have a voice in what in the future will be 'the VLA Theater operation.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

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