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Mike Gallagher Editor Saugatuck-Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) board officials were scheduled to hold a meeting with its members Wednesday night to hear an update on the issue of whether or not to seek a membership vote to increase the amount the lodging owners are required to pay to support marketing efforts and also to provide an update on its executive director search. A decision by the CVB Board on whether to seek that increase from the current 2% to 5% (based on money collected by the respective lodging establishments from its paying guests which funds the CVB) is expected in the near David Lorenz, vice presi-dent-Travel Michigan of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., attended the Wednesday meet-ing and spoke to those attending on the possible increase with attending CVB members. The organization’s meeting was not open to the public. CVB members attending also were reportedly told the board’s executive director search was still ongoing and a background review of the man already offered the position in a Letter of Intent -Ken Fischang, formerly president/CEO of the Sonoma Tourism Bureau in Santa Rosa, California -was continuing. Local CVB officials -including Chair Andrew Milauckas -conceded they were caught unaware after learning from a California media report that Fischang had been placed on administrative leave by the Sonoma Tourism Bureau after an investigation/audit had reportedly turned up alleged financial irrregular-ities by himself and other staff mem-bers only a day before he received the Letter of Intent to offer him the exec-utive director’s position locally. Milauckas Wednesday told The Local Observer the board is still awaiting information from its attor-ney into that matter before a final decision on Fischang’s hiring. “We’re doing our due dili-gence,” said Milauckas, saying the board was trying to learn more on whether there was any truth to the California media reports regarding Fischang before making any final hir-ing decision. Cheryl Ronk, president of the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MASE) told The Local Observer Wednesday that neither she nor any MASE representatives had uncovered any information or docu-mentation showing Fischang had done anything wrong or had been placed on administrative leave as reported by the media in California. “We do a thorough back-ground check...and no, I have no knowledge of any problem like that involving Ken,” said Ronk. She noted she had given the local CVB officials a positive, verbal report on Fischang based on her/MASE’s review and background checks before Fischang was sent his Letter of Intent to be hired by the local CVB. “As part of their due dili-gence, they (local CVB officials) are having their attorney look for any documents or information about what has been reported regarding Ken Fischang...but I have no additional information and have not received any documents yet confirming that information,” said Ronk. She praised the work of the local CVB search committee in doing the proper research and review of not only Fischang, but all the candidates vying for the local CVB position. CVB Chair Milauckas this week sent local CVB members the following message, in part, regarding the executive director search efforts: “As you probably know, the CVB recently announced that it has made a conditional offer of employ-ment to Ken Fischang, someone we believe is a top industry professional, (Cont. Page 6) Lakeshore Community Chorus Presents Annual Spring Concert This Weekend rus itself. Special To The Observer The Lakeshore Community Chorus will present their annual Spring Concert with two performanc-es on Saturday June 3, 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday June 4, 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Saugatuck. The chorus is under the leadership of directors W. Gene Coburn and Nancy Plantinga, with accompanist Cameo Elzinga. Additional accompaniment for the Spring Concerts will be pro-vided by string, wind and percussion players from Grand Valley State University and members of the cho-The chorus will present a wonderful mix of beautifully arranged selections providing a vibrant musical experience that helps to bring the season to life and "give voice" to topics and events through-out history. This year's concert will also feature the Fennville High School Chamber Choir under the direction of Jocelyn Leonard. The Lakeshore Community Chorus Spring concerts have become a community tradition. Nancy Plantinga adds, "It is the perfect way for you and your fam-ily to usher in our beautiful West Michigan spring." Tickets for the "Music, Give Voice" concert are $20 (Adult) and $10 (Student) and can be pur-chased on-line with a credit card by going to: lakeshorecommunitycho-rus.org. Tickets can also be pur-chased in person with cash or check at Scooter's Cafe, 322 Culver in Saugatuck. The Lakeshore Community Chorus is an adult 501C3 communi-ty organization that is dedicated to the performance of varied choral music for the benefit, education and enjoyment of its members and our audiences from our surrounding lakeshore communities. Since its inception in 2010, the chorus has grown its ranks to include members of communities from all over our West Michigan lakeshore.
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