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Review for Kingman Old Timers Chat-N-Chow, Kingman, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The 3 reviews in this site in December and January are EXTREMELY misleading. The Chat-n-Chow left because they voted to not continue to be a site council for the County based on a 19 page description of their new responsibilities. On the day in question when the decision was made...after days of working with Susie Deputy County amicable agreement was that the funds that had been collected would not be turned over to the County after hundreds of people within the community understood that those funds were donated to make payment for food items. Richard Graff was the acting President on that day and there were supposed to be two different individuals coming in to take the nomination for President, after Mike Barrata vacated the position without letting any of the officers know. When those that were expected did not come in, the Secretary was asked to present the 4 options given to us with the negotiation of the County. #1: remain as the site council and perform the duties required under the 19 page description; #2: Move the Chat-n-Chow and become independent, but keep in line with the Articles of Incorporation and the By-laws; #3: disband the Non-profit and transfer the funds to another charity of their choosing; or #4: Talk to the county about taking over the entire program (this one seemed not possible because of the amount of funding needed). Richard made a motion for a vote and it was voted 16-0 (with Audrey Hillyer and Sherry White abstaining) to move the Chat-n-Chow. Charlie Fike can confirm that the building fund was at the time of his leaving at $41,000.00 not $72,000.00. There are records of confirmation dating back to 2007. There is currently $49,000.00 in the building fund because of the current Board securing and increasing those funds through management and fundraising. NOTHING HAS BEEN TAKEN and is still in tact from day one. The name was adjusted to the I.C.A.N. Center (Inter-Community Action Network) because there is no hot lunch program. Food boxes are distributed to seniors from all over; financial aid is dispursed through an in-take application process; clothing is given to those in need; social programs include (sewing, social club, bingo, and will soon include, Bible Study, an exercise program and more). All filings have been completed with the State (which the former regeme had never filed with the Secretary of State's Office) all local licensing is in place (which the bargain box had never applied with the City of Kingman and they were out of compliance) All IRS forms are filed with the current information and data. Just so every knows, we are helping in the amount of $1,500.00 per month on average to the Mohave County community. We are connecting with other organizations to see where we can help them. We are scheduling more and more events for our membership of 273 adults and will continue to forge ahead to building a wonderful Community Center when the funds and timing are appropriate. Thank you for your time and we appreciate your help. Come down to the center and check it out. 1911 Kino Avenue, Kingman (the castle).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the fact that so many are working so hard to help during these trying economic times and they give 110% of their heart, their minds and their helping hands.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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Role:  Board Member & President.