“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scapegoating 101

Our esteemed treasurer in the last special general assembly gave us all a rather condescending lecture about budgets and accounting, and the implications of shortfalls - in short, a synopsis of Accounting 101. Yet we question whether he himself GETS it.

May we suggest the following:

ACCOUNTING 101- continued. Accounting 102? Whatever... let the appropriate lessons be found, for heaven's sake!

Further, and to avoid the ongoing ineptitude, the treasurer might wish to (please!) reconcile the balance statements from the bank on a monthly basis; otherwise he could be missing real money!
This is just BASIC bookkeeping - not higher-level accounting. Is there really a surprise here?
In the meantime, we all wonder who the next "whipping boy" will be. Is it to be the bookkeeping staff? Or will it once again be current or former Parish Council members? Or is it the ELECTED Audit Committee?
A final thought ... in view of recent events, is it NOT a GIGANTIC stretch of the imagination to consider the following scenario?
One fine morning last fall, Messrs. Varanakis, Sargetakis, and Metos contacted Mr. Bapis, and SUDDENLY all took it into their heads to transfer the Anthony G. Skedros Memorial Gymnasium Funds from a church account controlled solely by the parish council into the HCF account.
Can we please get serious?

1 comment:

TOCB Moderator said...

PS - We forgot that the HCF members MIGHT get THREATENED. Are we SURPRISED? Not with this bunch.