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A letter from KIDL Web Guy  March 17, 2010

It seems to be "business as usual" at Business Queen Anne's...

I have a yes or no question.  Do you think  Business Queen Anne's (BQA) is a fair and balanced organization? 

In an effort to be balanced on the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) issue on the KIDL website, I visited the BQA website to see what their views were on the FASTC.  After reading some of their recent newsletters (which had lots of info on the FASTC) I sent BQA the following email: 
From: Burton Jamison [mailto:29burton@savekentisland.org] 
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 11:27 AM
To: administrator@businessqueenannes.com
Subject: Newsletter

Is it okay if I put a link to your newsletter section and allow visitors to download / view specific BQA newsletters on the KIDL web site?

They have information that the general public should be aware of regarding the FASTC.

I received this reply from Business Queen Anne's:

Hi Burt,
The board of BQA has asked me to respectfully decline your request.
Thank you,
Sandra Early
Sandra's Office Support
Administrator, BUSINESS Queen Anne's

Are the Board of Directors fair and balanced? You decide.  (Camille Baca O’Donnell is the Real Estate Broker of Record with O'Donnell Properties and is married to former QAC Commissioner George O'Donnell). 

Here is the list of the BQA Board of Directors at the time of their decline (no pun intended). From the BQA Website:

Mareen Waterman
2009-2010 Chairman of the Board, Well known realtor & developer in the Chesapeake Bay area since 1959, a past President of the QAC Chamber of Commerce, and has served on numerous county, state, and national boards and commissions. Also owner of a working grain farm. 

Nick Deoudes
2009-2010 Vice Chairman of the Board, Holds BS degree in Urban Development/Real Estate and is a principal of Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc., dealing with commercial property management & sales; retail leasing; and commercial development and investing. Also managing partner, Kingsville Village Shopping Center LLC. 

Tim Champion
Former project manager for Sylmar Homes; founded Champion Improvements in 1989 and since become a large scale remodeling company headquartered in Queen Anne's County. Also holds a CGR and CGB from the National Association of Homebuilders. 

Mike Dahle
Owner of Bay Carpets Flooring America, past Vice Chairman of QAC Economic Development Commission and past president of QAC Chamber of Commerce. 

Al Helfenbein
Helfenbein Insurance Agency, chairman QAC Airport Commission, past president of QAC Chamber of Commerce, past chairman of QAC Liquor Board, past chairman State Liquor Board. 

Camille Baca O’Donnell
A resident of QAC for over 20 years, Camille is presently a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty. She served on the county central committee from 1998 – 2002. Camille has also been involved with Citizens for Moderate Growth, aka “Save Our Jobs” and has attended numerous commissioner, planning and zoning meetings, and public hearings. 

Karen Oertel
Owner of Harris Crab House, active with the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Partnership, past board member of MD Chamber, and past president of QAC Chamber of Commerce. 

Cheryl Russell
Senior Account Manager with Delmarva Power; is a member of Central Delaware Economic Council, Delaware Economic Development Office, Northeast Economic Development Association, and local area Chambers of Commerce. 

Dave Thompson
Vice President & Business Development Officer with Centreville National Bank, has been with the bank since 1977, Past Master of the Centreville Masonic Lodge #180, a life-long resident of Queen Anne's County. 

Cecile C. Weich, Esq.
Maintains law offices in New York, Maryland & Washington, DC, is member of the Bronx Chamber, QAC Chamber, Chesapeake Women’s Network, and Gateway Republican Women. 

Bob Wilson
General Manager Mears Point Marina and Great Oak Marina, is chairman of the Kent Narrows Development Foundation, past president of the QAC Chamber of Commerce, and involved in various civic activities. 

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