April 25, 2007
Dear Dan Sandoval,
It is with great concern we bring this matter to your attention. The American GI Forum Dr. Hector P Garcia Founding Chapter remains divided. Is there a letter (from the AGIF State Leadership) stating, that Mr. Bob Ortiz is the rightful commander of the Founding Chapter? Citing this letter, Mr. Ortiz is removing chapter members from committees they were appointed to serve on. . In July 2006 the founding chapter underwent various sanctions for non-compliance with AGIF directives and remains in dispute with regard to financial records.
According to a letter sent from the national organization to Ortiz, a chapter is required to turn in all financial records requested for IRS reporting purposes. CCCT
In late July 2006 the Chapter entered into an agreement with the AGIF state leadership.
"For the good and the welfare of this organization, we have entered into an agreement with the state of Texas leadership and the suspension has been lifted," said Tony Morales, national commander for the GI Forum and chairman of the organization board. CCCT
In the agreement financial records were to be turned over to the national office for tax purposes.
The finances of the local founding GI Forum chapter, with which the foundation is affiliated, were also a point of contention in late July, when the national organization suspended the chapter's charter for nearly two weeks for failing to turn over financial documents. CCCT
State Representative Juan Garcia has requested the Attorney General's intervention / investigation into this matter regarding Ram Chavez and those in the founding chapter loyal to Mr. Chavez.
Local attorney Juan Garcia III resigned as a board member of the nonprofit National Archives and Historical Foundation of the American GI Forum on Thursday, citing a lack of oversight for the organization's finances.
Bob Ortiz AKA Juventino Ortiz remains in obtusion to the unity of the founding chapter as he continues to thwart decisions handed down from the AGIF State Officials. Do these actions honor the agreement?
"For the good and the welfare of this organization, we have entered into an agreement with the state of Texas leadership"
Oscar Guerra was made Commander of the founding chapter by Dr C.P. Garcia (AGIF State Commander(TX)) in a decision issued on (September 29, 2006). Bob Ortiz refuses to recognize the decision and continues to posture as the Founding Chapter's Official Commander.
In the interest of our namesake founder Dr Hector P Garcia and the good name of the AGIF it is imperative this conflict be remedied. Another factor in your consideration; I understand the membership of Bob Ortiz is not being renewed by the Founding Chapter. We ask that this board support the AGIF State Commander in the interest of unity and growth.
Is it true, the AGIF of Texas, Inc., filed charges against Mr. Bob Ortiz?
Was he unanimously expelled?
It is also maintained, (that) Mr. Bob Ortiz is not a lifetime member.
The appointment of Agnes Horne to the Nueces County Commission Community Action is it not in violation? Doesn't this position require a member of the Dr Hector P Garcia chapter be appointed?
Why won't the bank wont release money to the rightful commander Oscar Guerra?