A German Village man is creating a community group aimed at reviewing the German Village Society and then making various recommendations to the nonprofit's leadership.

A German Village man is creating a community group aimed at reviewing the German Village Society and then making various recommendations to the nonprofit's leadership.

David Schooler, an area resident for 37 years, said he formed the Concerned Citizens and Businesses of German Village because area residents and society members were not being represented by the GVS board.

"I have felt that the community, in general, has not had a true voice at the society," Schooler said. "I decided that I would start this in an effort to draw comments out of the community." He said any comments gathered from the community would be presented to the board in an orderly fashion.

At the society's July board meeting, numerous members broached the board with various ideas on how the nonprofit could be improved.

During the meeting, Schooler called for the resignation of all long-term board members and board president Brigid Butler in response to budget woes.

The society, he said, has not had a balanced budget in seven years.

"I thought a lot of the comments at that meeting fell on deaf ears by some of the trustees," Schooler said. "I feel that has been going on for a long time. Anybody who wasn't with the program wasn't being heard."

Schooler said he began considering creating a group when Erin O'Donnell, the society's executive director, announced she planned to leave the GVS at the end of the month, after only seven months.

"It was a tremendous loss," Schooler said. "That was very disturbing to me, and I continue to be very concerned about that."

Schooler said over the years he was driven away from the society because of a number of reasons, one of which is the society's lack of a balanced budget.

"I've known about it for a long time and it's really bothered me," he said.

The addition of O'Donnell spurred Schooler's faith in the GVS.

"I know she worked hard to figure out where we were as an organization," he said. "I was, and am, very encouraged about the progress they have made."

But he traced O'Donnell's decision to leave to the society's leadership.

"I don't feel that the board really supported her efforts," he said.

Schooler said the only constraint placed on people interested in joining the group is that they must be a member in good standing of the society.

"My thinking is that if you are going to make comments about the society and the village -- it's a community and you should be a member in good standing," Schooler said.

Schooler can be reached at grassrootsgv@gmail.com.

On Monday, Butler told ThisWeek that she was unable to comment on the group directly.

"All I can say ... the board is always interested in membership feedback," Butler said.

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