Abuses in Non-Profit Organizations (Edmonton, Alberta)...

 

Why Didn't the Alberta Racquetball Association Sanction the

2009 Alberta Racquetball Top 16 Invitational (Sept. 19-20)?

And Why Did the ARA Revoke My ARA Membership? 

(1) Because of Barbara May's lying, deceit, pettiness and unfriendly demeanor;

(2) the ARA board's double standards defending this unethical behavior; and

(3) prejudices of an entirely non-Christian board persecuting the believer.

 

 A List of All Articles (see Video) | Correspondence with the ARA (Unedited) | Banned for Life (2012)

Discussion Forums | Unholy Trinity in Edmonton Racquetball | Vernon Splat Racquetball Tournament (2012)

Jack McBride and Terry Nelson | The "Shady Lady" of Alberta Racquetball | Physically Threatened by Danny Tarrabain (2013)

 

Where there is no Jesus, evil always reigns. Man's misunderstanding does not affect the testimony: "keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame" (1 Pet. 3.16). "Good conduct cannot appease an evil conscience; but neither will much reviling by man cast a shadow over a good conscience. Speaking inaccurately, speaking with a double tongue (and being two-faced), and speaking dishonestly - these all reveal a weak character (i.e. Barbara May and John Halko). Such kind of people cannot stand before God, and they have no power with Him. To be careless and shifty in speech is a serious breach of good character. It needs to be dealt with, lest it greatly affect" the work. "You are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer [this can apply to non-believers too] yet...worships idols or is abusive [such as John Halko and Barbara May]. Do not even eat with such people" (1 Cor. 5.11).

 

Who is ultimately responsible behind this abusive behavior? 

 

John Halko is behind this action because he was an ARA board member in 2009 and is the president in 2012. Gerry Slamko, Marc Caouette and James Brayley (2009 president of the ARA) have since left the organization.

 

In October 2012, I inquired about running a ladder through the r2sports system but r2sports requires approval from the ARA to do so. Even after 3 years the ARA maintains the position I am ineligible to have an ARA membership to play in tournaments. The root cause of this hostility from the ARA remains as vague and coy as ever. It is arbitrary, obstinate and belligerent. This abuse began with Barbara May lying to protect her hide and being two-faced. I exposed her lying because her lie was a sin bearing false witness against me (see the 21 point proof - click here). But when I exposed what she had done then she wielded her unrighteous axe. John Halko did not stand up for what's right but defended this unethical behavior and took away my ARA membership to boot. Consequently, I had no choice but to email everyone in racquetball across Canada through r2sports about this abuse of power by the tag team of John Halko and Barbara May. Furthermore, Barry Ould in his religious prejudices says we are not allowed to talk about Christianity at racquetball. Thus, discriminating against Christians, he excludes Christians who mention Christ from joining his league-not that I would want to since I never liked the format. Jesus said, "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake" (Luke 6.22).

Tolerance towards believers is not their strong suit. As one Christian in the racquetball community said, "These atheists [and non-Christians] are not as passive as they would like you to believe." What's even more unfortunate is my brothers and sisters in Christ in the racquetball community have had to remain low key in order not to receive further outlash and reprisal from John Halko, Barbara May and Barry Ould. This is typical of the world's hatred toward the body of Christ and why we have to operate underground in many instances. There have been many kind words from Christians such as "It is not you they hate but God; and some of them over time might feel bad for what they have done." Another Christian said pertaining to this matter, "God's vengeance is His own," and "God works in ways unexpectedly for the better."

 

Ryan Rodgers who runs the r2sports program wrote to me today October 11, 2012,

 

"Thanks for the explanation, it is always important to hear both sides of the story.

 

"Taking Kane to breaker is quite the accomplishment. I played with him in Austin a few times and he is the best. I believe things happen for a reason, not sure what it is in your case yet, but hopefully it pushes you to becoming the best 45+ player in Canada.

 

Ryan"

 

Specifically, how is God working to harden the heart of the Pharaoh further?

 

May it convince and convict the atheists and non-Christians of the ARA board and in the community to listen to their conscience who have not given their lives to Christ to do so now by comparing how non-Christians behave towards Christians. Let us be Christlike, but before one can begin to grow in Christ she or he needs to be born-again (John 3.3,7). After all He created us and died for the sins of the world to save whosoever is willing to believe in and receive Him, who He truly is and escape an eternity in Hell. There is no greater love!

 

It's possible I will attain the top ranking 45+. One thing is certain is I have never lost this much weight before and it is happening while the ARA board continues to try to prevent me from playing in Alberta tournaments. I use to be 220 lbs back in 2008 and was 204 lbs at the McNationals in Kelowna, June 2012. I am now 162 lbs as of Oct. 2012. I've lost 58 lbs so far. My goal is to keep in the 155-160 range.

 

Given things Halko has said to me over the years, all I can say in response John is that you couldn't take a game off me at 220, you aren't going to be able to when I am 160. So ban me from racquetball tournaments (Edmonton Open, Calgary Open and Alberta Closed) if it makes you feel better. I forgive you even though you are unforgiving and confused about why you banned me in the first place in perpetuity. God wants you to learn forgiveness and understand the real reason why you are trying to isolate a Christian. My prayer is for you to see how God forgives you when you accept what His only begotten Son did for you on the cross; only then can you truly forgive others and let go of the grudge and jealousy you harbor. The same prayer is extended towards Barbara May, Barry Ould and others who reject Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The non-Christian will either come to Christ or grow harder against the Lord by being antichrist.

 

God intervenes to prove who is in the right!

 

God sought fit to have the Mayfield Athletic Club closed down Dec. 21, 2012 to disband a handful of atheists and non-Christians who conspired to get me banned from this club July 20 which includes the board members of the ARA/ERA (such as Gordon Cutting who is on both boards) who play racquetball at this club that holds only 1 or 2 tournaments per year. Sadly, this is to the detriment of others who get hurt when God has to intervene in response to injustice.

 

The Edmonton Open 2012 Nov. 2-4 racquetball tournament (I registered for this tournament but Gordon Cutting removed me) will be the last tournament at the Mayfield before it is bulldozed down and the last tournament in Edmonton because there are no more facilities to support a tournament in this city. We are fortunate, though, to have the Glen Allan Recreation Complex (GARC) in Sherwood Park, east of Edmonton, which has 3 racquetball courts (2 glass) and is less than a mile from where I live within walking distance through a beautiful park. The staff of GARC have suggested to me with the coming renovations the two squash courts that use to be racquetball courts could be made into convertible courts (for a total 4 glass courts) because their width is 20 feet - regulation size for racquetball. Squash regulation is 22 feet. And there is a racquetball court presently being used for lifting heavier weights. That would give us 6 courts. All six courts potentially can be viewed from the second floor as well.

 

This is God's condemnation of various individuals and they know who they are playing in the west end at Mayfield. Even those who knew the ARA was misbehaving and remained silent about the abuses of the ARA/ERA are themselves guilty for idly not taking a stand by voicing their objection. Not much of a community when a community doesn't stand up against injustice! The ARA board reputation is forever tarnished since their repentance has not been forthcoming after all these years and no apology is expected. To my conscience it is absolutely disgraceful. I would never treat someone this way! As one Christian in the racquetball community said to me, "They have had more than enough time to repent" to have avoided the closure of the Mayfield. It is a sad state of affairs for racquetball in Edmonton. Humility is not a characteristic of this organization at present with its existing executive on some power trip. Because of their immorality, racquetball is dead in Edmonton with one last attempt to resurrect it by calling everyone who has ever played racquetball to play in the Nov. 2-4, 2012 Edmonton Open before the Mayfield Club is finally shut down by the end of the year. I am also told that Cam Bourque who has been a centerpiece of hostility against the Lord had to have surgery due to stress to remove a hernia so he is not playing. One wonders what other ailments or problems those mentioned herein will incur due to their unforgiving and unrepentant hearts. Just know that God is just in all that He does.

 

It's likely their actions are motivated by money, whatever twisted form that may take, since money is the root of all evil according to God's word. It is clear a changing of executive is desperately needed as the existing board of the ARA does not have a conscience to stand up against abusive behavior they themselves are the source of. And this is my prayer that one day they will. When this finally happens I would be pleased to join them, to assist and add more tournaments to Alberta Racquetball as I tried to do in 2009 and promote the sport more effectively to elementary and junior high schools with a poster at those schools to join an r2sports junior racquetball league in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert. Unfortunately even for the adults there is still no r2sports-type league/ladder in greater Edmonton because the powers that be block it from happening. This is the incompetence that racquetball in Edmonton has been plagued with for years under the guise of John Halko, Barbara May and Barry Ould. We all know that for years Kane Waselenchuk has wanted nothing to do with the Alberta Racquetball Association due to the way they went about treating him. He didn't even come up to Edmonton in 2008 to play in the Canadian Racquetball Classic IRT pro stop. I don't blame him. I believe John Halko and Barbara May are absolutely to blame, but people are too afraid to say so because of the power they hold in the ARA. Such self-righteousness is not righteous at all; it only seems to be on the surface of things, but deep down things are amiss. I encourage people to take a deeper look at the conduct of John Halko and Barbara May. Speak up against them for having done wrong, and don't be afraid of the consequences that has been my approach.

 

What is religion? "The way to God"

 

Their attitude is this. I want an r2sports league but Barry Ould does not. I want to go to heaven to be with God the Son, therefore, the atheists and non-Christians of the ARA board would rather go to Hell. I want more tournaments in Alberta. The ARA only wants 2 or 3. I believe it is proper to expose Barbara May for lying, but the ARA-namely, John Halko-shuts his mind down and tries to cover up Barb's deceit through misdirection, sinning bearing false witness and false accusation against the person who proved and exposed Barb lied to protect her hide. Always taking the opposite view, unreasonably, speaks of one's hostility and agenda stemming from one's anti-religious or antichrist view since I am a Christian and Halko, May and Ould are not.

 

What is religion? "The way to God." Those who despise religion reject God, run from Him and go their own way. The nature of the fall is independency. They delusionally imagine they can avoid accountability for their beliefs and actions by denying the existence of God of the Bible even God's very existence. C.S. Lewis said it is like people arguing on a train. They continue to argue even as the train enters town. They are still arguing when the train stops and when they get off the train to go to their nearby communities. But after some time finding no agreement in their communities they decide to head off into the horizon and each build their own shack. If you could look inside their shacks you would see them standing there repeating the phrase, "I told you so." It's a form of insanity in their Hell. Whereas the body of Christ has unity. Praise the Lord! Amen. This explains why the above individuals have behaved so bizarrely towards me after I gave my life to Christ. Christians are not silent Christians. But I do not push my faith on others as they have pushed theirs on me by taking such overt action against me. Do not underestimate how underhanded evil can be and how it slithers through society underneath the radar of the general public.

 

Summary

 

Ultimately, to recapitulate, the reason (1) I am banned from the ARA for life, (2) blocked from running a league which requires ARA approval with r2sports, (3) stymied from building a strong junior base, and (4) prevented from running a sanctioned tournament is because the entire ARA board are a handful of atheists and non-Christians afraid to come out of their comfort zone discriminating against Christians. If they were Christians or a majority were I would be able to contribute and the ARA would embrace these changes. Do you see how unproductive and constricting a person's false faith or world-view can be on their actions and how they treat others? We are witnessing it here.

 

They are not guided by the Holy Spirit (but the evil spirit) indwelling in agreement with God's word that makes the cross real to us because their spirit is dead to God; it has not been quickened with God's life so they are not God's children. It's sad really they want to remain that way. But I would not wish upon my worse enemy where they are headed. This is why the return of Jesus is so important because He "cometh with ten thousands of his saints to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him" (Jude 14,15). Those who overcometh in Christ will reign with "authority over all the nations" (Rev. 2.26), presiding over the ARA also, and "they will rule the nations with an iron rod" (v.27). "They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years" (20.4). "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection...they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" (v.6).

 

In a fallen world in the racquetball community, John Halko, Barbara May and Barry Ould with their corrupted decision making hold the control but this won't last because Jesus is returning for the regeneration of the world (Matt. 19.28) and for the sake of the elect (24.22) that would include me, not Halko, May or Ould. Do you see how God's word comforts us in the face of mistreatment? People who need to behave this way towards believers who say it like it is are always overcompensating for something. Since the Christian knows John Halko, Barbara May and Barry Ould are going to Hell, for they would have given their life to Christ by now, you can get a glimpse of why they attack a Christian who knows this about them. The eyewitness Apostles were killed for the same reason. I personally have never met a person as old as them who ever gave their lives to Christ. Now, just because I know this about them in agreement with the 66 books of the Bible is no reason to discriminate against me as they have done.

 

Evil does not repent so all we can do is expose it on the Internet so that over time people can recollect and reflect upon such evil, read these words to appeal to their conscience, and pray fellow man does not treat others this way in the future. But when such abuse and mistreatment do take place, may you have the courage to stand up against it instead of saying nothing, letting harm come to another.


An interesting side note. I noticed at least one tournament where they liked this logo so much they are using it on their r2sports page (2012 New Jersey State Doubles):

 

 

"Continually test and prove all things; hold fast that which is good" - what proves worthy (1 Thess. 5.21). Whoever loves the truth will agree. "Neither shall ye deal falsely, nor lie one to another" (Lev. 19.11). "He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out" (Prov. 10.9). "For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false" (2 Thess. 2.11). Be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32.23). "Who can bring accusation against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can persecution? As it is written: Because of You [Christ Jesus] we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep among the slaughtered" (Rom. 8.33,35-36). But nothing "will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!" (v.39b)

 

Concern for Justice (Deut. 19.15-20)

Deu 19:15 "A single witness shall not prevail against a man for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed; only on the evidence of two witnesses, or of three witnesses, shall a charge be sustained.
Deu 19:16 If a malicious witness rises against any man to accuse him of wrongdoing,
Deu 19:17 then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days;

I was disallowed this request to be present to disclose the deceit of Barb May.
Deu 19:18 the judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely,
Deu 19:19 then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother; so you shall purge the evil from the midst of you.

Barbara May should have been fired from her job because she intended to harm another through such deceit, sinning bearing false witness, to protect her own hide.
Deu 19:20 And the rest shall hear, and fear, and shall never again commit any such evil among you.

 

These videos touch upon the heart of the matter because what we are really talking about is the conduct of individuals who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior so that is why they act and behave the way they do. They live for self as the center, not Christ.

 

 

2009 Board members of the Alberta Racquetball Association:

 

 

james
James Brayley – President
Calgary, AB
(403) 287-0529
jamesbrayley@shaw.ca
___________________________________________________________________

Gerald Slamko – Treasurer
Edmonton, AB
(780) 481-4008
slamstars@shaw.ca
___________________________________________________________________

Vacant – Secretary

___________________________________________________________________

Marc Caouette – Director
Edmonton, AB
(780) 909-1215
marc@racquetballedmonton.ca

___________________________________________________________________

John Halko – Director
Edmonton, AB
(780) 466-0914
johnh@mcleanyoung.com

___________________________________________________________________

shanda
Shanda McKnight – Director
Lethbridge, AB
(403) 328-9699
shandam@telusplanet.net

___________________________________________________________________

ARA Office

ARA OFFICE
Barbara May – Executive Assistant

St. Albert, AB
(780) 918-5332
albertaracquetball@shaw.ca

"So the master [ARA] commended the unjust steward because she had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light" (Luke 16.8).

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June 12, 2009

 

Barbara May lied in her June 2nd email (emailing several individuals) which was the day after our meeting on June 1st: "I asked you to wait until our meeting before making any decisions. Unfortunately, you did not wait until our meeting and went ahead and posted the event on the R2 Website." 

The development of the lie by Barbara May:

1. When talking to Barb May by phone the week before our meeting and by email on May 25th, I told her I was pursuing the r2sports site and said we need to get it up and running as soon as possible because it is a brand new tournament which needs lots of lead time so players can plan for it. I asked her about how to get it set up (she did not know). Barb never said not to set it up or to hold off on it.

2. Then, I spoke to Marc (ARA Board member) and John (ARA Board member) who had no problem with it. After investigating, I told John there was no way to set it up ourselves. John said to contact Usher (Racquetball Canada President) directly because they must have changed their protocols. R2sports also got back to me and said they forwarded my request to Usher because it is a sanctioned tournament. Usher requested certain information from me then approved it and sent me the site and password for the go-ahead.

3. It was never in question with Barb in our phone conversation or subsequent emails that the tournament might not be held. She knew about the tournament months in advance as did other ARA board members, because we talked about it at the Alberta Closed in March.

4. There were not any so-called "decisions" (word choice in her June 2nd email) that would lead to not using the r2sports website. Rather "things we need to discuss" (word choice in June 1st email) were simply details and don't necessitate delaying getting the R2 site up, otherwise it should have been clearly stated at the outset. Barb was aware the site was set up. We were discussing even before then which logo to use, and I never got a phone call or email to put it on hold or not run it. I was told, "you are running this event not us."

5. A few hours before our meeting I receive an email, "Please do not send an email blast until after we meet today. There are several things we need to discuss" to which I obliged. She said don't send an "email blast," but she fails to mention don't set up the R2 Website!? The only thing put on hold was the email blast. Everything else was a go! She never personally conveyed to me in any way whatsoever not to run the R2 Website before or while she knew it was up and running.

6. In our meeting on Monday, June 1st, she never said to me she told me not to put the site up or there were some decisions we needed to make before doing so. In that meeting, she did say, she wished I didn't set it up without her, but that is not the same thing as saying in her June 2nd email, "I asked you to wait...you did not...and went ahead and posted the event on the R2 Website [anyway]" which is blatant lying. "You are running this event not us" then don't complain how I am running it! I am running it the way we players enjoy playing racquetball tournaments, and I know about this more than Barb would since she is not a player and never has been.

7. She promised in our meeting she would email blast everyone Tuesday from her list following the ARA meeting on Monday, June 8th. The mayhem started when I found out about her doubletalk and made it readily apparent to all. The Bible says be "not doubletongued" (1 Tim. 3.8). If Barbara May was my employee, I would have fired her for being so unethical. And she is not a Christian, that is, she does not believe Jesus is God. Her words and actions flow from her faithlessness.

 

8. Barbara May changed her story and brought in her lie, misrepresenting herself and me, in her email a day AFTER our meeting (emailing several people): "I asked you to wait until our meeting before making any decisions. Unfortunately, you did not wait until our meeting and went ahead and posted the event on the R2 Website." It's unfortunate she feels she has to lie when she was negligent, since she forgot to tell me not to set the R2 Website up for the week prior to the ARA meeting.

 

9. She lied when she said "I ASKED YOU TO WAIT until our meeting before making any decisions." That's a bold faced lie. I was never asked to wait on anything except an email blast. What I wanted to do for this tournament was already decided. I haven't changed anything to the basic design, and our meeting did not change anything either.

 

10. I'm convinced that her dishonesty was for the purpose of retaliating, because I didn't like any of her ideas from our meeting. I found that she contributed nothing to the discussion except suggest a bunch of ideas that would never amount to anything (e.g. single elimination knockout, charging $20 to watch, hold it in a small town, a refereeing competition, referee uniforms, players must wear proper attire, a skills competition, coaching competition, etc.). Racquetball should be informal not so rigid. Privately, after the meeting I emailed Marc my concerns about Barb's misguided approach, obnoxious demeanor and impositions. It is possible Marc forwarded this email to Barb where I said I found her personal skills "annoying," giving an example and mentioning other problems with her disconnect from the sport. Later that day, I received her June 2nd email where she used the word "annoyed" mimicking my annoyance with her. Her petty reason was she claims she received too many emails from me. There were not that many emails. She had sent me almost as many. I didn't find the meeting constructive or helpful at all. Marc wasn't thrilled about her ideas either as I recall in our meeting, for the portion of the meeting he was present for. She assured me at the end of the meeting she would approve of my running the tournament to the ARA board. So what would make her think all of a sudden a day later I can't run the tournament when she would just ruin the tournament with her plans? She wanted to use 4 courts for a cost of $15 per hour per court, but I arranged with the Mayfield Athletic Club to get it done in 2 courts for only $10 per hour per court without her intrusions. Furthermore, Barb really doesn't get it that single elimination ends the tournament too quickly for players.

 

11. Her words seem more like words of someone lashing out. She is trying to sound important! She loses all sense of working together with others effectively, continuing to press her ideas which are not the vision for this tournament. It was completely ignorant on her part to say in her June 2nd email, "I do not have confidence in your ability to effectively run a tournament" and "I do not appreciate the tone of your emails and am concerned about your lack of organization." From approval to denouncing within just a few hours is bizarre! How is she being a good assistant? I am suppose to run everything by her she said. She is intolerant and impossible to work with. In our meeting she conveyed no concern for any disorganization. That would be the time to bring it up. She better be prepared to back up her smearing words. I expressly told her I don't want all the frills that would raise the entry fee to $125 (gouging the 16 players $2,000), but she just doesn't listen and keeps repeating herself like a broken record when I told her already "I've decided" what I wanted which is the same format in my opening email. $50 was decided and my budget was worked out. Barb comes across as an inconsiderate blowhard, wielding her axe in a very pompous, cavalier and denigrating tone. When she accuses of "tone," I couldn't help but think she was projecting her own condition as it came out of nowhere. Marc must have forwarded my email to Barb at which point she pulled out her gun slinging to retaliate. I am not aware of anything more I could do to be more organized nor does she apparently. Running a tournament is a very simple affair. It seems her complacency in her little world was shaken up by this new tournament, and she was afraid to come out of her comfort zone of running just one tournament per year.

 

12. Obviously, she is just trying to cover for herself by being deceitful and probably did not anticipate how efficient I was, quickly getting the R2 Website with the new logo up and running. Her ego might have been hurt how I really couldn't use any of her ideas which were just vain fluff. She doesn't understand what makes a racquetball tournament fun, but I do, for I have been playing in tournaments a long time. If Barb didn't want me to set up the R2 Website without her, or put it on pause, then she should have said something at the start when she knew I was pursuing it or at some point along the way before making up her story. If I am running the tournament then this is my responsibility. And I was assured verbally and in person the tournament was "effectively sanctioned."

 

13. Marc who arrived later at my meeting with Barb told me his son had registered for the tournament which I knew about already and Barb clearly overheard. He never said this was a problem nor did Barb. This directly contradicts Barb May's later statement where she alleges to have told me previously not to set up the R2 Website. During our meeting, never once did Barb say anything to Marc about having told me to "wait" to set up the R2 Website. When a person lies like that, there is no dealing with them. You know what the Bible say about Satan, "he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8.44) whom Barb emulates. One racquetball player told me the decisions she has made over the years have not been very good and jokingly called her the "daughter of Satan" which speaks to her character.

 

14. Barb is lying in saying she indicated not to put up the "R2 Website." "The mouths of liars will be shut" (Ps. 63.11). "For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil" (Eccles. 12.14). "I tell that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matt. 12.36-37).

 

15. What an odd comment for her to say, "Assuming that you would like to go ahead with this tournament...." I am not sure why she would assume this as I couldn't be any clearer with my desire for this tournament to take place.

 

16. I asked James Brayley if I could be at the ARA meeting to defend what I have been saying in the emails, but there was no response. Whatever is going on behind the scenes of the ARA members, I wasn't allowed at the meeting. The ARA is defending her dishonesty and abusive behavior. Now comes their very own Spanish inquisition on June 22 to remove my ARA membership. You know what Jesus did in such situations when He was spat on. There is nothing He could say to such crude people especially when they requested a comment from Him in some later tribunal once the decision was already made. And He said to the disciples to kick the dust under your feet as you leave a place where they don't have an ear to hear. Our Lord said to His disciples, you will be treated by the world like I was treated, for the world does not love the One Who sent Me. It only loves its own in their cunning, worldly ways.

 

17. Barb's negligence and lying go unchecked, yet I am punished for speaking out against it! This is grossly unjust as I defend what I know to be true! There is no evidence to the contrary. What I have produced here remains unchallenged. I don't approve of the way she treats people. None of her ideas are useful or usable. There is no excuse for lying and making up stories to try to discredit me to protect her job. She is suppose to be professional. Lying is not professional. She made a mistake. She refuses to repent. I have received no apology.

 

18. Why did I respond in the first place about her rudeness and misrepresentation then stopped my communication with her and corresponded instead with others including James Brayley? Because she lied which I experienced directly and am the brunt of. I would have nothing to respond to if she told the truth! Her lying misrepresents our discussions, but by speaking up for the truth look what happen, even further injustice. What she is doing is rotten to the core!

 

19. The email blast across Canada was sent out to reach out to higher authorities and general populace about this weird behavior of the ARA board after the tournament was disallowed and I knew the ARA was up to no good by setting up a tribunal without my presence to have my ARA membership removed.

 

20. The ARA can do whatever they want. They don't abide in their own policies. If they want to remove an ARA member arbitrarily they can. If they want to hold onto their one precious ARA tournament per year they can do that too. Nobody can stop them! How unethical. Barb made me chuckle when she said, "I agree that we are in the business of running tournaments." I hope one tournament a year is not too strenuous on her $50,000 salary, $20,000 expense account and does not eat into the ARA's $100,000 revenues and bankroll. What sport could be benefited by such inactivity? In the private sector, Barb May would have been fired by now, and there would be a review of Alberta Racquetball Association's operations and finances. You can really appreciate how when government gets involved everything reduces to a crawl.

 

21. No matter what wrong is committed against me, I still forgive. And though I hate sin, I still am able by the Holy Spirit to love my enemy. This is hard for the world to understand. How do I know the members of the ARA are not Christians? Read here.

 

Barb's personal skills are something not to be desired, and she seems to be over compensating for something. That's not the way to talk to people the way she does. Her tone is lacking any ounce of humility and comes across as quite unfriendly in what is suppose to be an enjoyable atmosphere. She leaves a bad taste in one's mouth, and her presence in racquetball settings makes one cringe.  Far removed from the sport, not a player herself, she lurks around with her all-seeing eye. If we have to have an all-seeing eye government employee watch our every move, I would rather it be someone who loves the sport of racquetball and does not get so annoyed promoting it! From everything I have seen, she is a net negative for racquetball and should be removed from her position.

 

What is the Alberta Racquetball Association doing really to promote racquetball? Only 2 players in the top 50 in Canada? And nobody in the top 25? When was Alberta ever sitting in a worse position?

 

How would you like it if you were handling a project and some outsider came in and belittled the plan with pointless endeavors which you knew would not fly? That is what it is like dealing with Barb. I, also, don't feel she is competent to do her job because what she lacks is a desire to understand the essentials of racquetball and what makes it enjoyable, but instead she wants to change what already works by introducing fruitless activities. Racquetball, for example, does not need big entry fees or uniforms for refs. Ridiculous! What it does need is to introduce the sport to kids in elementary and junior high schools, something she fails to do.

 

I don't see myself having these problems if I went through Marc, Halko or any of the other board members who at least have a history with racquetball to run something as simple as a tournament. When she thinks she can get away with lying to cover her own negligence she will surely do it! James Brayley did not supply the documents requested twice now to lodge a complaint of her conduct to the department of the government which pays her salary. Interestingly, James is the one who recommenced I could lodge this complaint. Anyway, I am being blocked at every turn. "The LORD spoke: 'Go, leave here....'" (Ex. 33.1); that is, no further dealings with the individuals of the ARA. "You are a stiff-necked people" (Ex. 33.5).

 

The Alberta Racquetball Association receives funding and grants from the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation to support the operations and development of the sport of racquetball in the province. The Alberta Racquetball Association, like all other provincial sport and recreation organizations, is an independent body responsible to their own membership. As such, neither the Government of Alberta nor the Foundation are involved in the hiring of individuals, or in any of the other operational matters of any provincially supported sport and recreation association. For anyone who would like to dispute this matter or other goings-on of the ARA, consider approaching the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society for assistance.

 

A Christian would feel guilty if they lied like this, immediately repent, seek forgiveness and reconciliation for their wrong doing, but a non-Christian will keep lying to cover it up come hell or high water. As the Bible says, "ye shall know them by their fruits."

 

Troy Brooks


June 11, 2009

 

It's amazing how non-Christians, from that Canada-wide email through R2 Sports have raised their voice like Ken Gibson speaking against Jesus Christ. I don't accept how the ARA are such control freaks! on a power trip! A more conscientious, professional and mature response from James Brayley, instead of being evasive and covering up for Barb May, might go something personable like this:

 

Troy, thank you for your thorough responses and concerns. I will immediately look into the matter of the misconduct of Barbara May misrepresenting herself and you, why this would be an issue for you and makes things difficult. I can see where she may have overstepped her boundaries. I do look forward to sanctioning your tournament, as we definitely need some more sanctioned tournaments in our province.

 

I noticed a similarity to discrimination against card counters in blackjack. The card counter is a frustrating anomaly to the casinos like Jesus is to the world. Likewise, as a Christian, I frustrate the entirely non-Christian ARA board by speaking up against lying when others do not. And like casinos bar the card counter and take all kinds of discriminatory actions against us, so too does the ARA seek to remove my ARA membership and prevent sanctioning. They both use the same excuses, tactics and vague accusations. But what was their real motivation? 1) The entire ARA Board are antichrists. If you are not for Him you most certainly are against Him; 2) money seems to be an issue. I asked Barb about the ARA's $100,000 in revenues why players see so little of it? Asking about Barbara May's $50,000 salary plus $20,000 in expenses really set her off. 

 

For the Alberta Racquetball Association to arbitrarily without any specific reason given block sanctioning the Alberta Racquetball Top 16 Invitational and revoke my ARA membership is brutal. It reminds me of how the twelve tribes forced Aaron to make golden calf: "they gathered around Aaron and said to him, 'Come, make us a god...'" (Ex. 32.1) because of their impatience (Moses "delayed coming down" v.1a) and unwillingness to clearly examine what was said to them (cf. Ex. 20-31) like in these emails with conscientious hearts and empathy. Instead they "revel" (v.6) for "I have seen this people, and they are indeed a stiff-necked people" (v.10); "I hear the sound of singing!" (v.18) Then judgment came. "The calf they made" (their idol) was eventually "burned up and ground to powder...scattered..." (v.20) in the water, and made for them to drink. "You yourself know that the people are intent on evil" (v.22). I don't expect non-Christians to understand this.

 

James Brayley (President) "let them [the ARA] get out of control," even himself ("had let them" v.25). But this is God's reply, "Whoever is for the Lord, come to me" (v.26), for "you have brought a great blessing on yourselves" (v.29) who stand up against unrighteousness, against "this people who have committed a great sin; they have made for themselves a god of gold" (v.31). But the Lord God says "on the day I settle accounts, I will hold them accountable for their sin" (v.34) and "the LORD inflicted a plague on the people for what they did with the calf [their idol]": "The denial of the ARA sanction means that your tournament will not be eligible for the sanctioning benefits such as insurance, advertising and court rental subsidy.... The ARA deems this matter closed." "The LORD spoke: 'Go, leave here....'" (Ex. 33.1)-no further dealings with the individuals of the ARA.

 

"Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land that you are going to enter; otherwise, they will become a snare among you. Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars (of lying and defending lies), and chop down their Asherah poles. You are never to bow down to another god because the LORD, being jealous in nature, is a jealous God" (Ex. 34.13). Asherah is a Canaanite fertility goddess like the Roman Church's goddess, who was the mother of the god Baal which sacrificed humans in the fiery mouth of Molech. "Do not make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land, or else when they prostitute themselves with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, they will invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifice" (v.15). Then the children would be negatively impacted (v.16). I had a choice to either kowtow to unrighteousness or stand up for what is right. I chose the latter.

 

The ARA, starting with Barb May, has made every effort to divert attention off of themselves to not address legitimate complaints against Barbara May. It leads one to believe their inner motivation is sheer prejudice, discrimination and intolerance towards the Christian from an entirely non-Christian ARA Board. There has been a history of hostility towards Jesus Christ and Christians by some of these board members.

 

Have you noticed people in power quite often don't handle themselves very graciously when challenged? That's the nature of the flesh and is simply pride which begets a haughty spirit toppling on more abuse. I am not aware of a higher court to engage in an appeal process with Racquetball Canada. Perhaps one should be set up! I have emailed all the board members of Racquetball Canada on June 12/09 to ask what can be done, but it appears there is no recourse.

 

Troy Brooks