Below is a statement from Kayla Phillips, Region 4 Director, in response to various Facebook posts and email inquiries regarding her recent purchase of a business in a region other than her home state.
Additionally, please know that the ABC BOD did review the clubs Bylaws regarding this matter and has also consulted with the parliamentarian we have on retainer.
While the Bylaws state a region director must reside in the region they are representing, the Bylaws do not cover the situation wherein a member has or acquires property in more than one region, how to determine the state of residency. Therefore, we must rely on certain “norms,” such as state of drivers’ license issuance, voting, and taxes to determine residency. Kayla’s statement below covers those.
I am writing to address the questions that the membership has raised about my recent purchase of another business, this time in New Jersey, as some members are concerned about which region will be my primary residence.
My primary and legal residence is, and will continue to be, in Oregon, with the majority (six+ months of the year) of my time spent in Oregon. My drivers license will remain an Oregon license, and I will continue to pay taxes as an Oregon resident.
This business is a “turn-key” operation that does not require my daily operational involvement, nor will the excellent staff that I have at this business require my full-time presence. If my family and business plans change such that I find that I will be in New Jersey more than six months of the year, then I will resign the position as the Region 4 Director. But at this time, that is not the situation, nor is it my plan.
I apologize for my Facebook post causing people to think that I am leaving Oregon. The kennel and house in New Jersey are wonderful and a great business opportunity, but my heart, home, and legal residence is in Oregon.
We hope that this adequately addresses the questions some have.