When the going gets tough in nonprofit governance land -- understand, take action and be sure to tell eveyone what happened and what you did.
Perhaps as a poster child of relatively responsible governance, the board of an area soccer association is taking action now that it knows its former treasurer stole about $65,000 over a five year period.
You might say, wait, this is a responsible board that took five years to learn that it's treasurer had been a thief? Yes, this gives me pause too. Yes, it appears there have been some mistakes. I'm speculating that the officers did not have term limits on their positions. I am hearing this to be a pretty frequent practice likely with the experience that once a board gets someone to serve, they don't want to let go. I find that the secretary and treasurer are the two least sought-after position mostly because these jobs are more like jobs requiring actual work.
Anyway, yes, there does seem to have been a gaffe somewhere along the line. One would think that the loss of this much money, let's say $10k annually, should show up. But, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the thief in question did a fine job of masking their withdrawals. Better part of the story though is the action to speak to the public openly about the situation (assuring calm) and promising changes. This is what I believe the donor public in particular wants to hear.
Better than usual job soccer assocation!