Saturday, 23 May 2009

Sarah Palin's Valley friends

Five members of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce's board of directors abruptly resigned Wednesday and at least three, including the former board president, are now calling for an outside audit to investigate how money has been spent by the group's executive director.

Former board president Cheryl Combs, in a written statement about her resignation, cited concerns that Executive Director Cheryl Metiva may have "inappropriately spent" money for personal expenses and without board approval.

Two board members said they decided to resign in part because of threats from Metiva's husband, Marty Metiva.

Susan Crowder said Metiva left a message Tuesday on her voice mail at work. In the call, which she played back for a reporter, Metiva demands the board give back $1,000 he gave to the chamber from the Polar Plunge charity event in February.

"Since you do not want the money that this was uh, uh and to use it for the purpose it was designated, I demand my check back..." he states. "And if you don't give you my money back, it will not be very nice for the Chamber of Commerce board of directors."

Crowder said the board decided to give the money to charity, including the United Way of Mat-Su and the Wasilla senior center, because the event was advertised as raising money for charity.

Marty Metiva, the event organizer, wanted the money to go to the chamber.

Crowder said she considered it inappropriate for Marty Metiva to give the money from the event to the chamber, which pays his wife's salary. But Metiva said the money was actually from his own pocket.

From the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce website:

Cheryl Metiva is the Executive Director of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce. Her leadership has grown membership and community relationships during this exciting stage in Wasilla’s development. Metiva has a strong background in the tourism industry, retail sales and community activities. In addition to being Executive Director of the GWCC, Metiva also serves on the Board of the Mat-Su Convention & Visitor Bureau, and Mat-Su Resource, Conservation & Development, Inc.

Some quotes by Cheryl Metiva when Sarah Palin was tapped by John McCain:

"She's more woman than Hillary and she's more man than Hillary," said Cheryl Metiva, who attends Wasilla Bible Church with Palin. "She's a feminist on a mission. She's very much in touch with being a wife and a mother and a girlfriend to the women in her life." Boston.com

"This is her hometown," said Cheryl Metiva, executive director of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, which coordinated the so-called "Rally at the Valley." KTVA

"We like to call this the Bible Belt of Alaska," says Cheryl Metiva, head of the local chamber of commerce. Churches proliferate in Wasilla today, and among the largest and most influential is the Wasilla Bible Church, where the Palins worship. TIME

Cheryl and her husband Marty are the couple in the center of the photo, taken at Sarah Palin's Inaugural Ball.

Marty Metiva ran for mayor of Wasilla last year, but lost to Verne Rupright. The couple are on the Iditarod Trail committee, which has just lost sponsorship money from Wasilla as it was omitted from the city's budget at the direction of Mayor Verne Rupright. Iron Dog also lost Wasilla's sponsorship.

I found a couple of quaint videos as well. Please note Sarah's elaborate hairstyle...

Joe Schmidt and a few other known faces appears in the second one.





Unauthorized expenditure... it reminds me of Sarah Palin when she spent $50,000 redecorating her mayor's office without council approval: "I'm the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can't."

Birds of a feather flock together. Sarah Palin has been palling around with unethical people...

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palins witch killing bretheren have spread all over the Congo.They are maiming,beating,burning children in the name of Christianity and Palin judging her past history APPROVES Muthee said she had a witch in residence in her.Seems she pals around with child abusers

sandra said...

Regina, thank you for the update on the resignations. I enjoyed the videos and was surprised that I recognized some of the people dancing.

Anonymous said...

I know that this post really belongs to the previous topic, but something strange caught my eye. In the picture of Bristol holding the zonked out Tripp(?) during the TV interview-- that kid looks much larger than the baby Graduate Bristol is proudly holding while she is wearing her cap and gown (People Magazine). I don't have the photo or tech skills, put perhaps some one can compare Zonked Tripp with Graduate Tripp and see if they are the same size or even the same kid. (They probably are, but the People Picture seems to be a smaller, younger baby. Or did Graduate Bristol take her class picture months ago??)
I just scrolled down to see my word and it is reigrad-- make of it as you will.

Anonymous said...

Sarah's doo reminds me of the Marge Simpson style hairdoo. As they say the higher the hair, the closer to god.

lisabeth said...

I just could not stand toblisten but I watched. The hair, the hair!! Yikes! Marge Simpson is good or Wilma from the Flintstones? These people live in a different world. One I am very glad I'm not part of.....

KB in Wasilla said...

That "hair" is a hair piece.

Anonymous said...

Thank god we live in an age where voice recorders and cameras are affordable to average people.

Being able to document what actually happened is a priceless ability when you are dealing with liars. I look forward to seeing how those involved will try to "spin" this threat.

(Deep bow) Thank you people of Wasilla who refuse to be corrupted or intimidated. You give me faith in the human race.

crystalwolf aka caligrl said...

Dear Regina,Thanks so much for posting this!!! I found this article early friday morning, and KNEW she was connected to GINO! It seems these WBC people are just so....? Not close to god or ethics?? I have a feeling the people who quit have a story to tell and I think Wasilla is splitting into sides, the liars and truthtellers! I think the liars, are going to have something blow up in the faces very soon...
I think there is definitely more to this story and ties to GINO big time, just like Kristen coale, dairygate etc. Its like a den of snakes up there!
You are the first blogger I've seen posting of this!

Anonymous said...

hey Sarah, 1975 called they want their hair doo back!

Anonymous said...

I was going to say that they must have used a case of Aquanet until I read that was a hairpiece.

The other thing I noticed is jeeze, her hands look OLD! She's my age, and my 70 YO mother's hands don't look like that. The 85 YO lady next doors hands look like Palin's.

AKPetMom said...

Sarah wears the "bumpit" in her hair...haven't you all seen the late night infomercials advertising the bumpit? Hubby and I make bumpit jokes all the time; we're always wondering why women want to look like they have a giant rounded horn growing from the back of their heads!
I stuffed the card board roll from a used toilet paper roll under my hair one night and then did a pony tail over it and achieved the "bumpit" effect. Yep, we get bored up here in the winter :-)

Anonymous said...

SCAM ARTISTS AND CON ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WAKE UP WASILLA~!~~~~ARE YOU FOLKS THAT NAIVE?

Anonymous said...

Hey Marty...when the Chamber gives you back your money, how bout giving Laura back what you owe her when you scammed her out of her retirement $$$ and ran off owing your creditors...the ones who also skip traced you to Pennsylvania!!! People are on to how you operate...now you seemed to have found your true soulmate....