More Reports on 2000 Annual Meeting & Legal Adjustments

[Original publication date: October 9, 2000]

More details of the Watch Tower Society’s 2000 Annual Meeting

This week was an outstanding one, marked by some rather historic changes. You may already have heard some general comments (or rumors) about it, but I thought that at least I could outline some details or particulars, especially since so many points were read off quickly at the annual meeting that the heads of most were spinning.

Old Watchtower HQ

As you know, for many decades the Governing Body was equated with the 7 directors of the Watch Tower Society (Pennsylvania corporation). Then in 1972 the Governing Body was expanded. But the directors remained all from the anointed and part of the GB. Now, however, things were changing. At talks on Saturday it was pointed out that the two groups (directors and GB)were not to be equated, and the Governing Body could exist without the other “legal society” even existing. At the private business meeting this time all 7 directors resigned, and the members of the corporation (337 in number) replaced them with 7 brothers of the “Other Sheep.” The new directors are:
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‘Disruptive’ Firefighter Suspended Without Pay

[Original publication date: June 25, 2000]

‘Disruptive’ firefighter suspended without pay
The Pinellas Park district chief recommends firing the firefighter, who claims religious discrimination.
By ANNE LINDBERG
St. Petersburg Times, published June 25, 2000

PINELLAS PARK — A firefighter who was twice disciplined for sleeping through alarms and has claimed that his co-workers are biased against his religion has been suspended without pay and asked to explain why he should not be fired.

Barac Wimberly, 28, was suspended without pay Thursday after fire officials said his job performance was substandard and had declined after he had been warned many times that he needed to improve. Wimberly earns $29,382 a year.

“I believe termination is the right course of action,” Pinellas Park district chief Art Winquist, who oversees Wimberly’s shift, wrote in a memo Thursday recommending the firing.

Pinellas Park, Florida
Pinellas Park, Florida

“Although he has attended training classes, firefighter Wimberly has worked unsuccessfully for a number of supervisors and has consistently demonstrated an inability or unwillingness to perform up to expectations,” Winquist wrote.

“Additionally, his performance and conduct are becoming increasingly disruptive to the department.”

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Jehovah’s Witness Died After Refusing Transfusion

[Original Publication Date: January 20, 2000]

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The Guardian – UK – Thursday January 20, 2000
Reported By Helen Carter

A Jehovah’s Witness died after she refused to have a blood transfusion which would have saved her life, because it was against her religious beliefs.

Beverley Matthews, 33, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was suffering from toxic shock syndrome when she was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with chronic sickness and diarrhoea last November.

She failed to respond to antibiotics and her condition deteriorated rapidly. Hospital consultants told her that she would have a 30% chance of survival if she had a blood transfusion, but she and her family refused. Mrs Matthews died several hours later.

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