August 15, 2018 by Karin Griffin
Be Faithful Coker spoke about the completion of the connective summer camp. It was noticed that the art from the Students from White Springs was hanging on the wall. She stated that various citizens helped out through the summer including 21st Century. Then the ungratefulness began and I have never seen anything like this. This is about the fourth time Rhett Bullard has taken after Helen Miller verbally and sarcastically taking the word of Ms. Be Faithful Coker as the truth, even those others confirmed Ms. Coker had lied.
H.B. Calder, PhD, Dr. Miller’s friend and benefactor. through his Donor foundation had contributed $134,500 from 2010 and 2015. He also contributed another $15,000 which was paid through Hamilton County for payment to White Springs’ H.O.P.E. program by reason that Dr. Miller did not trust White Springs Staff. One of the Charges made against Dr,. Miller was the fact that she requested a check for payment of a HOPE Program’ employee and the money had not been received from Hamilton County at the time. All staff would have to do was to contact Hamilton County for the necessary funds.
Apparently there was some woodworking equipment held in the DeLegal Building which Dr. Miller felt could be donated to Be Faithful’s 501 (c) (3) So Dr. Miller wishing to assist B. Faithful wrote a letter to Mr. Calder seeing whether the equipment could be donated. In the meantime, B. Faithful was worried about the valuation of the equipment and she indicated that if it was valued to high she could not use the loophole for her 501 (c) (3) due to the fact that her assets would be too high to qualify. So apparently Be Faithful wrote to Dr. Miller by e-mail and she said she had never received a response. Since she was fearful that she would not be able to take her exemptions, she and her board decided they did not wish the equipment, which Dr. Miller said she could store at Dr. Miller’s house until she had the room to store it.
Instead Be Faithful became very nasty about the equipment and said that she wished Helen Miller’s letter rescinded because she had not authorized Dr. Miller to transfer said equipment on her behalf. It appears no good deed goes unpunished. And when Rhett Bullard was told that the equipment was in the DeLegal building in storage, Rhett Bullard sarcastically told Dr. Miller that how did Mr. Calder feel the equipment was his? He said that others gave money toward the H.O.P.E. program so how does he feel or Dr. Miller feel that she had the right to transfer the equipment since it is the property of White Springs. .”How do we know it is Calder’s foundation or other people” are Rhett Bullards exact words.
Be Faithful stated she had brought up the money to Helen Miller at the last meeting and that Anita Rivers “Cursed her” in front of her children and said no one should do that in front of her children.
Mr. Calder wrote a letter to our Town Attorney Karen Hatton with a carbon copy to our Town Manager asking that the equipment be transferred to B. Faithful’s 5013C.
Be Faithful said that $13,000 in funds was promised by Helen Miller on 05/16/2018 who stated that she could not make such a promise because it was Mr. Calder’s foundation who decides what it will contribute. Be Faithful felt that $13,000 was the amount she was to receive and she only received $10,000 from the foundation on August 1st . She stated she was $3,000 short and since the Town was in partnership with Be Faithful she first demanded the money from the Town and later “asked” the Town to contribute.
Somewhere along the line, Rhett Bullard made a very sarcastic crack about Helen Miller relating to the money inferring that the Town had seen this type of Situation before. Now the situation he was referring to was one in which Dr. Miller or the Town could have asked Hamilton County School District for the money at any time and Hamilton County School District would have sent it to the Town. But no, the Town would rather place the blame on another council member, Helen Miller who has done so much for the Town’s Children in all of these years. Where was the “Thank you Helen Miller”? Even Nicole Williams stated Be Faithful was lying.
Be Faithful continued stating Helen Miller wished four students to attend at $500 each. Helen Miller said this was because most of the students in White Springs could not afford the fees and she wished to assure that there were White Springs Children attending. Then B. Faithful said that Dr. Miller wished $4,000 for Anita Rivers to be a contract employee, which her 501 (c) (3) does not offer. She stated she has 7-12 volunteers who have Bachelors and PhD degrees and all she pays is their fuel and mileage. Be Faithful then asked why she should pay Anita Rivers $4,000 (Dr. Miller said the children were comfortable with Anita). At that point, Nicole Williams stated Be Faithful lied but was not given the opportunity to speak or would be forcefully removed the meeting.
Dr. Miller wished to assure Dr. Calder that White Springs’ children attended so she had asked Be Faithful to provide information as to which Students attended the program. She said that she would disclose which children from White Spring attended after she asked the Parents if they were willing to provide that information to Helen Miller. All parents did except for three and one parent said that if she had known Dr. Miller was handling the monetary donations, they would not have been involved in the program, per Be Faithful.. Only Walter McKenzie was able to speak on behalf of Dr. Miller’s character. We have seen it ourselves. You can help the people of White Springs, give them money, give them jobs, treat them fairly and they will still be ungrateful and lie about you.
Then Be. Faithful continued and stated that they received $10,000 with no thanks given for that portion of the contribution, but she continued that she needs the other $3,000. She further stated that since she was not paid until August 1st that she incurred additional costs because of the lateness of this money.
She stated that once she received authorization from Dr. Calder, that she contacted him immediately by telephone and assumed on May 16th that the funds would be received before the start up of the program. She said she sent four e-mails and no follow up mail and sent a letter to Dr. Calder. She finally received $10,000 on August 11th. There was a concern there were no students from White Springs.
At one point Rhett Bullard asked if when White Springs received the money from Dr. Calder, whether it was before or after the program and Pam Tomlinson said it was before. So then Rhett implied that it is a usual thing for Helen to do something like that but only implied he had seen that before.
Dr. Miller was asked why the payment came so late after Walter McKenzie stated he knows Helen Miller and she would not stiff anyone. Helen stated she does not act as an agent for the H.P. Calder Foundation. Nor can she authorize any set payment amount. She indicated that his foundation once Calder authorizes it to do the additional work of investigating an “unknown” charity. The amount of money given to Be Faithful’s charity was up to Dr. Calder, and Dr. Miller in no way can answer on his or his foundation’s behalf.
Helen Miller then asked Nikki Williams to speak on her behalf since Nikki had more information on the details than Dr. Miller felt she had. Nikki stated this started back in February and at the time B. Faithfull stated she did not want any White Springs’ kids in her program who were not refined. Nikki said that In the First Week of Febuary, she and Be Faithfull went to Helen Miller’s house for an impromptu meeting, along with Anita Rivers. Nikki and Anita were talking about having a fund raiser but Be Faithful said she does not do fund raisers. It may be mentioned that Nikki and Anita are cousins to Be Faithful.
They explained what they did in the H.O.P.E. Program and it was understood that Columbia County would provide $50,000 plus three different businesses providing $25,000 so she needed $13,000 from Dr. Miller’s benefactor. Nikki stated that she wanted $400-500 from low income people and when another person had five children, she quoted $25.00 for the first child and $246 for the balance as a flat rate. It was decided there would be four children from White Springs at $500 each and Luke would provide the transportation. Nikki had asked the Police Department if they would volunteer on their time off and they agreed. Then Be Faithful Coker decided to put them on a time slot and they could not be placed on as volunteers at a specific time because of their jobs.
Nikki then stated that she had recorded the conversation on her phone. Attorney Hatton said that Nikki could not use that information because Be Faithful did not know she was being recorded and did not give her permission.. First Rhett told Nikki she could not use it and then he changed his mind and said maybe it would be good to hear what was said.
Be Faithful further slammed Dr. Miller, Nikki Williams and Anita Rivers that this was a “Performing Arts Program” and not a H.O.P.E. program and there was a $25 Registration Fee. She said she had spent money for marketing and like a “Dog to a Bone” she was led.
Be Faithful said the Kids through the 21st Century Partnership had a good time. They enjoyed the special meetings. Although the Kids received a service Dr, Calder only paid $10,000 instead of $13,000.
Dr, Miller stated Dr, Calder owns five homes and that Be Faithfull’s letter went to Nevada and he was not at that location.. She said that the $10,000 did not materialize immediately because the J.P. Morgan System had to view information on the new foundation. It takes more time, with a new 501 (c) (3) than one in which they have already dealt with.
Rhett then hammered Helen Miller as to why the money was not sent to White Springs and White Springs could have paid Be Faithful since they are in partnership. Helen Miller stated “Because of the way you have treated me”.
Rhett felt we had to make the $3,000 good and asked Stacy Tebo if we had the money. Walter McKenzie said that it needed to be discussed at a special meeting. Then McKenzie said he is very disturbed that people trying to help are suddenly in a position on differences. Intentions play the system in good faith and he would like to not see the rhetoric. He asked if we paid the $3,000 would she humbly accept it and not do what she stated in her letter.
Faithful said the Money is only Part one. Part 2 was to send Dr. Calder a letter which she has already done demanding the money. Part 3 I missed Part 4 was to send a complaint on Walter McKenzie for bribery to the Commission on Ethics, the Attorney General and the City Council.
Since I do not have a copy of the letter, I believe she stated she would make it legal on behalf of John White Legal Model.
Karen Hatton said before copies were provided the council no one but Attorney Hatton and Manager Tebo would have seen the letter.