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Sep 12, 2017

Boiton Wants Zenaida Out; ex-Mayor Says No

The icing on the cake on Sunday was an announcement of a letter from Emma Boiton, long-time pageant coordinator, who effectively terminated Moya’s tenure as coordinator under the authority of the Loyal and Patriotic Order of the Baymen. Boiton ordered Moya to turn over all relevant material and correspondence for the committee and records of the recent pageant as she resumed her duties. The letter, dated September tenth, further states that Moya is not to make any decision, issue any instruction and perform any duty in the post, including but not limited to participating in the coronation. But can you be fired from a volunteer position? Moya told us that while she respects Miss Boiton, the position is more difficult than that.


Zenaida Moya

Zenaida Moya, National Coordinator, Queen of the Bay Committee

“When I speak I’ll speak very delicately, because I want everyone to know that that is a woman that I love dearly, I respect her and I will not say bad anything against her – plain, straight up, right? She had selected me, when she had gotten a stroke, to take over the mantle; she had passed on the mantle to me as Queen of the Bay coordinator. That was public, everybody knew that; I took on the reins to head it; we had our first annual Queen of the Bay state ball, we had our pageant that was recorded that I was the pageant coordinator then. And since I have not given up anything and it is an autonomous body – it’s not owned by anyone. It is an autonomous body, it’s not owned by an individual so no individual can give something and take back. The reins were passed; we have a Committee; it’s not only me. Yes, I am the coordinator, I am the chairperson of the Queen of the Bay Committee, but there is a full-fledged committee made up of members that have been carrying through the job. And it’s a non-paid job; it’s volunteer work, so you can’t fire anybody; you haven’t hired anybody. There’s no pay or anything; you’re volunteering because it’s a matter of trying to ensure your tradition moves on and of course for patriotism’s sake. You do it because you are a patriotic individual.”


According to Moya, the position involves as much as six months of work in the course of the year and much resources.

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1 Response for “Boiton Wants Zenaida Out; ex-Mayor Says No”

  1. Mark Hall says:

    If the Queen of the Bay Committee is a registered non-profit organization, Its By Laws would address whether Ms. Moya could be removed. In the absence of that, a majority vote would be needed.

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