nor was it on the agenda for the Feb, 2017 meeting
but it WAS on the January 26, 2017 meeting.
So far as I can tell from reading the agenda, taking the invocation off the agenda was not an action item discussed with the board. Did the board know? Were they informally told?Did somebody just up and make a decision without board input and out of the public eye?
Had to go back and look and see when it was that the board decided to start having prayers. As I recall, the Somervell County Hospital Authority board, the appointed, non-elected board under Somervell County Commissioners Court, did not do prayer. The first regular meeting on June 26, 2014 did not have an invocation
The first time invocations were discussed was at the July 31 2014 meeting, which did not have a prayer but included discussing having a prayer as an action item. IN other words, instead of someone just unilaterally deciding to do something out of the public eye, this was at least transparent and on the agenda.
From the minutes
So, again, the invocation is just all of a sudden dropped from the agenda, with no consensus from the board at an open meeting. You would think that, since it was an agenda item to approve having it, that there would be a corresponding item on an agenda to stop having it. The public is left wondering, why did this happen and who decided it?
Could it be because, every time I can remember, Michael Honea did the invocation and it was a partisan prayer? (Went back and watching the video and sometimes Ray Reynolds did the prayer. In 2015, Susan Price also did the prayer sometimes) When Ron Hankins president, he referred to Ray doing the prayer in place of Michael Honea). Somervell County Hospital District would have needed to have a prayer policy that opened up the right of anyone in the community to do an invocation, and not just selected Honea to do it. Of course I don't know that for sure because somebody just up and changed the agenda without any notice to the board at large nor the public.
Ron Hankins and Chip Harrison absolutely also did the wrong thing in asking Michael Honea (or anyone else) to "lead" the group in the invocation.
Nov 17, 2016 meeting - Ron Hankins "Michael, you want to lead us, say the invocation for us?" Honea; You all pray with me"
June 30, 2016 meeting -Ron Hankins "Michael are you going to lead us in the invocation?"
It was assumed, apparently, during 2016, that Michael Honea would always be doing the prayer, or Ray would fill in if Honea not there.
May 26, 2016 meeting Ron Hankins "Ray, in the absence of Michael, would you like to (unintelligible) invocation, please sir
January 28, 2016 meeting Chip Harrison "Michael, would you lead us in prayer?"
March 26, 2015 meeting Chip Harrison" Susan Price is going to lead us in the invocation"
Feb 26, 2015 meeting Chip Harrison: Michael, I believe you're going to lead us in the invocation and in the pledge"
Jan 26, 2017- Michael Honea- christian prayer
Dec 29, 2016- Ray Reynolds "Michael's not here so I'll fill in for him" -christian prayer
Nov 17, 2016- Ron Hankins "Michael, you want to lead us in the, say the invocation for us?" -Michael Honea- christian prayer
October 27, 2016 - Michael Honea-christian prayer
Sep, 2016 -Michael Honea-christian prayer
August 2016- Ray Reynolds- christian prayer
July 28 2016-Michael Honea- christian prayer
June 30 2016- Michael Honea- christian prayer
May 26, 2016 Ron Hankins "Ray, in the absence of Michael, would you like to do the invocation?" Ray Reynolds - christian prayer
April 28, 2016 Ray Reynolds - christian prayer
March 31, 2016 Chip Harrison "did Michael volunteer to do the prayer and the pledge?" MIchael Honea - christian prayer
Feb 25, 2016- Michael Honea, christian prayer
Jan 28 2016 Chip Harrison "Michael, would you lead us in the invocation and the pledge please" Michael Honea- christian prayer
Dec 17 2015- Ray Reynolds -christian prayer
Nov 19, 2015- Michael Honea -christian prayer
Oct 19 2015- Michael Honea -christian prayer
Sep 24, 2015-Chip Harrison asks Michael Honea to "lead us in the invocation and the pledge please" christian prayer
August 27, 2015 Chip Harrison asks Michael Honea to "lead us in the pledge please... I'm doing this wrong, Susan would you lead us in the prayer please"- Susan Price - christian prayer
July 30 2015- Susan Price- christian prayer
June 25, 2015- Susan Price-christian prayer
May 28, 2015- Michael Honea- christian prayer
April 30 2015- Susan Price- christian prayer
March 26, 2015- Chip Harrison- "Susan Price is going to lead us in the invocation" - Susan Price- christian prayer
Feb 26, 2015 Chip Harrison "Michael, I believe you're going to lead us in the invocation and the pledge both" - Michael Honea- christian prayer