>   After just three months serving on the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors, Toni Brown has resigned.
   In a letter to the editor in the Oct. 5 issue of the Madras Pioneer, Brown said that even though she had attended several meetings before her election in May, she learned that she could not be "an effective advocate for turning the dire situation around."
   Brown declined to elaborate on her comments regarding the aquatic center's financial situation, other than to say that she has served on other boards and been a financial administrator.
   "The community needs to support it," she said, noting that she plans to continue to be an advocate for the pool. "It's going to be tough."
   Sally Bird-Gauvin, MAC board chairwoman, said Brown resigned via an email.
   "I don't know why she resigned; we haven't even had a board meeting to discuss it," said Bird-Gauvin.
   As for the district's financial situation, she said it hasn't changed since Brown took office in July.
   "We're looking into the process to fill the position," said Bird-Gauvin.
   Board member Dave Evans, who has served on the board since it was formed in 2004, noted that there is nothing new regarding the MAC's finances.
   "The financial situation still isn't great," he said, adding, that there are "some things that have been put in place to improve the situation and they are working."
   "We've made some staffing changes that have been helpful," Evans said. "I'm pretty pleased with that; there's still a lot of work to do."
   "I hope the MAC finds an answer and the community gets behind them," said Brown.
   The next board meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at the aquatic center.
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