Filoli's beleaguered executive director, Cynthia D'Agosta, has released a statement in which she apologizes to volunteers for how the divisive volunteer agreement was presented.
"As executive director of Filoli, I will be the first to admit that we could have done a better job in laying the groundwork for the introduction of the volunteer agreement last December, and for that I apologize to those volunteers who saw this as somehow demeaning their work or their contributions to Filoli," she wrote.
In the statement D'Agosta characterizes those who gave up their volunteer jobs rather than sign the new agreement as "a small but vocal group."
"But even when our board agreed to drop the provision that was the most divisive -- a liability waiver similar to those used by countless other organizations to reduce the risk of frivolous litigation -- a small but vocal group of advocates has continued to insist that the very introduction of a volunteer agreement is an insult to the volunteer corps," she writes.
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