Dear New Board by luminate

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									Dear New Board,

        I’ve been referring to you as the “New Board” for quite some time now. It’s good
to be able to officially address you now. I feel as though I should put something in
writing to you, as an outgoing gesture of good faith.

         The Club is in a very different place now than it was at this time last year. Last
year, so many people were saying that Commonwealth was folding, that there wasn’t
going to be a club this year, etc., etc. It was pretty dismal. Quite frankly, I needed the
club for another year, and I set out to keep it afloat for a year. There were many times I
didn’t think we were going to make it. But my goal was to simply survive (and if anyone
knows a thing or two about surviving, it’s me). And so we did survive. The club has
members, money and a home rink. It is viable. The fact that you are sitting and reading
this tells me that all of the work and effort was worth it.

        I’d like to give you some advice, if you don’t mind. Don’t take anyone’s advice.
I’m serious. There are going to be some people, who won’t serve on the board, but still
would like to tell you what to do. They like to manipulate things from behind the scenes.
And they seem, at first blush, to be so helpful. But, you are the people who have stepped
forward and taken responsibility; you know what you are doing. You can do this—it’s a
skating club, not brain surgery. I mean, really, if I did it, you certainly can. So do what
you think in your heart and in your head is the right thing to do at that particular time and
you will be fine. I learned a long time ago: just because you do something once does not
mean you ever have to do it again. Just take the time to think through the ramifications
of your decisions; there is nothing wrong with taking things under advisement—even if it
ticks off some people. Each decision affects someone else and believe me there were
times that the most innocuous of decisions seemed to ruin someone else’s life.

        If you ever have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail me. If you want
my help, just ask me. I wish you all the best and I thank you from the bottom of my
heart. If you did not choose to serve on the board, it would have all been for nothing.
After Katrina, Tulane’s motto was “Survive, then thrive”. So go ahead and thrive. I’m
looking forward to Ice Capers 2010.

                                                      All the best,
                                                      Debbie

								
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