Something very upsetting has happened within the past week. I was not going to write about it, but there are tongues wagging and I am receiving emails and hearing inaccurate speculations of what “really happened”.
As many of you know, Dan and I announced several weeks ago that we would not be involved with TASA next winter. I was not going to run for Secretary/trail reporter/membership and Dan would not be grooming. This was due to our decision to head south next fall and winter.
A couple of weeks ago, Prez /trail boss Bob Brown and his wife, Judy Brown Treasurer/Grant Writer announced that they too would not be running for office this election.
It was a difficult for all of us to come to this decision and make this announcement. We have all been involved with TASA for many years. But burn out and health issues made the decision for us.
Newberry News interviewed Bob, Judy and me (Dan was grooming so he could not be part of the interview). They put a very nice, informative article in the Newberry News with a photo of the 3 of us. Some people were very upset over the title of the article which read “OFFICER BURN OUT THREATENS FUTURE OF TASA”. The article was written in hopes of getting other people involved with TASA; new warm bodies to accept positions. After all, these are volunteer positions (groomer operators do get paid minimum wage) and we all know how difficult it is to get people to volunteer. People don’t seem to mind sitting back and criticizing those who DO volunteer. In fact sometimes the ONLY time you hear from some people IS when they have a complaint. Ya know how that goes.
This is exactly what happened at the last meeting. Bob and Judy could not attend the meeting that night due to circumstances that required their immediate attention elsewhere.
Without going into the “he said, she said” info (because those 10 or 12 other people who were at the meeting DO know what really happened), let me just say, things were said by one individual that should NOT have been said without Bob or Judy being there to refute the issues.
It all got back to Bob and Judy that very night. About an hour after they got home, one of the TASA members present at the meeting called them and told them what had been said. Dan and I hoped in our hearts it was NOT going to get back to them but knew in our minds there was not anyway that it would NOT get back to them. (And yes, I tried to dissuade the complainant at a couple of points over things he was saying about Judy and how she kept the books. The things that were said against Prez Bob are too lengthy to go into and as I said, those people who were present KNOW what was said and should also know that Bob DID put the “item” out there for approval or disapproval at the PREVIOUS meeting)
Judy called me two days later, early morning, to verify info that they were given; to see if these things really had been said by this individual. They were both extremely hurt over the whole incident. By the time we were ready to hang up, we were both in tears.
A couple of hours later, I received a phone call from our 1st VP letting me know that Bob and Judy had brought him a letter of resignation. I was not totally surprised by this.
Currently, our 1st VP has moved up to temporary President. Our 2nd VP has moved up to temporary 1st VP, I am still serving in my same capacity. There is no treasurer/grant writer. The election has been changed from March 31, 2009 to April 14, 2009.
As for myself, I am just putting in my time and finishing out my term. My heart is no longer in it and I am just going through the motions. If there was someone who would fill in and finish my term out, I would step down now. Dan handed in his key last Friday and is no longer grooming.
We know the rumor mill has already started churning and there are those who are speculating without knowing the facts.
What started out to be just a simple stepping down as officers and groomer operator has turned into something ugly. None of us wanted it this way.
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