Tom Passanisi, 2017 President of the Republican Club of the Foothills has resigned. His letter of resignation can be found at the link following. Go read it, then come back here and lets discuss what we are going to do going forward. RCOF December 29 2017 Letter to Membership
All done? I don’t like them apples much either, pretty devastating, in fact. Having worked with Tom over the course of the year, I can tell you that it has been very frustrating, trying to find people to man the oars. Now, we all know that in any organization 20% of the people do 80% of the work, this is normal. Good people have volunteered, then dropped out because of various circumstances. This is not to blame anybody, it is just the way it is; life happens.
The fact is, and it has been noted at the meetings, that we are
a pack of old codgers all members of the Golden Years Brigade. We have failed to attract and retain new, younger blood. We have seen attendance at the monthly meetings plunge from nearly seventy (when I first peeked in to see what was going on in 2009, recruited by Paul Hackett) to barely thirty at the last three monthly meetings. Board meetings were attended by eight or nine people back in the day, but for the last few months it has been only three, and sometimes two; that’s not even a quorum.
Out of airspeed, out of altitude and out of ideas, the Republican Club of the Foothills as it is currently constituted, is defunct. Thanks to the way Tom handled the situation the Republican Club has not exploded, has not crashed, has not burned, but has managed a soft landing with all its parts intact. I am grateful to Tom and to the other board members who made this possible.
But I am a stubborn son of a b-i-t-c-Q-waterlily, I don’t have sense enough to quit when I’m ahead (my mother always said so, and I believe her). So I refused to resign. I refused to consign this website to oblivion. I refuse to give up on Republicans in the Foothills area (or anywhere else, for that matter). That is more than sheer, bloody minded obstinacy. We have the right principles, we have the right ideas and we have the right spirit. Our country needs us as we don’t have the right to quit.
OK, now the whiskey bottle comes out, so beware! You have been warned.
As a board member I hold the post of (per the by-laws) Member at Large with the specific task of running the web page. That’s not very glamorous, but that is all that’s left. In this I am the servant of you guys, the We the People of the Club. We the People need to discover and decide what it is we want to do, what we can do, what we are willing to do and what we will do. It may well be that the Club will decide to dissolve itself, I don’t know. It may be that the Club may decide to change its form, its purpose, its very reason for existing. But it is you guys, the members, who must make that decision. It is my task, as best I understand it, to help facilitate that decision.
So here is your task. The email announcing this news will reach some members of the Club, some will even read it, and of those some will actually read this post all the way through. Each of you guys have your own networks, reach out to them and let others know what is going on. Discuss among yourselves. I would love to coordinate and maintain lines of communication. I am happy to attend any meetings that you guys set up.
Some questions for consideration:
- What went wrong?
- What went right?
- What do I want as a Republican?
- What can I offer as a Republican?
- What do my family and friends want?
- What does my community need that I and my friends as Republicans can provide?
For starters. What other questions do we need to ask? Do NOT forget to pray about the whole thing, by yourselves and with others.
If anything is going to happen it will happen because you guys want it to happen and are willing to work together to make it happen. I have ideas of my own, but your ideas must come first. I think that we have a wonderful opportunity to reinvent ourselves and make ourselves relevant in a way that we have not been for quite a while.
You can communicate with me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment in the comment section below.
The ball is in your court.