As we approach the end of the 2011 swim season, we are already thinking about the 2012 season.
A Meet Assistant Manager
For those who don’t know, after many years – something like 8 !!! – as the A meet manager, Jill Ray is going to retire. We have begged her to stay, but every time we do that she just laughs and walks away (ok, that’s not true, but we think she is looking forward to retirement). In addition, Griff Lindsay, who has been doing swim team stuff since the last ice age (well, something more like two decades. No, seriously. TWO DECADES!) is going to take emeritus status. Kind of like when Yoda fled to Dagobah . . . he was still around to help from time to time (and Griff will be around), but Luke was largely on his own.
Gail and Jay will be working together on the A meets next year. We hope not to miss a beat, but we could really use a third person on the team, an assistant A meet manager. If the prospect of working with Jay isn’t totally repulsive, let him or Gail know if you would be interested. We’ll train you. It will be fun. If no one steps up, Jay will feel rejected and that will make him cry. We don’t want that.
B Meet Manager and Assistant Manager(s)
Kathi Nardella is going to be retiring as well. Kathi has been doing yeoman’s work as the B meet manager for the past couple of years. She is looking forward to Wednesday nights roaming the Wholefoods, looking for bargains (actually, we have no idea what she’ll be doing on Wednesday nights – maybe helping with the B meets in some other capacity?)
If you have a low IQ, you’re disorganized, you have a generally cranky personality or you dislike working with others, don’t bother to volunteer for these positions. We need smart, organized, upbeat and social. Ok, we’ll settle for a pulse. For those of you who feel guilty, like you should do more, go with that feeling. Let it drive you to tell Jay that you want to manage the B meets, even though you’re not really sure what it involves and you’re scared it will overwhelm you (Jay can get you narcotics that will totally eliminate that feeling, and he’ll throw in a large bag of Cool Ranch Doritos in case you get the munchies.). If we can get a team of 2 or 3 folks for the B meets, the work can be shared and it will be fun. And if Jay actually becomes a Jedi, he’ll provide whatever guidance you need. So who’s up for it? Bueller . . . Bueller . . . Bueller. Come on, someone wants to do this, we can tell!
Seriously, we are about to undergo a major changing of the guard next year. If you think you might be able to help in any of these positions, let us know and we’ll talk earnestly about what it entails and support you in any way we can. We really do need several people to step up!
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