Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Update on my Theater status

This is a copy of the letter I sent to the Carmel Community Players Board of Directors about a month ago.  My term on the Board of Directors came to an end today.   The bold emphasis added below was not in the original copy, but I added it here because that's really the thing to take away.  Thank you.

To the President of Carmel Community Players, the Board of Directors, its Staff, Membership, Patrons and Supporters:

As you know, my current term to serve on the Board of Directors comes to an end at the Annual Membership meeting on May 2nd, 2012.  This letter is to inform you that after months of careful consideration, I have decided to not run for re-election to the board at this time.

When I joined CCP’s board, little did I know where the organization would be today.  Right after I was appointed to the Board to fill a vacancy, everything changed.  I won’t rehash that history as most everyone is familiar with it. But, since being thrust into a leadership position, it has been an honor to serve CCP and help steer the organization through those troubled times when we weren’t even sure we’d be able to put on another show.  Despite the difficult hurdles we faced, I am very proud of what we have accomplished here at the Playhouse and always will be.

Please note, that this decision does not mean I won’t be around.  I fully intend to follow through on all my commitments, including directing “Grease” should it be accepted into the season. {ML NOTE:  It wasn't accepted and I am fine with that.  I think the new season has some wonderful possibilities.}   Additionally, I still plan to volunteer at the box office and concessions, and help with Vendini and the website, even help with tech where my schedule allows.  And I will do so as long as I can or until the organization wants and finds someone else to handle some of these duties.  It’s just that, after four years of putting every ounce of myself into this theater and organization, things in my personal life have risen up, or have been neglected for too long, and need my full attention.  I need time to focus on other important goals and projects in the free time I do have.

And, unfortunately, something has to give.  This is not a decision I came to quickly.  For months, I struggled with figuring out what was important and what could be put off a little while longer.  While it pains me to not seek re-election at this time, I am comforted knowing that the organization is very capable of even greater growth in my absence.

If there is one thing I regret it’s that I maybe took too long to make this decision.  With about a month until the next election of officers, I understand that I am putting unfair pressure on the board to scramble, and for that I do apologize.  But, I am confident  with the leadership on this board that the organization will quickly adjust accordingly.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

With Respect,