President’s Message – September 1992
My heartfelt thanks to all those who helped with our Summer Track Meets. We had more problems than usual due to the logistics of working at the Walsh Middle School. Nonetheless, the meets were successful, thanks to the help of so many.
I believe these meets are our greatest single contribution to the community. This summer we awarded over 4000 ribbons and countless “Happy Faces” to more than 800 individual runners, most of them youngsters. The meets introduce many kids to running without the expense, time commitment and adult interference common in so many youth sports. We should be proud of that.
Election of club officers will be held at our September meeting. If you are moved by the spirit of political reform sweeping the nation, this is your opportunity to throw the rascals out. Some rascals, however, are leaving of their own accord. They deserve our thanks for their service.
Barry Ostrow, our Treasurer and past President has been an invaluable aid to me this year. Although his new job took him away for many weeks at a time, Barry always kept up to speed on club affairs. Through many conversations, he tutored me in the gentlest possible way, in the many tasks a President must attend to. It is not his fault that I didn’t attend to them. Thank you, Barry.
Cecile Gahan has been our irrepressible Activities Director for two years. Her energy and enthusiasm are a resource to all of us. She has kept our social calendar and our tummies full with an abundant mix of Host Runs, brunches, meetings and Annual Banquets; her efforts have produced an average increase of 3 percent in membership body fat. Thanks a lot Cecile!
Lee Consoletti has been our long- suffering Secretary. As noted at the Awards Banquet, his meticulous minutes have lent our proceedings an appearance of rationality. However, stricken by conscience, he can no longer acquiesce in this charade, and is stepping down. Besides his officer’s duties, Lee has been one of the “regular crew” at the Track Meets for years. Thanks for everything Lee.
Ignoring pleas for “Four More years”, Wayne Buckley has chosen not to run for Vice president. He will, however continue to serve in the more difficult role of being Wayne. He has handled his duties with supreme skill and tact. But, as he observed: “I just can’t deal with the jerk at the top anymore.”
Wayne has been a steadfast helpmate throughout the year. He volunteers to assist with any task, no matter how menial, and is always suggesting ways to improve the club. Recently he suggested I join CMS. Now that he is not a candidate, I can reveal the best kept secret in the club. Beneath his tough persona, Wayne is actually a caring and compassionate person. I am going to miss the wimp. Many thanks. Wayne.