“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Dr. Seuss)
After last night’s Spring Concert, which was our Warren Band’s last concert of the year, I thought of the quote above in hopes that it would confront the emotional strain of realizing this was my daughter’s last concert in high school but also, because it “unofficially” ended my tenure as President of the Warren Warrior Band Booster organization. Unofficially because I still have until June 30 to finish and tie up all the loose ends and to help out the Band in any way I can as President.
I appreciate the fact that you allowed me into your and your kids’ lives and that you put up with me (and my jokes). I wish the new Board and Committee Chairs and Co-chairs the best in their efforts to continue to serve the Purple Pride from Northside. The work will be challenging but I know they will do a great job.
As I mentioned during my talk in between concerts last night, it has been a great honor to be your President and it’s been a fun, exciting and challenging time. I met and worked with a number of wonderful people – Boosters, Band kids, School Administration and Corporate Partners; and, as I expected, I now know that there are a lot of great people in this world whose main purpose is to bring out the goodness in people, help them smile and make them look good.
Even though we had some challenges during the year, we buckled up, stood tall and met the challenges. Many of the objectives I had wanted to accomplish this year weren’t met but I believe we still made a positive impact on the program.
Again, as I said last night, the ‘President’ cannot do all the work; it takes those around him to help out and my fellow Board members were a tremendous help – Christie Tran, Susan Collins, Ellen Nystrom, Wendy Johnson and Annette Perez. A big ‘Thank You’ also goes to all the Committee Chair and Co-Chairs for their tireless efforts in ensuring our Band received the best support possible and that we had the best fundraisers to help finance the Band program; and also, ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped out throughout the year by volunteering in the committees to make things run smoother. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
In closing, I will tell you that I’ll follow some of Dr. Seuss’s advice: I’ll smile because it happened and it was an incredible year for me, but I’ll still cry a bit because it’s over.