by Steve Washburn
At the request of the CALM Board, I have prepared this email to update the team following Tiffany’s resignation as coach last month. First, I would like to acknowledge the disappointment we feel in losing such a dynamic and accomplished coach. However, the CALM community is incredibly strong – for many of us, it has come to feel like family – and we are committed to keeping this community together.
New Board Structure
Earlier this month, the Board met with Spencer Hawkins, Cal’s liaison with CALM, to discuss its concerns and next steps. The Board emphasized the frustration created by the breakdown in communications between Cal, Tiffany and the team – all agreed that it is imperative that the situation improve. All parties have work to do on this front.
As you may know, Conny Bleul, our President, resigned as of the end of last year due to increased responsibilities at work. Sandra Ramos, our Vice President, chose not to take on the responsibilities of President. Therefore, the Board decided to reorganize, and has asked Kai Stoeckenius, Kendall Young, Ben Swiggett and me to take the lead in improving communications with Cal. At the Board’s request, I have also agreed to take on the position of acting Chair of the CALM Board through October 2018. Please let me know if you would like to work with us.
I recognize that many of you may have questions or would like to make sure your ideas and concerns are heard by Cal. In order to make sure we communicate effectively, please contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll work to make sure that CALM speaks with a strong, clear voice that reflects our community and its interests.
New CALM coaching staff
Cal has proposed hiring a 0.75 full-time equivalent (FTE) Head Coach and one primary Assistant, with up to four additional substitute coaches to fill in at practices as necessary. (Note that Tiffany was also 0.75 FTE). Although the CALM Head Coach position was posted only yesterday, at least three potential candidates have already expressed interest. Cal plans to have the coaching candidates on deck for “trial-runs” in February, and will be looking for feedback from the team before making a hiring decision no later than March.
Annual CALM meet
The annual CALM meet has been set for Sunday, March 25, and Ben has agreed to act as Meet Director. As usual, we will be looking for team members to volunteer as timers and in other support roles. Additional information on the meet will be provided in the next CALM newsletter.
Again, please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas or concerns.