|Sent on:||Monday, August 20, 2012 1:00 PM|
Hi All, again sorry for not being able to be at the spot at the designated time, at Devils Lake!!! However George our assistant organinzer was there at 2:15 to cover for me. Everyone should have been there to meet him and each other at 2:00pm. There were several folks that were not at the designated spot at 2pm. That is a problem, and not ours as a group. All the exact directions were more than detailed and organized in the meetup discription. George is fully qualified to lead the group and has lead wonderfully many times. It should not have mattered if i was there or not as long as George was there and he was at 2:15 as soon as he found out Bob and I had an unexpected problem with getting his dad checked into the nursing home on our way to the meetup. Life isn't perfect. In the perfect world we would have known we were going to be late in advance. but geesh, is'nt it expecting a lot to assume things will always be perfect? The other thing i want to mention mostly to the new folks is that i sent out a letter at the beginning of summer stating that i may or may not be able to attend the meetups this summer due to my being in pain and in a wheel chair now with my bad knees and that i am waiting for knee surgery to be able to walk again and commit to being at all of this summer's meetups. In this email I told everyone that I would attend as many as possible and that I may not be able to go with the group depending on the activity. Everyone agreed that they would be able to cover for me on those meetups. I recieved a lot of encouraging and understanding emails from those willing to greet folks at the meetups I was not there for!!!
You new folks probably didn't get that email, but i thought word would get arround and it obviously didn't. So please consider this word. I will attend as many as i can until I can recover from knee surgery that will hopefully be done this fall. Originally, I was expecting to have the surgery done by now, but they want me to loose a lot of weight before the surgery and get some other medical things completed to clear me for the surgery. This has been an incredable disapointment for me as i am mostly bed ridden at this stage in the knee deteriation.
So again, please accept my apologizes for not being at all the meetups. If anyone would like to help me just greet new folks at each meetup and spread the word that our group is sort of member run right now until i am able to commit to being at each meetup leading our group physically. I will be planning to attend each meetup, but if i am in tremendous pain that day please cover for me and have a great time together with or with out me. And hopefullly we will at least have an assistant organizer or a seasoned member to help out at each meetup if it turns out i couldn't make it.
Sorry for all the disapointments,
Sincerely your concerned Organizer,
PLEASE CALL ME IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANY OF THIS OR WOULD LIKE TO BE CONCIDERED FOR AN ASSISTANT ORGANIZER POSITION TO HELP ME OUT. AND IN THE MEAN TIME LET'S MAKE THE BEST OF THIS BUMP IN THE PATH OF OUR GROUP!!! WE HAVE A GREAT GROUP AND A LITTLE THING LIKE THIS WILL NOT BRING OUR GROUP DOWN, WE WILL GET THROUGH IT, I PROMISE!!! [masked] CALL ANYTIME!