Gregory Pettigrew (etherial) wrote,
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Ushering in a New Era

Once again we have new SFS officers. When I was a Freshman, it was Seth Hardy - then a sophomore Treasurer working his way up to President with an elite cadre of then-freshmen: Leanne, Brittany, and Sven. To be honest, I have no idea who the officers were before them, Seth ran every SFS meeting I attended as a Freshman. Brittany and Sven were lost to the sands of time and replaced with me and Zack.

In 2001, Brain took over for Zack and I was replaced by Alison. Alison, like Brittany before her, left the club, but no interim Treasurer was elected. They considered trying to give the position to me (As IF!).

In 2002, Seth was finally ousted (being a Senior and all) and replaced by Carolyn. Conor was elected Veep, but sadly could not return to fulfill his role. Rob took over for him. The overenthusiastic Mike was put in to fill the volatile role of Treasurer and make sure he could handle being an Officer.

And now in 2003, we have a repeat of events past. Our then-Treasurer is our now-President, bringing with him two newbies - Ben and Josh and part-timer Rob (who seems to have been the only Veep to actually perform his duties as acting-President).

Unfortunately, the SFS seems to have taken a downturn over the past four years. Active Membership is way down since I was a Freshman, as is Club Activity. There are a couple of things that have improved - quasi-organized random gaming is now 2 nights a week (Wednesdays and Fridays), and there is a weekly Stargate night, but there is, alas, no seemingly-at-random events. No 5 AM BSD one-shots, no real TUBS, SF Discussion is shaky at best.

The overly simple answer to all this is that we have had a poor Officer Corps. The problem with this oversimplification is that until Mike showed up, I don't think we really had *anyone* who was officer material. An officer needs to be dedicated and creative, to motivate and empower his club to be active and interesting. An club with active members has participation and growth. A club with passive members has stagnation and loss. There were elections tonight, and there were only 12 voting members present. The Office of Treasurer has been filled with Ben, a quiet but friendly guy that, in my experience, has shown nothing to make him a good officer, but hopefully he can do the job.

The officers in my years as an SFS Member (including me!) have treated their roles as a burden. Every event is a task that causes friction and frustration, an insurmountable Sysyphusian hell that ends only to be followed by another. It was my hope when I nominated Rob A-term to end some of the cliquishness that has arisen and ensure that Officer roles are taken seriously. He has shown some initiative, reminding us that we can play random games in the Wedge any time we want (especially on Fridays), and hopefully Mike can get him to rouse our Sleeping Elder Gods to action.

For those of you who feel I have neglected Nicci and Owen, the Librarianship is an appointed position with reposibilities that take them far outside the normal scope of Officership.
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