by Chris Hansen of Fulton
A sure sign of fall is the start of Fulton Youth Soccer. The season kicks off its first games today and goes until Oct. 20.
We will be losing three longtime supporters and board members at the end of the season, Sheila Carvey, Dia Barrow, and Tony Pafumi.
Sheila has been the president of the organization for three years and works year round on soccer issues from uniforms to field layout to our field of dreams project.
I will miss her leadership and charismatic way of keeping a meeting running on point. Both Tony and Dia have been helming their positions as travel team coordinator and secretary for a few years and will be missed.
So with their sad departures, we have a need to fill three board positions. We will not be taking a new person and putting them into an officer position right off the bat.
We are fortunate to have members willing to step into the higher roles but need folks for other positions. I have been with the board for almost two years now and can honestly say that we would not put a new member into a role that is above their ability.
Many people think that committing to the soccer board is overly time consuming and that is not true.
We meet one Sunday a month for and hour or so and discuss our individual tasks and use e-mail to communicate other smaller things.
As an age group coordinator, I spend time before each season putting together teams, getting coaches and fielding phone calls.
We also ask that board members spend some time in the snack bar helping out and fielding questions as they come up.
I have really enjoyed my time on the board. My children have been playing soccer here for nine years and I like seeing all that goes into making it work.
There’s much more going on behind the scenes than I could have imagined and it’s because of people like Sheila, Dia and Tony that keep it running.
So if you see them on the field, tell them thanks for their help or just good bye; let them know we appreciate all they do for our kids.