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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ahhh, it's such a relief to make it through a big event and have everything go well!

The food cooperative had our annual member meeting yesterday, and I was designated "the facilitator."

And given the fact that one of the board members hates me, and does his absolute best to undermine everything I do....given the in-fighting and personality conflicts on the board....the fact that most of the membership hates our volunteer GM and they frequently get heated and personal when it comes to "discussions" with him....and our celebrity keynote?

I've been on tenderhooks all week, trying to figure out the likely topics of discussion, sources of arguments and contention, and the danger areas that might lead to a repeat of our infamous board meeting where two board members actually stood up and shouted at each other, banging fists on tables and swearing up a storm, for 15 minutes before we calmed them down.

Clearly I survived it! But it has been a stressful couple of weeks!

A couple of fights almost broke out, but I quenched them fast. Overall, everyone was really happy with the way the discussion went, and we have four new board members who will be great for the cooperative! And we drew a big crowd...for our cooperative, at least.

Did I stick to my resolution to avoid alcohol? No, I'm really ashamed to say I didn't. But then I got pretty sick last night, so I figure karma has had her retribution - and the desire to drink more is not there at all, and probably won't be for a long time.

I managed to avoid the camera for all but this one picture - and you can probably see how hard I'm gritting my teeth as I try to keep our membership discussion under control!

I feel like I just made it through a massive psychological marathon full of land mines, and it definitely feels GREAT! Though I am finally noticing how tight my neck and shoulders are, from all the stress, so I'll definitely have to focus on yoga and stretching for the next couple of weeks to loosen those knots.

Volunteering shouldn't feel like this. I know that, and it's a big part of why I've wanted to leave the board for the last few months. I don't know if the new board members will be able to improve the situation as much - or as fast - as I need them to for me to feel comfortable and happy to serve the cooperative.

But I believe in the cause, and honestly, no one else was really stepping up. Maybe I'm crazy, but I didn't feel like I could leave the board until certain issues were resolved. Whether I serve out my remaining year as a board member, or whether I do decide in a few months that I am not needed and I resign, we're in a better place now than we were a few months ago when this whole thing really started!
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    Aww, you do look a bit fed-up on this photo but you also look very pretty.

    Glad things went well - now you can breathe a deep breath of relief and relax those shoulders! emoticon
    1805 days ago
    First of all I need to say even though you do not look thrilled you are very pretty.

    That seems very, very stressful. But, you sound like you are getting er done. Congrats.

    Have fun with the Yoga.
    1805 days ago
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    You don't look excited to be ther, but your hair looks great! Glad you held up your end and did your due diligence. Congrat and move on now woth a lighter ster
    1805 days ago
    The Bozo is still around? Congrats and thanks for all that you do in making a little slice of the world better.
    1805 days ago
    You should finish your term and decide if you want to repeat the experience. I believe you are doing a wonderful job. I would say emoticon
    You look wonderful, tight shoulders and all emoticon
    1805 days ago
    I'm glad your event went well. One way to get others to step up is hang back on volunteering to do things until they have had a chance or let it be known that you are willing to help out who ever takes the lead in what ever the needs to be done, possible with limits set on the amount of time you will be able to help.
    And now that you have a garden, here is a quote I have seen.
    "An hour in the garden puts life's problems in perspective."
    Go putter around the garden, its amazing you much better you will feel, and how much those tense muscles will relax.
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    Wow I'm so glad the event went well, and that you attracted 4 new good board members to your board, and that you controlled the event. Great job!
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