“Times they are a-changing”- Bob Dylan
I’d like to announce that there won’t be a Halloween party this year. It saddens me to say this because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I enjoy planning parties for it.
This decision was brought on by the fact that no one came to the first events committee meeting and thinking back on how other events went. I worked my butt off on the picnic and afterwords I was left wondering if it was worth it. I had fun planning it but I’m not sure it was really enjoyed by those who attended. (Some people said they liked it but I heard a lot of complaints as well.) It was also frustrating that many people who signed up didn’t come and that a number of people who volunteered to help didn’t follow through on that.
I love planning events but I can only handle doing so much on my own. (And it often happens that I am doing most of the planning and execution on my own.)
Then there is the issue of complaints. Every time the Residents Council puts on an event we try to do things that will please everyone. It seems like that effort is wasted because nothing seems to be good enough. The food is wrong or their isn’t enough of it. There aren’t enough activities or there are activities no one participates in. Where the event is held (indoors v outdoors) isn’t to people’s liking. It’s enough to make anyone throw up their hands in frustration.
Maybe that’s what I’m doing. It’s also possible that I’m just moving with the times. In years past there were more activities here. There also was a very different resident base. People living here now are often younger and busier with work and school. They may not care about organized events or have time for them. Perhaps building activities are no longer relevant. Perhaps the Resident Council isn’t either.
If that is the case, maybe we should try not having events for a while and see what happens. There are certainly other things we could use the money for. (The relevance of the Resident Council is a stickier issue because we would lose out on a lot, including the Wi-Fi if we no longer had a board.)
I’d be interested to hear what other people think of this.