September 19, 2000
There are a few reasons but the catalyst was the manner in which Executive Assistant Barbara de Maro was fired several weeks ago. I, as well as many others, have admired Barbara for years and her manner of diligent efficiency and pleasantness, while working long hours for the Federation, has been a great asset to the USCF headquarters and to those of us who came in contact with her. She was dedicated and had an extraordinary talent for the job.
It is not that you saw fit to terminate her position. You, of course, have that right. It is the way in which it was done. While previous Executive Directors were awarded thousands of dollars severance, after many fewer years in service, Barbara was, let me say "guillotined" with no notice, no warning, no severance pay to help until she found a new job. She worked steadily at the office for nineteen years, through several E.D.s and many changes. To terminate a loyal employee with no compensation after so many years, for no obvious reason, is inhumane and improper.
Editing the rulebook is a tedious and time-consuming job. Even the salary we are supposed to receive does not sufficiently compensate for the work involved. Originally I was willing to do the work free of charge but now I will restrict my participation only to assisting when and where useful.
I highly recommend the appointment of Bill Goichberg to take my vacant position. He is extremely intelligent and knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience in the field. He was very effective in editing the previous Rules, works hard and efficiently and would be a valuable asset to the group. He is willing to take on the responsibility, even without pay. Please consider this seriously. It would be a good decision.
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