As a club member for two-thirds of the South County Jazz Club’s existence, I want to make a couple of comments about what I’ve observed over the past few months.
A former board member, Jack Fanning (who resigned earlier this year for health reasons) and his crew of supporters have put together an “alternative slate” of officer candidates for next month's officer elections with one purpose - and one purpose alone.
It’s a concerted effort to run current president Morrie Trumble out of the club…. using exaggeration, innuendo, mistruths and bold-faced lies to besmirch Morrie’s character and his vast contributions to this nonprofit organization. That’s their only agenda.
It’s despicable - and anyone involved ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Their campaign has all been negative, negative, negative - and it is way off the mark.
More importantly, they’ve shown us no platform or vision to further the club’s goals, to grow its membership or to enhance its concert seasons beyond 2013-2014. It appears they have no forward-thinking plan for the club. If if they do – it is a closely guarded secret.I see no one on the alternate slate of candidates with the talent or the regional and national contacts to put together a formidable concert season of the level to which we’re now accustomed. Absent any positive platform or planning for the future, their moves threaten the club’s very existence beyond this season.
As club members prepare to vote in next month's board election, please give that serious thought.Whatever happens, you would all be remiss if you don’t thank Morrie for his night-and-day efforts to build The South County Jazz Club into a terrific success in this day and age.
Remember the volume and variety of concerts held. Remember the sheer numbers of musicians employed. Remember the terrific musical moments you’ve enjoyed. Don’t let that fade away. If you do, then we all suffer.