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Former band treasurer explains resignation

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Editor:

This letter goes out to band kids, parents and friends of Trimble County band program.

I must apologize for remarks that were put on Facebook recently. A great many issues have come before me and before I could think, some remarks were added to the band booster page.

Here is some information to clear up some issues:
On Aug. 14, I resigned as treasurer of the band booster organization for the following reason, MONEY.

For the last four years, I have cooked at band camp. This involved taking two weeks of vacation from my regular job. The first year I “fronted” the money for camp food until the band had enough money through band fees or fundraising to reimburse me. This amounted to almost $800. This amount did not include the $300 I donated.

To keep the kids and staff from eating peanut butter sandwiches the next two years, I paid the total amount each year totaling over $1000 per year. These costs do not include bottled water, Gatorade, snacks, etc. after feeding around 40 kids/adults seven meals for each week, this works out to about $3.50 per meal.

The biggest fundraiser of the year was in May. The spaghetti dinner has always been a big success. To be a success, I had to front the money to buy supplies. Donations were down this year due to the economic downturn everyone in the country is experiencing, so less than 10 jars of spaghetti sauce were donated compared to the previous year. Any extra supplies were used at band camp this year.

The band banquet followed about a week later. You guessed it—I fronted the money for this event also.

Needless to say, after everything was said and done-the spaghetti dinner/raffle money was counted and delivered to the bank, I wrote a check to myself for the front money. If anyone has questions, they can check out the receipts. These receipts did NOT count the $200 I personally donated.

This year for band camp, I also took two weeks off as usual. The only difference this year is that I informed the other band boosters that I could NOT pay for band camp food. You guessed it. The big money discussion was on after that. The July band booster meetings were not very nice, so after great thought, I knew I had to move on.

There are other issues too numerous to mention. The way things are going they will work themselves out on their own.

I came across a good quote today from Will Smith, the actor—“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too.”

If anyone has questions or concerns, let me know.

Dawn Arnett

Milton