Little League President Slade Gibson is stepping down while making a public plea for a committed volunteer to take over his duties.
He says the decision to resign is a difficult one, but “I don’t feel that I will be able to devote the time necessary to stay on top of everything next year.”
In a letter to current board members, he asked that they scour the community to find a qualified individual who has the time and energy needed to serve as president.
Gibson is not the only board member resigning. Some others will also be stepping away, prompting the need for new volunteers to fill a number of positions, including softball equipment officer, softball coaching coordinator and others.
The league currently has 20 officers, but Gibson is uncertain of which ones will return for the new season.
For those who agree to continue, Gibson said, “I am very grateful.”
Gibson is also creating several new softball positions to relieve some of the confusion of the past season and take pressure off of the volunteers.
“I feel that will help us out on the softball side,” he said.
Softball, which Lady Longhorn coach Will Dunman heads as vice president, was added to the Little League program just two years ago and is still suffering through some growing pains.
The 2009 Little League Board of Directors will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the Payson Elementary School cafeteria to mull over the past season and tie up loose ends.
At about 6 p.m., a meeting will begin to elect officers for the 2010 year.
Gibson calls the election process critical to the future of the league, and one “we all need to take seriously knowing how far we have come over the years.”
Although Gibson is walking away, he’s promised to stay around long enough to make the transition to the new president a smooth one.
The president continues to be optimistic that the upcoming campaign will be an exceptional one and build on the success of last year, “I know 2010 is going to be even better with all of your help.”