Elections and Opinions An Editorial
Some won and some lost, which is usual in most
elections. This one wasnt much different. After the polls closed and the figures got
tallied, Martha Clark, Bill Liebfried and Christa
Sadler garnered the most votes. These folks are the happyand
unsuspectingrecipients of more work than they wanted, which is also usual after
somebody wins an election.
The people that lose-out on the drudgery of keeping GCRG alive and breathing
for the next two years, Tom Vail and Jeff Behan, did, in the first place, volunteer to run
for office. In these parts, that is a major accomplishment all by itself. They were there
when the gradient got steep and hoped to make a difference. No problem. They , and a few
other unelected folks, will continue to do just that. Theyre doin it right
now, helping around the office, writing for the news, running to the print shop or post
office or both, running to Grand Canyon for a meeting, running some place else for another
meeting and, once in a while, when nothing else is happening, running down the river, too.
Sometimes, usually the first and third Tuesday of every month (but not too
often in the summer), we run to Board of Directors meetings. Our own, that is.
Usually, were the only people sitting there, which is weird. We talk about issues
that affect Grand Canyon and what we imagine to be our livelihood in Grand Canyon. We do
that earnestly and honestly. Wewhether were elected or notattempt to
define those issues of greatest interest and concern to our membership. Then, if we decide
to, we try to set in motion whatever it is we think will work toward that end. We make
every effort to go about what we want in a manner we think benefits all, because
were all in it together.
Given that, its curious to note some of the suggestions/responses to
the questionnaire included as part of the 93' GCRG Ballot.
Many people indicated were doing a great job; some even felt we
excelled in a few areas. Thanks; we do try. Too, there were a lot of good, solid,
suggestions for us to think about and work on, and we will think about them and work on
them, just like you asked.
Somebody said they hated the tent. Ditto with us also, at least for what
remains of it. He or She didnt offer an alternative, which is okay, except to say,
Why not? No doubt, we need a new idea on that one. Got any? Someone else wanted to know
why more outfitters dont attend our meetings. Uh...its a mystery to everybody around
here as well.
A few responses indicated some folks think GCRG is a rowbaby club
comprised of ensconced Flagstaff best buddies. This, if you will allow me the luxury, is a
ludicrous statement. Nearly half the GCRG Board and Officers are motor-type people (some
are even ambidextrous) and I, for one, didnt know a single person on the Board until
elected. Then comes the cruel slosh of cold water square in the facethat GCRG
doesnt represent Utah (or North Rim) (or wherever) boatmen, guides and swampers. I
ask you: is that an accurate statement? Next, after splitting hairs
veryverythin, someones gonna say we dont have a Utah motor pilot
on the Board.
Sorry. Wrong again.
We are not an exclusionary organization. The only people whose opinions and
concerns are excluded are those who exclude themselves by not communicating with us; not
getting involved. Getting involved means caring, and it means work.
We need your help, your suggestions, your energy, your rational criticism,
your body and brain, on the telephone or in person, at our meetings and most other places,
come Hell or high water. And, we need your help whether youre elected or not. If we
werent interested, we wouldnt be doing it. How about you?