[Perform-talk] Talent Show: Whose Responsibility Is It?

Dennis Sumlin denmaster77 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 14:01:38 UTC 2011

Thank you Marion. Thank you thank you thank you. Very well said.

On 4/28/11, Marion Gwizdala <blind411 at verizon.net> wrote:
> Dear All,
>     I have been reading the numerous messages on this list about the quality
> of the talent show and I wanted to offer my perspective. Several of the
> messages criticize the quality of the broadcast and a few comments shared
> the challenges they faced hearing themselves while performing. Though there
> were one or two individuals who offered input on how such issues could be
> resolved, a majority of the messages were only criticisms with nothing
> constructive offered to remedy the issues.
>     The Performing Arts Division is a membership organization. As such, the
> organization belongs to the members. Membership carries with it certain
> privileges, among those, the right to speak on the floor, vote, and hold
> office. With every privilege, there are concomitant responsibilities. Our
> speech should be respectful and the leaders we elect should be diligent,
> accountable and responsive.
>     Producing a talent show takes quite a bit of work and providing good
> sound takes a little bit of money. Membership dues are not intended to be a
> fund raising program but a token of commitment. PAD raises funds through its
> other endeavors, such as the sale of albums. I believe that last year's
> talent show featured about 30 performers. yet, only a handful of those
> performers volunteered to staff the PAD table and raise funds to help defray
> the costs associated with the show and the other initiatives of the
> division. In fact, to the best of my memory, it seemed that the same few
> individuals staffed the table the entire time the exhibit hall was open.
>     If this division is to be successful achieving its goals, it requires
> the support of its membership. This means more than just paying dues; it
> requires you to be involved. If you want the division to produce a quality
> Showcase of Talent, you must do more than just show up! As the adage says,
> "You are either a part of the problem or a part of the solution!" Which will
> you be?
> Fraternally yours,
> Marion Gwizdala
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