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Jun, 2020

One Last Message

Dear present, past and future parents and board members:

I wanted to send you all one last message. As I'm sure most of you are aware, I gave my resignation to the board on January 11, 2020, and that I would step down at the end of the season. Since there was no season this year and with change needing to happen, I decided to step down as President on June 16, 2020, officially. While I realize some people are upset that I had proposed to merge Sandwich T-Ball with Sandwich Baseball, I would like to explain that when I gave my resignation and for the past six months, we've asked for a parent or current board member to step into the president role. As of our last meeting, no one had stepped forward to assume the position, including anyone on the current board.

My purpose in the merger was to ensure that parents and kids continued to have an affordable place to play T-Ball, whether we were able to fill the board or not. Along with other potential cost savings that could have been realized and passed on to reduce registration costs. At no time did I mean to upset or offend anyone by proposing this merger. Both Sandwich T-Ball and Sandwich Baseball are in good shape and could have both benefited.

It is now up to the current board to decide whether this merger should move forward, and I believe they will do what is in the organization's best interest.

I'd also like to clarify a misunderstanding regarding the increase in registration costs put out there. In 2018 the registration cost was $35 per kid, which did not cover the most basic needs such as uniforms and insurance. In 2019 we raised the fee to $45 per kid to cover the costs of insurance($21.77 per player), uniforms($30 per player), and coaches shirts. At the start of 2020, the board again voted to raise the registration fee by $5 but simultaneously reduce the number of fundraisers we were asking parents to take part in. As a parent, I understand that youth sports are costly, and these decisions were not taken lightly when we made them. At no time, in the last five years, has the registration cost doubled. The remaining costs, such as field maintenance, background checks, building maintenance, and other expenses incurred each season, are covered by sponsorships from our fantastic community and sales at the concession stand. All of the costs are available for review by parents as they are included in meeting minutes and accessible from the treasure.

I'm proud of what the board was able to accomplish in my time on it such gaining 501c3 status, creating a maintenance fund that now has $6676 in it, building a new storage shed, offering more scholarships to families in need, improving communication, creating policies to avoid theft by board members, and becoming better partners with the community.
As parents, I implore you to become involved in the Association even if it's just attending meetings and asking questions. Board meetings have always been open to anyone wanting to attend and should forever remain that way.

I wish Jamie Shumway, Kara Salmieri-Parks, Alisa Smith, Cash Smith, Don Schroeder, Denise Towne, and any new board members the best moving forward, and I look forward to all the great things they accomplish with the Association.
Jamie Fahrner, Former STBA President

Sandwich T-Ball Association

PO Box 11 
Sandwich, Illinois 60548
Phone : 779-232-5252
Email : [email protected]
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