Sunday, May 08, 2011
Time To Stop and Reflect on What's Really Important
The board has spent the last few weeks making sure that people in over 30 locations had a chance to meet with the board. Ron was the man in charge of coordinating all this - both the administrative side (just making all the travel arrangements for five board members and some staffers was a logistic challenge) to the arrangements for all the computer support and working out the districts. He was the person the board turned to help them get their work done.
My caller had heard that Ron had died. I've just gotten a confirmation e-mail from a member of the staff. From that first day when Ron invited me to snack on a cookie in the back after a long, lunchbreak-free six hour meeting, Ron has been unfailingly helpful and cooperative - as have all the staff and the board. He told me that they weren't allowed to use State money for food, it was staff and board member contributions. I last saw Ron just two days ago at the final public hearing on Friday.
Ron tended to stay in the background, but it was clear that the board depended on Ron and his staff to arrange all that was necessary for the board to do its job.
It's important to sit back regularly and pay attention to what's really important in life, to the people who are important in our lives, to let them know we love them. Life is short. Live it well.
Ron, I didn't know you long or well, but my life was better for having met you. My thoughts are with your family now as they summon the strength to endure your passing and to carry on with you in their hearts.