Member Communication from Len Perrin

November 21, 2006

Important Communication to All Members of the Optimists Alumni Drum Corps From Len Perrin - President
Dear Fellow Corps Members:

On behalf of your Executive I would like to thank all of you for your support and the trust you have placed in us to lead your organization. We can only pledge to you, to do our best to continue to progress based on the values and traditions of the Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps.

When the Alumni Corps started in the fall of 2002 we were focused on appearing at the G.A.S. annual convention to be held in Hamilton in May 2004. This was the commitment that drove the Corps in its early days. Since that time the Corps has made great strides in improving our collective musical capabilities but we do not have a clear picture of where we want to go and our next milestones. You, the members have spoken and elected a new Executive body to lead the Corps in its future endeavors and to determine our future direction. As your President I am convinced that we need to establish a set of realistic goals and how best to achieve them. I am therefore pleased to advise that your new Board has unanimously agreed to proceed with the development of a Strategic Operating Plan to set the future direction of our Corps.

To be successful in this endeavor it is essential that the plan be based on a consensus of all participants. Richard Robida has agreed to lead the development of the plan and has the full support of your Executive. Each of you will be contacted by Richard or one of his committee members to get your input, ideas and opinions.

Thank you for those who have already submitted the Member Survey form as part of our parade attendance records. This data will be used to keep you involved in this project. If you have not yet forwarded this information to our Secretary it is essential that you do so as soon as possible so all interested parties will be included. Even if you have not committed to be an active member for 2007 we value your opinion and would like to include you in building a consensus for the future of the Optimists Alumni.

I plan to be an active participant in the development of the plan and will keep you posted on our progress.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

Len Perrin

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