USA Dance Annoucement

PaulBunyon

Active Member
#1
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Resignation of Glenn Weiss, President, USA Dance, Inc

January 16, 2018

The Governing Council announces the resignation of President Glenn Weiss, effective 1/15/2018. Due to personal, extenuating circumstances, Glenn will be relocating to Denmark. In considering the complexities of caring for his mother since her accident and the extensive travel involved in his profession, Glenn says, “my family has to be my number 1 priority” and “I have to make the best decision for my family and myself”.

Glenn expressed his regret and assures the Governing Council and members of USA Dance that he will be working to affect a seamless transition. Glenn will serve as Advisor to the President for a six-month period.

During this year Glenn has given USA Dance vision and focus for the future. We thank him for his many contributions and leadership.

Glenn thanks all USA Dance members, Chapter Officials, Governing Council – “I want to thank you all for the great work that you have done and I wish you all the best for the future”.

Gary Stroick, Senior Vice-President, per the Bylaws, (Article 6.B), will be assuming the role of President of USA Dance, Inc. The Governing Council will be filling the Senior VP position per the requirements of the Bylaws.

Gary, in leading the Governing Council will continue to focus on the vision and goals as outlined by Glenn, developing USA Dance as the premier dance organization in the United States.
 

Loki

Well-Known Member
#7
Does this materially change anything at USAD? I read the announcement as saying the new prez wants to keep the Weiss plan rolling.

I confess my initial reaction was, “Who cares?”.
 
#8
Does this materially change anything at USAD? I read the announcement as saying the new prez wants to keep the Weiss plan rolling.

I confess my initial reaction was, “Who cares?”.
I’m more just cared from the perspective that I’ve known Glenn for a number of years, and I hope that he will be OK. I wouldn’t expect he would take lightly the idea of stepping down as president. Hopefully, he has been able to work together with Gary to plan this and hopefully they will be able to continue making some good progress.

Because of the nature of dance organizations being political, I realize that they will always be People who agree or disagree with the decisions of the leaders. I just hope that we can look back in a few years and feel like they made some positive contributions toward the growth of dancing in America.
 
#9
Once again the entire executive Council of this organization is populated by people who’ve been appointed by each other, there are no elected officials in the leadership.
That seems to be very typical in any organizations, profit or non-profit. It is interesting that in any given time the fair election process is being preached; but never practically applied or seriously desired by the one can manipulate in any way.

Wishing speedy recovery...
 

Larinda McRaven

Site Moderator
Staff member
#11
off topic but akin to Joe's post

After I took office with the Professional Dancers Federation someone asked me how I liked it. My answer something akin to "VP?.... You mean the 24/7 director of complaints!" One day I had, counted by noon, 23 email/text/calls, each for separate issues. It literally is nonstop.... and draining.

So yes, I completely agree. I am betting for the most part people that complain have very little understanding of the depth of the energy and time required for Glenn's (now Gary's) position.
 
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#12
Some people will ALWAYS complain. The question is are the complaints significant. Some complaints are over minutiae. Some minutiae is important (competition rules) and others aren't as important. You have to decide what merits attention. This is just like life. Are you going to let everything upset you?

There's always a power structure in a volunteer organization. Sometimes, the power structure is inclusive and other times like a secret covenant. Based on my former membership and what I've read on this board, USADANCE's power structure is a covenant but the members aren't a secret. I remember when a new team completely swept out the old team of president, VP, secretary and treasurer. Within a year, all of them left their office because of conflict with the governing board. (I know [U]Bailamosdance[/U] will correct if I'm wrong.)

As long as the power structure refuses to share power, USADANCE will continue to sink like the Titanic with social dancers taking to the lifeboats.

I'm glad I got out when I did and found out I didn't need to be a member. It seems only competitors have to be members.
 

Joe

Well-Known Member
#13
It's not just about the power structure sharing power, it's also about the people on the outside who complain but don't do anything to change the things they complain about. Don't be part of the problem—be part of the solution.
 
#14
It's not just about the power structure sharing power, it's also about the people on the outside who complain but don't do anything to change the things they complain about. Don't be part of the problem—be part of the solution.
You can't be part of the solution if the problem remains in control. There's no need to keep banging your ahead against the wall in frustration.
 

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