A thank you certainly goes to Rebecca Weis for her letter praising Port Washington residents and parents for the longstanding tradition of Senior Gambol. My daughter will graduate next year and as I watched her walk the red carpet as a date to a graduating senior I was filled with excitement with the idea of creating such a special evening for her. I co-chaired the design committee for my elder daughter in 2001, but since then life has changed. I have only very fond memories of working on the Times Square evening with a core of dedicated parents. We had great fun and a singular cooperative spirit to get the job done. I averaged 10 volunteer hours per week in planning and execution of the design and the last week, approximately 35 hours in the gym. There were 10 other men and women who did the same thing, plus an additional 20 volunteers who worked tirelessly in the final construction phase putting up the so-called "air conditioning" system and dropping a fabric ceiling throughout the gym in addition to the stacking of the 4 feet by 8 feet flats against the sides of the gym wall to create our evening backdrop. A team of electricians and AV volunteers set up lighting, sound and the video screen. Volunteers worked tirelessly and joyfully knowing what we were creating for our children were memories that will last a lifetime.
In addition there were countless other volunteers working on fundraising, publicity and the other committees necessary to effectuate the evening. All told there were approximately 50 volunteers who coordinated the pieces necessary for the event.
With all good intention, I volunteered to "take down" the efforts of the Gambol committee 2006. I found my 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. work had gotten in the way and I did not show up. With all good intention, I will volunteer for Gambol 2007. But I worry that life might get in the way again and I will leave this hard, but rewarding work to an even smaller group of dedicated volunteers. However, if we all focus our energies and make a commitment, we can maintain our community's unique history. This is a Port tradition I do not want to see die a death that many traditions do because of the pressures of modern life. Let's work together to keep Gambol in Port.