An Old Adage
You most likely see this statement on the cubicle walls of people at work – poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine. While pithy workplace quotes don’t always suit my style, I tend to think this one really encompasses the kerfuffle about the location of the Miss Hanover Pageant.
In short, the Jaycees have decided to move the event from Hanover High School to the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center (EPAC) because they felt overlap with construction for the Hanover High fall play served as a safety hazard for the Miss Hanover participants.
I really don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I really have a hard time identifying the school district as the bad guy here. I’m a big Al Moyer fan, but don’t always agree with some of the HPSD’s decisions. Except this one.
- Al is right when he says the primary responsibility of the district is for student events. The bottom line is that the Jaycees do not get to come in and dictate how the auditorium is used when there’s a school function using the same space. That said, compromise does need to take place so I hope the school district wasn’t too heavy handed.
- This is not the first time these two events have had to plan concurrently. When Miss Hanover takes place at HHS, this is always something to deal with. This is where I refer to the quote in the first paragraph. The Jaycees may not like how the play is doing things, but they know that the play is happening at the same time and have known that for a long time. They should have planned better to work around the play.
- I’m not trying to be catty here, but since the number of contestants is dwindling in Miss Hanover, maybe they need to examine the entire event instead of pointing fingers. From an outsider’s perspective, it just seems like they feel everyone should just embrace this event because it’s been going on a long time without questioning their plan. The Jaycees have 28 members. I’m sure it’s hard to pull off big events so maybe they need an overall assessment of practices instead of pointing fingers at others.
- I don’t know Kimberly Clapper, but when part of your defense comes down to “I even cried and the mean, mean people wouldn’t do what I wanted,” you get no sympathy from me. Your emotions don’t come into play here. Your planning and organizational skills do.
I’m not saying that a 43-year-old tradition like Miss Hanover needs to go away. In fact, I hope it remains a vital part of our Halloween traditions for years to come. I just personally think a sense of entitlement by the organizers has sparked this problem more than anything else. We have a year until the next Miss Hanover pageant. I hope solving issues with the venue are tops on the agenda for the next Jaycees meeting.