And so on the eve of the Olympics we had a big IABC social event to mark the arrival of the Winter Olympic Games. There were about 80 members present and we held the draw at the end of the evening. And the man who won was Fred Morley, one of the most senior members of the chapter. He was completely thrilled. And we all celebrated that he’d won. Thanks to Ballistic Arts for the video clip.
That’s where my story begins. I got a note from him the next morning, which I’m sharing now, with Fred’s permission, along with my response:
What can I say? A complimentary registration to RonCon2010. What more could an IABC/BC member ask for?Well, Fred, you are better known than you think. I love the humility and grace of your letter, and I’m going to honour your request in a special way. You can come to the Communication Cookout and any other RonCon 2010 sessions you want as my guest, and in the spirit of your request I’m going to offer one more full conference registration for the B.C. chapter to give away and we’ll soon announce how we'll do that.
As much as every fibre in my body is telling me to go for it, RonCon2010 really belongs to a younger IABC/BC member. Had I been faster off the mark last night I would have said "thanks" and asked that another name be drawn. But I wasn't and the more I read and reread the programme content the more I know it really should go to a younger member who has a few years under her or his belt and is now ready to take on more responsibility. Having this seminar on one's resume will be a definite plus.
Why am I having such a hard time writing this e-mail?
But facts are facts. I am now 71 years old and retired from the business for six and the things I will learn from RonCon2010 will be only for my knowledge and pleasure. In the past 40 years IABC/BC and its forerunner, the B.C. Industrial Editors Association have been good to me and it will be selfish of me not to let this opportunity go to a younger and more active IABC/BC member.( As I remarked to Adrian Harper when we were walking to the Skytrain station, "I'll bet nine out of ten people in the room tonight are wondering who the hell is Frederick Morley?)
I'll leave it to you three to find the best way to make the change. If I may though, I have one favour to ask; may I come to the RonCon2010 barbecue session?
Fred, I think you exemplify the values of this association. Your generosity of spirit reminds me of why I’m a member of IABC. So thanks very much and I’ll see you at RonCon 2010. You’ll be the Grand Marshall of our Communication Cookout!