Dear M.A.C.S. Members;
(As you read this, please remember that my mind is still not clear.)
Although there were only 14-people in attendance, during our June 9th, 2011 meeting, it was a turning point for our group… a changing of the guard… the end of an era...
Sylvia and I have done volunteer work for M.A.C.S. for the past 16-years (since 1994). It began by answering a few questions during the meetings and over time we wore more and more “hats”… with Sylvia doing the newsletter, membership duties, Apple Ambassador, etc. I took on the website and eventually moderated the Question & Answer sessions. Some things were a challenge but we learned a lot and generally loved working with Macs, helping M.A.C.S. members and contributing our ideas. At the same time, we set up policies which kept our newsletter, website and meetings free of advertising and solicitors. Since our members were bombarded by this throughout their day, we felt that M.A.C.S. should be an unbiased environment. Over the years, we actually kicked out a couple of companies which tried to sneak in and become members. Keep in mind, they would have had access to membership lists, years ago, when we made them available.
Since we began with M.A.C.S., Sylvia and I were always looking for ways to improve the policies or add benefits and other ideas. With just her and I, many times we would sit down and discuss many details of a new idea — becoming our own “think tank”. If we need more input or approval, we would then present the idea to the M.A.C.S. Executive Board.
Around April 2010, Sylvia began having more and more of a health problem but hid most of her pain — even from me at times. Because of this, she began to resent any type of computer “work”. In October 2010, she began having “level 10” pain in her stomach area… and these pains were impossible to hide. It wasn’t until November that she decided that her and I needed a “lifestyle” change, which meant dropping all computer work and focusing only on what Sylvia and I are all about — music. That’s how we met. We’re really musicians! (I play drums and Sylvia plays keyboards.) We don’t have ANY formal computer training or technical background. We learned everything we know about Apple ][ and Macintosh computers from USING them! However, because Sylvia enjoys M.A.C.S. and helping its members, she looked closer to what the newsletter needed to be. She decided that times had changed and people may be more interested in the “social” or “behind the scenes” aspect of what other members use their Macs for. So she changed the newsletter from “Mountain MACS” to “Member Moments”, last December.
On March 19th, 2011, Sylvia was taken to the emergency room. Two days later, we were taken to hospice. After 3 terrible weeks, My Sylvia crossed over on April 9th, 2011.
I’ve had high stress and panic attacks since October and haven’t been well since the emergency room day. For over 21-years, Sylvia and I have not been more than about 100-feet apart. To say we are close is a true understatement. We were much more than “soul mates”… we were “symbiotic”.
At times I can almost think clearly. At times, though, it feels like My Sylvia passed only yesterday. I thought maybe I could keep up some of the tasks I had been doing but because I don’t have the motivation, a clear mind or My Sylvia, I feel that it’s time to hand our “hats” over to other M.A.C.S. members. The club as a whole deserves new energy and the M.A.C.S. members deserve to have continued evolving support.
So it is with great sadness in my heart that I hand over all of my duties and Sylvia’s work to the next torch-bearers in M.A.C.S. history.
-- Sincerely, Paul & Sylvia Rego