I don’t understand the criticisms aimed at our Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary president regarding the changes at the Allied Arts Guild. She clearly sees the problems we’ve had at the Allied Arts complex and she’s taking the necessary steps to fix them and return us to profitability, and sizeable donations to the Children’s Hospital. She’s not involved the Woodside-Atherton Board in most decisions because fast, direct action has been necessary to address the many problems faced by the Allied Arts complex, and she is quite capable of doing what is necessary.
She fervently believes that meetings and conferences are the future of the Guild, and that art galleries will draw many paying patrons. Our consultants assured us that this was a winning strategy, and we just need to find the right approach to attracting such business. The old restaurant was dated and the number of guests was declining. Why keep it when a newer, more contemporary caterer or tenant could bring in more business and better serve the large meeting markets we know will come. The restaurant volunteers were given the required 60 days notice and we wish them well.
Any important decisions, such as redefining the Allied Arts Guild, necessarily would be shared with the Association of Auxiliaries and the Hospital Liaison. Because many (if not most) of those individuals have roots in the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary (were members of our group), they fully understand the need for taking whatever actions are necessary to grow and expand the Guild property, and return it to profitability.
As our property grows to become a destination meeting complex, the validity of the tough decisions made by this strong leader of the Woodside-Atherton volunteer group will become obvious to all. The complex’s neighbors will welcome having such a renowned facility as part of their community.