This is the fifth year that we have worked as a volunteer entertainment committee for the Rancho Murieta Country Club. We work as a team and are dependant on one another to keep this endeavor going. Joan brings the musicians and Sharon does the advertising, orders the banners, writes programs, places ads on the dot com and in the River Valley Times, with an occasional article in the RVT.
Our original goal as presented to and approved by the Board of Directors at that time was to bring the right music for the planned venue (Murieta Room or 19th Hole), create the right atmosphere for each event and most importantly, as mentioned above, "get the word out - advertise." The ultimate goal was to make the Rancho Murieta Country Club the "destination of choice" every weekend for members and their guests, sell memberships and bring in more dollars for the Club. It has been acknowledged that we have accomplished these goals.
At this time we find ourselves in a very difficult situation and in the current environment cannot continue with this volunteer position. All musicians arranged by us including Jazz Supper Club performers have been cancelled effective the end of March. The issue that made this endeavor difficult is the lack of cooperation and communication by the RMCC Board's President. Our committee is circumvented and excluded from decisions regarding entertainment. Recently we discussed this issue with the Country Club's Executive Committee. They requested that we work through the House Committee and we, in fact, met with the Chairman of the House Committee to begin this process. We were quite hopeful that this new procedure would end the previous difficulties we had encountered. However, within days we were told to cancel all entertainers we had previously booked for Saturday nights in April and May as the President had booked those dates without even the courtesy of a phone call or a question to us to see if we could make adjustments in the cost or variety of the entertainment.
We don't deserve such treatment. We are consistent, very well organized and extremely reliable. Such a successful program should be applauded, not undermined. We have brought a varied program of musical entertainment to the Club that tripled attendance on Friday nights. Laid back music on Saturday was not working very well so we perked that up and now Saturdays have a very good turnout. In addition, we have very successfully brought many new functions to the Country Club, e.g., an annual sell out Crab Feed; a very successful New Year's Eve; a Valentine's Dinner with entertainment that more than doubled attendance of previous years; sellout monthly Jazz Supper Clubs and Special Events. All in all we do 110/112 contracts a year-basically a full time job.
We apologize to the members of Rancho Murieta Country Club that we can no longer continue under these circumstances. We want to thank you all for having been so unbelievably supportive and complimentary. It has been our pleasure to bring quality entertainment to you. Regretfully, Joan Williams and Sharon Wosser