03/19/2008: "After Over A Decade Of Service, Miller Resigns As Fair Manager"
Dear Council Members, Mr. Rose, & Fairboard Members,
This is my letter of resignation as Manager of the San Juan County Fair, effective in 30 days or until a replacement is found and the transition is solidified.
My number one priority in my position has been to allow the community to experience and participate in the Fair as an enormous work of community art. Each Fair department has unique needs that must be met in order to present the most excellent that they have to offer. I have done my best to support and respect the enthusiasm that is feverishly displayed to help the Fair community accomplish their individual goals. This important yearly event gives us a forum in which to celebrate what is right in our community, adding the flavor and color, which make living in this county so extraordinary.
More than anything, I have strived to keep our Fair community active by supporting our 4H programs, our youth, the vast talents of those who take the time to participate, and caring for the Fairgrounds facility. As funky as it is, the Fairgrounds has served the islands for over 75 years. It has been the site for: The Annual Fair, Senior Center, D.O.L., Co-Op Preschool, Skate Park and Family Park, Tennis Clubs, The School Farm, Day Park, and a start up site for several churches. The Fair has cultivated many fine ideas such as “Navigating our Future”, and the special Agricultural Exhibit, which may have planted the seeds for the ARC and others. As manager I have listened to the creative needs of the Fair community, and helped create exhibits and displays. I have also kept open the possibilities, and held the vision, for the Annual Fair to emerge.
I am deeply grateful and honored to have been a part of the San Juan County Fair over the last 11 years. My decision to resign is a gut level decision, much like the one I made when I first moved to the islands over 18 years ago which was, coincidently, fair week.
I will continue to support the Fair in any way that I can. Many seeds have been planted to help the community and the Fairgrounds grow: the Farmers Market, the Green House Project, the Re-designation, and a variety of other uses that are congruent with this public facility. I look forward to the continuing growth.
San Juan Island