Becky Barlow retires after 17 years of service
Thank YouUpdatedFriday May 8, 2020 byCBAA Office.
May 7, 2020
Dear Soccer Families and Friends,
Today, I announce my retirement as / Buckingham United Soccer President. This past March marked my 4th consecutive term (8 years) as president. I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 17 years as a volunteer for Central Bucks Athletic Association and all of the sports programs within. I began volunteering, like many parents in our organization as a general volunteer in March of 2003. I joined the Executive Board in 2006 as a Director of Communications. I was assisting the Board in a variety of ways learning a lot about the inner workings of the various programs. In 2009, I took on the role of the Executive Board Secretary. I then became manager of my son’s travel soccer team in 2008. I quickly became interested in becoming more involved with the soccer organization. Ultimately, I accepted the role as Interim President of Soccer in 2012.
As a mom of three children who have participated in basketball, lacrosse and soccer, it gave me a great opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in our community. My kids, now 21, 19 and 16, along with my husband Drew, have been participating and volunteering right by my side. was so to my kids, that it actually helped form some powerful college essays that focused on community involvement, youth sports and mentoring.
Over the years my primary goal was to help the organization grow and prosper. We worked tirelessly with the Executive Board in many ways to improve our infrastructure and operations. I am very proud of the growth that we have achieved together.
Highlights of our Major Accomplishments include:
Major Partnership’s and initiatives
Over these years, it has been a whirlwind of work, activities and achievements both personally and on behalf of the organization. I was so honored to have won the Volunteer of the Year award from the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association in 2012. It is an accomplishment that I will treasure as it represents for me the acknowledgement of all of the hours spent on behalf of and the kids in our community. Just this past year, my good friend John received the “Coach of the Year Award”. I was able to attend the awards banquet with his entire family. His award proves the special place that we have built here.
As I have been reflecting over my final months as president, I can now say, I enjoyed volunteering at our tournaments, festivals, The memories that I will hold most dear, however, revolve around all of the smiles on the faces of our children and families. Our joint mission to serve our community through our youth sports programs is one that I will hold in the highest esteem.events and even Field Maintenance days, despite some obstacles and challenges along the way. As a community, we always were able to pull together and overcome for the benefit of our kids.
I have a deep gratitude for so many who have so enriched my life during my time at . I look forward to this new chapter in my life, which includes sending my youngest off to college soon. My daughter has 2 more year playing Basketball and Soccer, so I am lucky to sit on the sidelines as her biggest fan, as well as continue to volunteer in many other ways. It’s both surreal and exciting for me to be moving out of my role as president. My heart smiles to know that we were able to accomplish so much for kids in our community and continue a 47-year-old legacy that started as just a soccer team in Buckingham Township!
To the Community as a whole, thank you for providing me:
Thank you to:
We rely on the volunteer efforts of many of the stakeholders in our organization that includes our wonderful coaches, team leaders and parents. Without the generous donation of time, talents and energy we could not function effectively. Our basketball, lacrosse and soccer program committees and board members spend countless hours on behalf of our organization and are such an integral part of our mutual success.
The unprecedented nature of the -19 pandemic and its impact on our organization represents a seismic shift in the landscape that we operate in. This is a time that calls for new leadership and a thoughtful and creative response to our challenges. We rely on our and sponsorship efforts led by our successful Bimbo tournament to help us to balance the budget. If you are able to help in any way, this is the time! Your kids and will be grateful. I look forward to the next generation of leaders at who will guide the organization. Over the years, my primary goal was to help the organization grow and prosper. We worked tirelessly with the Executive Board in many ways to improve our infrastructure and operations. I am very proud of the growth that we have achieved together.
Joe , our Executive Board Vice President is leading the charge of day to day activities for all of our Sports programs. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions that you may have.
As there are many questions around the -19 Recovery and Response Plan, the Board is meeting on a weekly basis. The Board will be able to respond to any issues and questions that our membership and outside partners have including:
Warmest regards to all! Stay well and stay connected!