I must also point out that the WISD administration was not a friend of the BBPC throughout this past year. Two “high” members of WISD were involved in conversations with this selfish parent. Both of these members allowed her to think she was in a position of power and enabled her to keep causing problems. They could have shut her down immediately by telling her they have no authority over how parent clubs are operated. WISD needs to recognize first and foremost that it has absolutely no authority over the BBPC.
The BBPC, as with all parent clubs within the district, is a totally independent organization and separate from WISD. Yes, they work in concert with each other and need each other, but the WISD administration has no authority to tell any of the parent clubs how to run its business or how to expend its resources. The only thing WISD can do is not allow the parent clubs to use WISD properties for meetings, fundraising, etc.
Every year in August, the new line of Belles meets very early at WHS for what is called Sunrise Ceremony. The morning starts with some fun, a touch football game between the classes coached by members of the WHS football coaching staff, a breakfast for everyone and then a very serious ceremony where the new Blue Belles get their field uniforms, their boots and their hats. There is a lot of emotion at this ceremony – the honor of being able to wear those boots and that hat is almost indescribable. As the father of four Belles, it hits me every time I am there. During this ceremony, the Blue Belles recite a creed and a promise.
Blue Belles Creed
I believe as a Blue Belle I should be:
Joyous, courageous, and courteous, truthful, considerate and just.
Too noble to speak ill of others.
Willing to forgive and forget.
Prompt and gracious in obedience.
Willing to sacrifice personal pleasures for the betterment of others.
Ready to do all possible service.
Quick to appreciate what is done for me.
Respectful to my parents and elders.
That I may become a fine and worthy young lady.
Blue Belle Promise
I, as a Blue Belle, do solemnly promise:
Before these witnesses that I will know and abide by the Constitution of the Belles, I will uphold the traditions and high standards of the organization and I will do everything in my power to promote Blue Belle activities and interests.
I know some people take these kinds of words as being sappy and “old fashioned” and have no meaning. But, as a retired military officer, where I was ingrained with and ingrained in those who worked for me, the U.S. Air Force core values – integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do – a creed to live by is very important. As with the Belles creed and promise, these are no small words – when truly taken to heart; but they contain extremely high value when they are lived.
Just maybe the parent that is causing all this strife within the BBPC could read and subscribe by this creed and promise. Such simple words, yet so hard to fulfill.
To all my Blue Belle daughters – blood, adopted or otherwise – we are so much better and stronger as a unit, keep your heads up and dance on! BLUE BELLES ROCK!
Gerry Ourada, Weatherford