We adults all cause some form of grief to our RSM every season, sometimes we do not make it easy on them. With that, I truly am grateful for the hard work all RECF RSM put to support all the teams globally. In good times, they are awesome making sure events are run smoothly despite erratic EPs such as myself. They connect organizations, large and small, to opportunities to grow their programs, and assure new and existing teams are connected with their communities. They are the forward face of RECF and all too often we blow steam in their direction that is misguided. I also want to acknowledge the internal operational staff of the RECF that assures operations continue and always try to find an answer - from can you change that team from MS to HS, or where are event checks after all public school buildings are shut down and no one thought to figure out who will check for mail!
So with that, I want to give a big thanks to the whole RECF organization for rolling out a pilot program for VEX AI to give all our teams something to connect to intellectually during the hugely challenging times of uncertainty. This is a pilot year with a huge amount of unknowns - but what is known is you can count on your RECF RSM! They are there for all the teams - the answers may not always be what you wanted, and some conversations more difficult than others, but they are out there to support all teams (even annoying ones from my school…)
I expect the conversations on the forum will help develop a clear direction for VAIC - a pilot year is meant to identify gaps - and it will be a while before teams/events are approved for pilot season. Clearly, there is a lot of interest.
@DanMantz (plz relay to RSM)