The 501st recently held their yearly elections, including elections for a new detachment leader for the Bounty Hunter’s Guild. The person who was elected as the new detachment leader immediately stepped down which has triggered a second election and is the reason I am writing.
The leadership and future direction of the Bounty Hunter’s Guild now hangs in the balance and one of our own, Bob Gouveia, aka Webchief has stepped up to answer the call to service.
For those of you who are members of both the Bounty Hunter’s Guild and the Dented Helmet, I would ask that you carefully consider Bob and what he represents as you choose your next leader.
Bob is a founding member of the Dented Helmet and has served as a moderator of this group for nearly a decade. Bob has also been a dedicated member of the 501st for over a decade and has served in various leadership roles there as well. Bob has always done a great job of bridging the unfortunate divide between these two groups. He is motivated, dedicated and most importantly, a peacemaker. While Bob loves the Dented Helmet, he feels compelled to go where there is need and help his fellow costumers at the Guild and while I hate to see a competitor receive an injection that I know will not only give it new life, but renewed vigor, I can’t help but admire Bob’s tenacity and undying desire to serve his fellow costumer. Bob has wisely partnered with another long time TDH member who mirrors Bob’s level-headedness and willingness to serve both communities. That running partner is Bill Warren, aka Asok. As many of you know, Bill served on our staff for many years and is still serving the 501st in various ways.
Bob and Bill are exactly the kind of leadership the BHG needs. They are energetic and enthusiastic, yet humble and thoughtful. They are not filled with pride or bravado and they see great value in our community as well as the 501st. Most importantly, they have a desire to serve. They are leaders in the truest sense of the word and it has been my privilege to work with both of them throughout the last decade and you, as BHG members would be very blessed to have them serving your community.
To those of you who are 501st/Bounty Hunter’s Guild members, who will you choose to serve you? Despite the recent spurning, I still very much care for the members of the Bounty Hunter’s Guild. Within the votes you cast during the question of whether or not to partner with TDH, it was clear that the vast majority of you were looking for change and looking for something new. While a partnership with TDH is off the table, Bob Gouveia and Bill Warren ARE that change that you were looking for. They are your best hope for a bright future and a thriving detachment, free of continued strife between our two communities, and free of the unfounded xenophobic fear we see in others.
Vote Bob. Vote Bill. Vote for leaders of men , tried and tested servants of your community, and peacemakers between TDH and the BHG.
Voting begins Thursday at the 501st Legion Boards. I would encourage all 501st/Guild members to vote for Bob, even if you don't currently frequent that site as your vote will change the course of the future of that community.