Six months ago, Carlos Barroqueiro announced he was stepping down as president of Coudersport Area Soccer Association. Today, with no one volunteering to take his place, the program could close, since no one has asked any questions or volunteered, Barroqueiro said.
Barroqueiro has been the president of CASA for the past six years. He has enjoyed his time with CASA and loves the association, but says between a family member with health issues and just generally feeling burnt out, he is looking for someone to take his place.
He's not the only one stepping down. Vice president of four years, Jessica Cornelius, is also departing, as is the rest of the board, leaving five open seats. All positions need to be filled for CASA to operate.
Barroquerio and Cornelius both posted to the CASA Facebook page earlier this week announcing the decision to temporarily close CASA due to lack of interest in serving on the board.
But, there could still be some hope. After their posts were made, multiple people began to comment and share. Some said they were willing to help, and others asked for more information about the board positions and time requirements.
Barriqueiro said he's willing to hold one more meeting for anyone who would be willing to fill a seat on the board, but if the trend continues of no one showing up, he's shutting the door.
He said everything is ready to go for the next board and he is willing to help guide them as much as the new board wants. He said anyone looking to serve needs to be passionate, dedicated and willing to sign on for 12 months.
The five seats of the executive board that need to be filled are president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and registrar.
President responsibilities include conducting monthly meetings, community involvement and public relations.
Vice president responsibilities include tracking and maintaining insurance, representing the president in his or her absence, uniforms and attending the North Star League meeting in St. Mary's.
The secretary takes minutes during meetings, distributes board documents and sends email notifications to players and families.
The treasurer tracks and balances money that is coming in and going out, deposits and attends meetings.
The registrar distributes registration forms, as well as keeps track of registrations. This person would also check the PO Box and attend meetings.
The final meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, in the conference room of the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport.
CASA "is a recreational, non-profit, volunteer organization that teaches basic soccer skills to children between the ages of four and 19," according to its Facebook page. It has been around for 25 years.
Children from all of Potter County participate in the association. Barroqueiro said they have around 250 kids sign up each year.