This is not a goodbye, I'm only stepping down to being a regular member, and there are a couple of good reasons why this has to happen now. Currently and for a while now I have been heavily involved with my mom, who was diagnosed with Dementia on April 24 of this year. As if that alone wasn't enough to tie up my time, just this past weekend, I was informed that my younger brother (who was for some time a recovered alcoholic and recovered drug addict) has succumbed to some pressure or stress and has returned once again to heavy drinking and drug use. I had not planned on another trip to the east coast until mid September but with my brother's need for help thrown in the mix, I'm going to make that flight a lot earlier than I had planned. Just the needs of these two family members is enough for you to understand what has driven me to make this decision. My family is in crises and they need my immediate and ongoing help, and help them I will to the width and depth of whatever it is going to take from me in time and energy. @Paradigm, the one thing that I've always known about myself is that there is always room for self-improvement and you have been an amazing role model for me along my personal journey to becoming a better man. You were the one who extended the invitation for me to become a Tenacious family member, for this and so much more you will have my eternal gratitude. /salute @Averie and @LoanWolf, I don't give a damn that we're not blood related, you are also my family and I dearly love you both. Thank you for understanding this. I'll be back and around the forums when time permits. Gamer's Night - August 10th, at the end of the evening's festivities (which I plan on attending) I would ask you to demote me to regular member status. I was promoted to Epic Officer on a Gamer's Night four years ago, and I thought it rather cool, to relinquish my chair at the end of this upcoming Gamer's Night. Hugs-N-Squeezes! Fellow Officers: There are too many of you now to list individual names, so this goes to ALL of my fellow officers. I'll be forever grateful that we had the opportunity to work together. You have all inspired me in so many ways, that positive inspiration I carry with me now and I will use it to the best of my abilities to help my family. Thank you all for your supportive friendships over these years, much love to you all. Tenacious Members: I loved being an officer and helping to find solutions with others to better the future of Tenacious, so that you could feel safe here, meet others in a wholesome environment and have lots of fun. I hope to share more time with you, just as soon as I can. Epic Officers - newly appointed or future officers: I have given this a great deal of thought regarding the new Epic officers who will be announced on Gamers Night, what could I tell you that will be helpful for you to know. So, before I step away from being an officer in Tenacious, I would like to impart this to you... Imagine for a moment that the membership or whole of Tenacious is a real heart and this ever-beating heart is kept healthy and grows bigger every day - by way of competent doctors who are in charge of its care. As a new officer, you may ask, "What kind of 'care' does the beating heart of Tenacious require?" Well, sometimes what is needed is a simple Band-Aid to smooth over a scrape or minor cut, while at other times it may require a monitor to resolve a blood pressure or pulse issue. But there are times (like when new technologies come along) where we all participated in "Discord" microscopic inspections to make sure that this new heart value was good for the whole of our community and would work properly. Whatever the need of this communities heart is, that need is met with passion and resolve that to the best of our abilities we as individuals will do no harm and nothing we surgically implement as a team shall irrevocably harm (our community) the beating heart of Tenacious. So, to hold a title of Epic or above (simply stated) means that you are now among-st some of the finest heart surgeons in the gaming community world. The sun rises and sets at some point on everyone's journey as an officer but it's not the duration of your participation that is important, it's the quality of your participation. By "quality" I mean participating in officer conversations, by getting there before a deadline and voting, by smiling and agreeing to disagree, by pulling back your suggestion to lift up someone else's idea that works better, all of this and them some is how you take the uniquely beautiful quality of your own beating heart and participate in an issue to find the best possible solution. The solution (derived from the team of passionate heart surgeons) then becomes a graph onto the vigorous and strong beating heart of this community. The graphs we apply promote growth. And then after the graph-surgery, you get to step back and see how wonderfully the solution worked. This is when you and your fellow officers realize that you have just done something that is awe-inspiring and extraordinary. I wish you all of the awe-inspiring and extraordinary experiences for your journey as an officer that I experienced on my journey. Sincerely, Siafu - a proud officer of Tenacious.