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imsorry
02-19-2008, 09:37 AM
4/28: Unfortunately, I don't have any good news. I just want everyone to know, the letter writing campaign was entirely my idea. I wanted to help a friend and didn't know what else to do. I really thought Disney would listen if guests with experience at the Beach Club made their voices heard. I guess I was wrong. What is the world coming to? It used to be the consumer had a voice. Recent events on the boards and in real life have opened my eyes to the cruel reality of life in 2008. I refuse to give up my rose colored glasses entirely, but I can tell you they now have a tinge of gray.

Thank you to everyone who tried to help. God Bless the little man. (from one of my favorite country singers)







I promised I would give updates. I got an email last night - the hearing is scheduled late next week. To everyone who wrote, thank you. Let's cross our fingers and say a prayer that it helps! If I hear anything else I will keep you all posted.

Thank you. :hug:





Here is a pic of Raouf:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a159/imsorry_/raf11.jpg

OhMari
02-19-2008, 09:43 AM
I am going to move you over to the Resorts Board. Hopefully you can get your answer.

imsorry
02-19-2008, 09:53 AM
Thank you. He needs help from friends if anyone here knows him.

imsorry
02-19-2008, 01:06 PM
any one?

RMulieri
02-19-2008, 02:42 PM
No, I don't know him...I wish I could help you though.:goodvibes

imsorry
02-19-2008, 02:56 PM
So far I've gotten 2 responses! Thank you!

goofyandmore
02-19-2008, 03:03 PM
If there is a Yacht and Beach Club thread, maybe that would be a good place to post as well.

safetymom
02-19-2008, 03:03 PM
Details would be helpful.

imsorry
02-19-2008, 03:07 PM
Details would be helpful.

I PM'd you!

flea1267
02-19-2008, 03:38 PM
I don't know him but I'm willing to help any CM who needs a friend! :hug:

vicceja
02-19-2008, 05:09 PM
Yes, we love Raouf :love: . Just this past December we had such a wonderful time with him. Please IM me or anything. Hope all is well:wizard:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7cc39b3127cceb278945d8e4100000026108Ics27Vsxcw

Raouf is the one with the White Hat:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7cc39b3127cceb27885efce6300000026108Ics27Vsxcw

imsorry
02-19-2008, 06:26 PM
Thank you so much to everyone who is responding. Hopefully, the pictures Vicceja posted will jog your memories to who Raouf is! If anyone else recognizes him, please PM me and I will let you know what we need to do for him!

Bless you all! :hug:

imsorry
02-19-2008, 07:17 PM
Yes, we love Raouf :love: . Just this past December we had such a wonderful time with him. Please IM me or anything. Hope all is well:wizard:

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7cc39b3127cceb278945d8e4100000026108Ics27Vsxcw

Raouf is the one with the White Hat:
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b7cc39b3127cceb27885efce6300000026108Ics27Vsxcw

Wow, you were there at the same time as us! 12/14 was my birthday and we went to MGM that day! We also spent time at the pool that day.

L107ANGEL
02-19-2008, 07:49 PM
You got it!! PM me the info and I will be thrilled to write on his behalf! :grouphug:

imsorry
02-20-2008, 05:18 AM
bumping for a new day; hopefully more people will see this. :)

Mickey Fliers
02-20-2008, 07:16 AM
Hey Auntie...I know him from the Beach Club. He would come into the pool with a huge water gun and have fights with the kids. He made sand castles with my boys. Then at night, he would be in the arcade "fixing" the machines so they didn't need money (not in a "cheating Disney" way, but a "one at time for a few minutes, this game doesn't require tokens"). I remember saying to my DH that he had the greatest job! Whenever the subject of "what job would you want at Disney?", I always say, "the guy at Stormalong Bay that gets to play with the kids". This is really too bad. :sad1:

I will write a letter.

SAINT1983
02-20-2008, 07:25 AM
While I don't remember him, my parents and younger sister seem to. I'm 24 and my parents (DVC members) and younger sister have mentioned the pool activities when they stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club. If you PM me with what you would like written, I'll pass it on to my parents.

imsorry
02-20-2008, 07:30 AM
Thank you! PM's are on the way!

dennisnlisab96
02-20-2008, 07:55 AM
I don't know him but if I can wright a letter that will help PM me and I will get on it today!!! I would love to help a CM that seems to be loved by many. We are staying at BC in October and hope to be lucky enough to meet him.

frndshpcptn
02-20-2008, 10:17 AM
I don't know him, but as a former CM I am always happy to help out a current one. PM me if you need something.

Alicnwondrln
02-20-2008, 10:19 AM
whats going on, I was also there this dec at the YC and that guy was a riot

CathrynRose
02-20-2008, 11:25 AM
This is such a shame.

So many people - including at DISNEY - have no pride in their jobs, or hate even getting up and going in the morning.

To have this happen to someone who DOES take pride and LOVE their job, upsets me - tremendously.

ImSorry - since youre very close to him, please keep us updated. If nothing else - perhaps we could give him amazing referrals to...Universal. ;)

CinderellyCinderelly
02-20-2008, 11:26 AM
PM and let me know what happened! I am pretty sure this is the guy who my little brother, cousins, and nephew were playing with at SAB when we stayed there, and they had nothing but good things to say! I would love to help.

Hannahsmom
02-20-2008, 12:24 PM
I PM'd you.

lwartberg
02-20-2008, 12:28 PM
So whats the situation?

BabyFu18
02-20-2008, 12:44 PM
I don't know him, but I'd love to help any CM that seems to be loved so much by so many, he seems like a great CM who is always there to help others enjoy their Disney vacations.

polyqueen
02-20-2008, 01:15 PM
After lurking for years (and years!) and getting terrific information and advice from so many, I would be very happy to write a letter, make a phone call, send an email on Raouf's behalf. He is personable, creative with the children's activities and a genuinely nice man. Please let me how my family and I can help him. Thanks!:teacher:

njmomboys2
02-20-2008, 01:17 PM
Please PM me...we were at the Beach Club July 07 for the first time and had many interactions with him and found him to be very pleasant and the kids loved his activities

ImagineerM
02-20-2008, 01:33 PM
I'd like a PM...I know him. how can I help?

imsorry
02-20-2008, 02:23 PM
Thank you to everyone who responded to me.

One correction:

RH's zip code is: 34711, NOT 34714.

jakeybake
02-20-2008, 05:29 PM
Hi,

I remember him from my trip in August of '07. He was great with the kids.

Please PM me and let me know the situation and what I can do to help.

Jay

DisneyMomx7
02-20-2008, 05:54 PM
I remember him from our YC trips. He was great with the kids. Please pm me so I can help.

cfknight
02-20-2008, 07:40 PM
Whats the problem? I spoke with him briefly while my kids swam our last trip. Love to help a friendly cm if possible.

Feigned
02-20-2008, 07:43 PM
Can you PM me with info about this please?

eemmie1
02-20-2008, 07:45 PM
Send me a PM and I would be happy to try and help out!

gottaluvPluto
02-20-2008, 07:46 PM
Can you please PM.

phawley
02-20-2008, 08:31 PM
PM me, please. My kids had a blast with him the last time we were at the BC!

BelleBeast
02-20-2008, 09:52 PM
Me Too - My kids love him - Please tell us he still is at the YC!!

Please let me know!

MousekaMaddi
02-20-2008, 09:58 PM
dont know him but am sending pixiedust his way:goodvibes

Goofyz3girls
02-20-2008, 10:07 PM
Please PM me...He made my DDs smile while we were down there for our xmas stay will do anything to help.:hug:

lordnamis
02-20-2008, 10:20 PM
Please Pm me, I would love to send something for him. We are going to BC villas in Sept and my son would love him to be there.

danx2plus3more
02-20-2008, 10:28 PM
pm me and i would be more than glad to help

juttawdw
02-21-2008, 06:01 AM
Please Pm , i would love to help

imsorry
02-21-2008, 06:45 AM
Wow, I'm overwhelmed by the response!! My PM box was almost full!

Thank you to everyone who is offering to help. :hug:

imsorry
02-23-2008, 08:35 AM
bumping for updated in post #1

lwartberg
02-24-2008, 11:36 AM
Please PM me and let me know what I can do!

DJ Disney Kid
02-24-2008, 11:53 AM
Why are we not just saying what the problem is? I think you'd have a better response if it wasn't relegated to PM's.

elastigirl
02-24-2008, 11:58 AM
Please PM me as well. Thanks!

safetymom
02-24-2008, 02:33 PM
For anyone wanting more information please contact the original poster by PM. No need to post here you want a PM. Thank you.

imsorry
02-26-2008, 07:27 AM
:wizard:

CathrynRose
02-26-2008, 11:06 AM
Thank you for your continued support - I am still receiving PM's.


Saturday:Dh and I just spoke to Raouf. He is very depressed. I have received many PM's for information about writing letters. I told him there has been a great response. He said someone from here told him there weren't that many responses - that is because most have come to me in the form of a PM. If anyone is on speaking terms with him, please let him know that at least 15 people have offered to write for him. Thanks!!



If anyone here is familiar with Raouf, he works at the Yacht & Beach Club at the pool (Stormalong Bay), please PM me. He ran the recreation events for the kids. He needs his friends right now. I am asking for letters on his behalf - it is regarding his job status. I will Pm details to anyone who knows him and asks.

Thank you so much to the people who have already responded!

Here is a pic of Raouf:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a159/imsorry_/008_17-1.jpg


Are there any more updates? :confused:

imsorry
02-26-2008, 11:43 AM
Are there any more updates? :confused:

Not yet. We put a call in to his supervisor on Saturday (he is off on weekends) and we have not yet received a call back. I have received many offers to write letters; hope it helps. If nothing else, maybe it will cheer him up. I'll let you know when I hear from him.

jkkr14
02-28-2008, 06:22 PM
Please let me now the details and what we can do!!!We were at BCV 2 weeks ago and our kids plan our vacation around seing Raouf, we got conflicting reports when we asked about him. Finally one of the coordinators told my 6 year old that Raouf didn't work there anymore and he cried and wanted to go home. The coordinator walked over to another recreation staff member and told her what he had asked and her response was "why do people keep asking about him?" I got the impression that something was up based on the responses we got when asking about him.

My kids made a photo album of their last visit to give to Raouf and were extremely disappointed that they did not get to give it to him so if you have an address they would love to send it to him!!

Please let me know what we can do to help, Raouf is awesome and truley makes our visits "magical".

DISNUT21
02-28-2008, 08:41 PM
Please PM me the info & details . I would be glad to help!

**eeyore**
02-28-2008, 09:57 PM
I would also be interested in helping - he is a great asset to WDW! Please PM me the details.

Jillpie
02-28-2008, 10:13 PM
why can't it be posted here? I would like to know what is going on too.

imsorry
02-29-2008, 07:43 AM
Thank you for the continuing support. :wizard:

Judy

Jillpie
02-29-2008, 11:55 AM
Judy, thank you for the PM. That is just awful and please tell him we are all thinking and hoping the best for him. I don't know him, but he sure sounds like a winner with the kids.

jonestavern
02-29-2008, 01:08 PM
While we don't have any little ones, I had a fun time watching Raouf with the kids during our trips. He seemed to be truly a fun guy, great for the job. So nice to hear he was regarded so highly by so many. :cloud9:

Sending him lots of :wizard:


Jean

imsorry
02-29-2008, 01:27 PM
I'll be gone for the weekend; I will answer PM's Sunday night. Thanks!!!!:hug:

imsorry
03-04-2008, 01:06 PM
:yay:

njziggy
03-04-2008, 04:16 PM
My DS saw the picture of him & was sooo excited to see him again. He had burried my son in the sand & made him into a sphynx. It was one of the hightlights of his trip (a long time ago). Since then he always makes time to go to the pool to hang out with his "friend".

The_Admiral
03-04-2008, 04:27 PM
Ive seen him many times, seems to do a good job organizing games and stuff.

Why all the secrecy?

imsorry
03-04-2008, 05:28 PM
It's not secrecy, he lost his job and needs letters written to his manager. I did not want this to be a gossip thread - I tried to be tactful and ask people who know him to PM me. If you have met him and want to help, please PM me.

I don't know if it is appropriate to put all the details and addresses here. I am just trying to help, and not hurt.

Please understand.

Mom of Poppins
03-04-2008, 08:12 PM
My DD5 had a great time playing pool games organized by Raouf in Sept. 2006. He really made our time at the pool enjoyable and we were looking forward to seeing him again on our next trip this May. Please PM me and let me know the details. Thanks.:confused3

DrmWvr1299
03-06-2008, 03:30 PM
We met him a while ago. Please PM with details and I will do what I can to help.

imsorry
03-07-2008, 05:27 AM
We met him a while ago. Please PM with details and I will do what I can to help.

pm on it's way! thanks!

YCNUT
03-07-2008, 07:05 AM
will help please pm me also!

Allison
03-07-2008, 07:10 AM
For anyone wanting more information please contact the original poster by PM. No need to post here you want a PM. Thank you. .

imsorry
03-07-2008, 08:32 AM
will help please pm me also!


done!

Cathy baby RN
03-07-2008, 01:07 PM
We would also like to help out too.:love: Please PM me.
Cathy

imsorry
03-07-2008, 01:30 PM
I'll be off the computer til Sunday night; I'll respond to any PM's then.


have a great weekend everyone! :hug:

mousey
03-07-2008, 01:43 PM
please pm me--I would like to help!

trjme
03-07-2008, 02:21 PM
I tried to pm you but it said my post count was too low. How may I help out
Raouf?

imsorry
03-10-2008, 09:40 AM
I tried to pm you but it said my post count was too low. How may I help out
Raouf?


If you had a good experience with Raouf please send a letter of recommendation to:

wdw.guest.communications@disney.com

Thank you!

imsorry
03-12-2008, 02:09 PM
If anyone wrote a letter to Disney, thank you. Please send a copy to Raouf, he needs moral support right now. :hug:

imsorry
03-13-2008, 06:38 AM
.

L107ANGEL
03-13-2008, 05:28 PM
This needs a bump!

imsorry
03-14-2008, 06:20 AM
This needs a bump!

Thank you, it's starting to work!!!:yay:


Judy

mommykds
03-14-2008, 10:56 AM
I would like to help. He was there the 2 times we stayed at the BC & was great with my kids. I sent you a PM & hope I can help too.

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/Mommykds/Disney%20World%20August%202007/IMG_1163.jpg

My little one was scared of the fire & he was so nice to her...
http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a11/Mommykds/Disney%20World%20August%202007/IMG_1167.jpg

lmhall2000
03-14-2008, 02:04 PM
If you PM me, I'd be glad to write a letter, just need to know what I'm writing for..we're going to YC this Fall...would be nice to meet him!
Tara

L107ANGEL
03-14-2008, 05:19 PM
The op goes away on the weekends, so don't feel she is ignoring you. I am sure she will check in on Sun night or Mon morning.

Julieh22
03-14-2008, 07:51 PM
I remember him from our last trip! If you pm me with some info. I will also write a letter for him..

gigi1313
03-14-2008, 07:58 PM
subscribing and sent a pm :)

momof296&02
03-14-2008, 08:38 PM
The kids really enjoyed all he did on one of our trips to YC/BC. I sent a pm & I would be willing to write a letter on his behalf, however, I would like the details of the situation b4 I write.

Shir Kahn
03-14-2008, 08:52 PM
I don't know him, but I'll send some pixiedust: his way. Sounds liked he was loved by an awful lot of people!

Harmonysmomma
03-15-2008, 10:26 PM
Can you please pm me the details.. thanks

imsorry
03-16-2008, 12:46 AM
i'm back - PM's sent!!!:cheer2:

maxsmomamy
03-18-2008, 11:54 AM
Why did he loose his job? I'd be happy to support this fellow if it was truely a mistake and he SHOULD be there- just wondering what happened behind the scenes?

TiggerCat
03-20-2008, 10:05 AM
Why did he loose his job? I'd be happy to support this fellow if it was truely a mistake and he SHOULD be there- just wondering what happened behind the scenes?

Ditto. It is hard to support him when you have no idea why he lost his job. Can the OP provide some more info.

TC.

LilGMom
03-20-2008, 10:29 AM
While we've never personally had an interaction with Raouf I'd be happy to send a letter of support if, like a PP said, his firing is a huge mistake. He seems like he was a huge asset to the resort and loved by many guests. Good CMs can make such a huge difference and impact on a vacation so I'd hate to think of a great one not being able to contribute to the vacation experience.

safetymom
03-20-2008, 10:36 AM
I don't this is the place to post the information regarding his employment.

imsorry
03-20-2008, 10:56 AM
I don't this is the place to post the information regarding his employment.

which is why I requested people to PM me for more info! ;)

safetymom
03-20-2008, 11:11 AM
I was responding to the posts asking for more information in this thread. You are correct they should contact you for more information.

imsorry
03-20-2008, 11:18 AM
I was responding to the posts asking for more information in this thread. You are correct they should contact you for more information.

Thank you!!!! He sent me a pic:


http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a159/imsorry_/raouf202620mikey1.jpg

Hoping more people will recognize him!

imsorry
03-28-2008, 07:07 AM
I got a brief email from Raouf yesterday; he seems in much better spirits; I think we are having an impact!!! He is thankful to anyone who wrote on his behalf. Hope to hear more from him today. :)

Alicnwondrln
03-28-2008, 07:30 AM
thats great news!

siouxi31
03-31-2008, 04:46 PM
I PM'd you.

Raouf is as iconic as Art. We've looked forward to interactions with him since our first meeting in 2000.

L107ANGEL
03-31-2008, 06:19 PM
I got a brief email from Raouf yesterday; he seems in much better spirits; I think we are having an impact!!! He is thankful to anyone who wrote on his behalf. Hope to hear more from him today. :)

Thats great!

ChrisAlli
04-03-2008, 09:37 AM
Please PM me with info on what to do to help.

We stayed at the BC last May and I was amazed at the patience and kindness he had with the kids.

We also witnessed, not my kids, but others being very unappreciative of the time he was taking to play and have fun with them. I was amazed at his tolerance.

My kids loved when he would do his activities, made time at the pool a little extra special

MBELSANTI
04-03-2008, 01:46 PM
I would like to help him too. Please PM me the info.

PrincessGracie
04-03-2008, 03:04 PM
My kids loved playing in the sand with Raouf at the Beach Club! I have such cute pics of them building a sand castle!

Please PM me the details! I'd love to write a letter or make a phone call!

Thanks OP!

imsorry
04-08-2008, 06:14 AM
:yay: please keep thinking positive thoughts!

Lilolvr
04-08-2008, 06:19 AM
I don't think this is the place to post the information regarding his employment.I agree!

Mickey Fliers
04-08-2008, 06:58 AM
Glad things are rolling along, Auntie! Did he get my letter?

imsorry
04-08-2008, 07:14 AM
Glad things are rolling along, Auntie! Did he get my letter?

Yes, he told me about it, was very happy! Thank you!:hug:

imsorry
04-28-2008, 05:35 PM
not so happy update in post #1.:sad1:

L107ANGEL
04-28-2008, 05:42 PM
not so happy update in post #1.:sad1:
I am so sorry!:hug:

siouxi31
04-28-2008, 05:51 PM
not so happy update in post #1.:sad1:

Bless you for standing up and trying to make a difference.

GOOFY26
04-28-2008, 09:08 PM
PM me i will write a letter (dvc member one of my home resorts)

imsorry
04-29-2008, 06:15 AM
PM me i will write a letter (dvc member one of my home resorts)

I'll have to look up the address and get back to you this afternoon. Thank you!

L107ANGEL
05-09-2008, 04:23 PM
UPDATE! I just heard from the OP, he got his job back!!!!!!!:yay: :yay: Thanks from the OP and the recipient for the kindness you have all shown him! :grouphug:

Tinkerbelle32
05-09-2008, 05:44 PM
:hug:

momof3littlelilos
05-09-2008, 06:13 PM
YAY!
DH and I were just talking about this when we were checking out resort pictures and planning our trip.
Hopefully we'll get to build sandcastles with Raouf in 2009 :thumbsup2
I'm glad it worked out!

lucywithdiamonds
05-16-2008, 11:20 AM
We saw Raouf! He was back at the Yacht & Beach Club this week!!:cool1: :cool1:

He is so happy, he wants everyone to know how much he appreciates all the kind words and prayers.

He is very happy to be back with his "Disney Family".

ampooh
05-16-2008, 12:27 PM
yay for seeing Raouf at the BC/YC last week. I Pm'd the original poster but kept reading waiting on his answer.

I am so glad he is back. We've been entertained by Raouf since our first BC visit in 1999. I am so glad he was able to return.

I'm ready to play a game of volleyball now.

can't wait until we ae there next month.

lucywithdiamonds
05-16-2008, 12:44 PM
The weather was glorious this week, and getting to welcome Raouf "home" made it even sweeter. :)

L107ANGEL
05-17-2008, 09:19 AM
The OP was there this past week as well, and said he is very happy and thankfull. Yay:yay:

lucywithdiamonds
05-19-2008, 06:21 AM
yay for seeing Raouf at the BC/YC last week. I Pm'd the original poster but kept reading waiting on his answer.

I am so glad he is back. We've been entertained by Raouf since our first BC visit in 1999. I am so glad he was able to return.

I'm ready to play a game of volleyball now.

can't wait until we ae there next month.

OP is no longer participating on these boards but wanted to thank everyone who showed support. :grouphug:

parrotheadlois
05-23-2008, 02:18 PM
Oh Yay! I wondered what happened!!!!:cool1:

lucywithdiamonds
05-27-2008, 07:01 AM
Unfortunately the OP is no longer here to upate the first post; so we don't know how many people realize that he is back. Thanks again for your support!:hug:

lucywithdiamonds
05-28-2008, 05:27 AM
::yes:: ::yes:: ::yes:: :yay:

iluvwdw4ever
06-19-2008, 10:29 AM
We were at the Beach Club from May 31- June 10 and were sooooo happy to see Raouf back to work!!!!!!!!!!!!! My kids just love him!!!!!!

Here are some pictures...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/WDWJune20081664.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/WDWJune20081671.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/WDWJune20081669.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/WDWJune20081672-1.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y186/iluvwdw4ever/WDWJune20081675.jpg

vicceja
06-20-2008, 11:13 AM
We were there from June 4-15 - we also were very happy to see Raouf:goodvibes They celebrated his 10th year anniversary while we were there.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8d837b3127ccec43423a6efcb00000020O08Ics27Vsxcg9 vPgo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D560/ry%3D300/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8d837b3127ccec435e32acf6b00000020O08Ics27Vsxcg9 vPgo/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D560/ry%3D300/

jazzgirl
06-20-2008, 11:18 AM
I am so glad that everything worked out for Raouf!! I'm really looking forward to seeing him on our upcoming trip in September! :goodvibes

ampooh
07-10-2008, 01:30 PM
We were there June 28-July 4. I talked with Raouf and told him how happy I was to see him back. He has read this thread and he was touched by the posted pics.

so here is him doing the Cupid Shuffle

http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q137/ampooh_2006/DSCF5090.jpg