Saying Goodbye…


Marlene Smith

December, 2005


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It is usually not too difficult for me to write the monthly President’s Corner, provided I have made the time to do so. As most of you know, I am usually not at a loss for words and most of the time, have something on my mind that I would like to share with all of you. Now whether you want to hear it or not is another story!

I have been thinking about this article for the past few months and it is a difficult one to write. I am feeling a little melancholy as I write today, knowing that this is the last President’s Corner I will share with all of you. It has been such a pleasure to serve in this role for the Club, and to serve all of you for the past two years, that I am miraculously at a loss for words to express how grateful I am for the opportunity. The fact that you trusted me with the leadership of the organization speaks volumes to me. Your belief, support, love, and friendship all have made my tenure as President a highlight for me and one that I will treasure.

I did want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made my two years as President a successful one, and knowing me, surprisingly free of scandal. I realized that the list was too long to go through, because it includes everyone in the Club, along with family, and friends, just to name a few. Without the support of everyone in the Club, and those close to me, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my duties as President. I can’t express to all of you how much I truly valued our time together, and am grateful to everyone for making the job look as effortless as it seemed.

I am thrilled that Alex will be stepping into this leadership role for the Club. Her love for riding and for the Club, her outgoing personality and attention to detail, and her passion for success, nevermind her good looks and brains, will propel the Club to greater heights. Alex did a phenomenal job as Secretary for the Club and her hard work in that role is very much appreciated. Though Alex’s act as Secretary is a tough one to follow, Patty is more than ready to fill those shoes and I am sure, is relishing the challenges ahead.

Barbara is finally getting a much-deserved break from the Board. For many years, Barbara has served the Club in a variety of Board positions, ranging from President all the way down, and including her current role of Ride Captain. Barbara’s perspective and advice, along with her ideas and energy, will be missed by the Board. The Club will not only miss having Barbara as a member Board, but the Board itself will certainly miss having Barbara’s house as the central meeting spot for their quarterly meetings. We’ve made Barbara promise that we could still use her house to host our meetings. So far, she isn’t convinced and thinks it’s an evil plan to keep her involved with the Board. She may have figured us out on that one.

I do want to take this time to thank everyone again for the opportunity to serve you and the Club, and to wish all of you as Safe and Happy Holiday season, and a very joyous New Year.

"Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends." Richard Bach

"Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything. It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it." Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park, Tweek Vs. Craig, 1999


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