[printprofilepic]Already it is June, a time of transitions: some new board members, some new council members, and a new DRE coming in July. And my tenure as vice president, then president is over. Although I still have a year as past president, that‘s fairly easy—all you have to do is make an occasional sage comment and attend a few board meetings.
At the annual meeting, a couple of people came up and said, “Aren’t you glad, your job is over?” Yes, I am glad, particularly after March and April, which were tough months with worries over the annual meeting and finances. But in a lot of ways it’s sad. It’s fun being at the top! People pay attention to you. Also, I know it’s going to be hard to completely turn over the reigns to Larry Schultz.
When I started, several people seemed surprised that I would take on this job, and some asked if I realized it was a three-year job! I did indeed know that, but I had my reasons for taking it on. One, it had been close to thirty-seven years since I had been a board member of the church and I felt it was time to give something back. And second, I saw this as probably my last chance to be able to make a real difference.
Fortunately, we had a pretty straightforward year. No major building problems, a good start on the new building plans, a smooth transition to a new DRE, and a good pledge drive, which left us fiscally sound for FY2012.
So, once more, much thanks are given to all those who helped and supported me. In particular, I had a great board working with me. And, of course, thanks to the council, and the myriad of committee members who help out, all of whom continue to keep the wheels rolling and the building operational. And, finally, a special thanks to those who came forward with “good job” or “great column, Dean”—such comments are always appreciated.