If you attended the HBA Christmas Party last week, you had an opportunity to hear in detail my list of “thank yous” to all of those members and volunteers who helped me so much throughout my tenure as HBA President. I won’t repeat them all here but I do want to simply say it has been a privilege serving the members of this organization in this capacity. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished and I know that we are extremely well situated for success in 2009 with our new president, Rusty MacLachlan, at the helm.
I’ve been at a number of leadership meetings in the last week with Rusty and many of our incoming committee chairmen and board members. Rusty has an incredible grasp of both the challenges and opportunities our industry faces at the local, state and national levels. Trust me when I say, he has very detailed plans and the strategic focus necessary to help our industry come through the next two years even stronger. Please engage in HBA activities and events as much as possible in the coming year and make certain you take every opportunity to communicate your ideas to the volunteer leadership and staff. They want to know what you need from your association.
Finally, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am already enjoying the holiday – including my uniquely decorated tree (see photo at right) which features my new string of “Bass” lights. This is one good looking tree — reminds me that fishing season is just around the corner.