Issue 1, January 3, 2016

This Wednesday will mark our first meeting of 2016.  It is when I step down as President and Patrick Heatherington, takes over.  Some of our Board members drop off, and others assume open positions.
This will be the time to recognize all of our members who chaired and co-chaired last year’s events.  To give you an idea of how much this Club accomplishes in a year, on Wednesday, we will recognize nearly 70 members for their efforts in 2015.  Some of these people will be recognized for more than one project.  If you chaired or co-chaired an event in 2015, you should make every effort to be at this week’s meeting.
This will also be time when our 2015 leadership is released from duty, and the 2016 leadership is installed.  Neat fact: at one point during the meeting, Chairman Annie will be the sole leadership of Club.  If you are a Board member or Officer in 2015 and/or 2016, you should REALLY make every effort to be at this week’s meeting.
This week’s meeting is not unlike the New Year’s Eve scenario of the old bearded-man walking out and the new baby arriving.  Patrick may be starting his journey, but I am not insinuating that he is youthful and naïve.  I have the most confidence in him as your new president; he is very focused and organized.  He has a strong vision for the Club’s future and is making sure that your membership experience with SBMC is better than ever in 2016.
Once I pass the gavel, he will make his first address to the Club, as President Heatherington.  He will offer some glimpses into his vision for our future.
This is always a very well-attended and most exciting meeting of the year.  There are always surprises, and this year’s meeting should be no different.  I truly hope all of you will be able to attend, and experience the excitement that is in store for the new year. 
It has been my pleasure to serve this outstanding organization and its members as president for 2015.  I want to thank everyone for your support of me, and I wish everyone good fortunes in 2016.
Your most humble servant, Tim Howe.


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