The torch has again been passed. I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our club as President, a title of which I'm proud to hold. I can also speak for the new members of the 2015-2016 Board of Directors, in that we are mindful of the responsibilities you have entrusted to us and that we are here to serve you; the membership.
I want to thank John Strong for his excellent job as President for the past year. His leadership has taught us to “Listen, Learn and Serve the H4W way”.
A sincere and hardy congratulations go out to Cheryl MacLean, who is our very deserving “Havasu 4 Wheeler of the Year”. I also congratulate the elite group of members who were awarded the “Lifetime Leadership Award”; they are as follows: Jim Bowen, Bob Carson, Darryld Kautzmann, Dennis Kreuzenstein, Charles Liepart, Andy Lucas, Bill & Bernice Mitschele, Dave Opperman, Steve Perry, Steve Riley, Dick Thomas, Early West and Snake & Willie Williams. Well done to you all.
The H4W's 2015 Awards Banquet went off perfectly, just as Dianna and Roger Delk had planned. I thank them for all their hard work they've put into this event, as well as all the other wonderful events, including Cook Night's Out and Ladies Luncheons that they've spearheaded. Without Dianna and Roger and their creative imagination, we might very well be limited to a quick rendezvous in a parking lot! Thank you.
Our current membership is now over 450 friendly folks. Your Board of Directors, will be open and responsive to all members and to all new ideas that might come before us. The Board meetings are open for anyone of our membership to attend.
I'm also looking forward to working with all the outstanding Committee Chairman and Chairwomen who fill the important positions that make our club one of the most smoothly run and highly praised off road vehicle organizations in Arizona.
We have a very exciting year ahead. Many new and old trails to travel and many new friends to meet. The fundamental reason the Havasu 4 Wheelers thrives, is that the membership enjoys getting out in the desert and enjoying what nature has laid before us, both in beauty and in challenge. Not without merit, we should also be looking forward to the many fun filled activities in the upcoming year. Whether it be cleaning up the desert, working on a ranch, driving in the Veteran’s Day parade, stuffing ourselves with turkey at Thanksgiving or even going on super excursions outside the Havasu area. We always have a memorable “Havasu 4 Wheeler” good time.
Lastly, our membership has so many great folks with so many diverse talents and backgrounds. We want to take advantage of you! Your special talent can be a great asset to the club, so please don't be shy about stepping up and volunteering to help move the club to even a more exciting organization than it is today. Trail Boss's are always in demand, and there are many opportunities designed just for you! Believe it or not, it's all fun!
Again, thank you for giving me the honor to serve you as President for 2015-2016.
I think Confucius say … “to be a friend is to have a friend, so remember to wear your name tag!”