behalf of the House leadership -- and, more importantly, on behalf
of the individual members -- I want to extend a heartfelt "thank
you" to each and every one of you who are serving as Delegates in
the 2003-2004 House. Thank you for agreeing to stand for election,
and congratulations for being selected by your peers to represent
them. The members of your local societies and regions owe you a
debt of gratitude. Volunteers like you are the heart and soul of
Now that electronic communication is commonplace we are able to
conduct the business of the House more effectively and efficiently,
making volunteering as a Delegate less onerous. That's the good
news. However, the recently mandated changes in the structure of
our House committees mean that more Delegates are required to actually
perform the work of the House in committees. This has mixed implications.
The good news is that, since the work is more widely shared, the
committee work is less onerous. The flip side -- that's an obsolete
technology reference, if there ever was one -- is that all
Delegates must expect to serve on committees at some time during
their three-year terms.
So what I am now asking you to do -- all of you who are continuing
your House tenure into the 2004-2005 session and those who will
begin terms anew on July 1, 2004 -- is to contact Valary Schulz,
the incoming Chair of the House Delegates, to let her know where
you would like to help. Take a look at the committees the House
operates and let Valary know where your interests lie. I cannot
promise that you will get your choice of assignments, but I do know,
whatever the task you are asked to perform, you will find it a rewarding
experience. And the sooner you tell Valary what your preference
is, the more likely you are to get it.
The Delegates' Voice is the House's primary communications
vehicle. The more we communicate -- and the clearer we communicate
-- the better we can serve the members. Thank you, Steve Goolsby
and the newsletter committee, for your efforts on our behalf this
There is one individual on that committee I want to especially thank,
however. Mike Party and I ran as the candidates for Chair-elect.
Immediately after the results were announced -- and I do mean that
quite literally; it was seconds after the election result was announced
-- Mike told me that he would serve in any capacity to help. I owe
Mike -- a "gentleman and a scholar" and a true professional, and
someone I am honoured to call a friend -- a special debt of gratitude.
This acknowledgement will embarrass him deeply, I know, but it is
his attitude, like those of many other members and Delegates, that
makes our association such a satisfying experience for all of us
who volunteer. Thank you, Mike.
So again, with his example in mind, I want you all to let Valary
Schulz know how you would like to help her to make the next term
of the House a great success. I look forward to seeing all of you