Happy New Year, WAHA!
I hope you all had a joyous holiday season with your friends, family and Arabian horses. A new year gives us new opportunities, and I am excited for what your club will do in 2019. We are taking a deep dive into budgets and looking hard at our shows for opportunities to improve. We want to support you with educational and social events too. What would you like to do with your Arabian horse club this year?
Elections are ahead of us, and I would like to announce I will not be re-running for another term as your president. I have many personal and professional obligations this year, so I hope to stay involved and hold the officer position of Immediate Past President. Don't worry, I'll still be on your board and volunteering. I hope to hold this office again in the near future. It has been a great opportunity to meet many or you and learn about our Arabian horse community from a new perspective.
I would like to thank our outgoing directors and officers for their fantastic service to the club. You all have been and wonderful to work with and I hope you will volunteer and consider board/officer positions in the future. Thank you to Jeana Radosevich, for your prompt and efficient service as the club secretary. Directors Heidi Ness, Julie McKee, Mary Jo Meier and Carly Smith all have terms ending as well. Heidi has been a great asset to WAHA for many years, leading the youth, maintaining our website and providing thoughtful insight. Julie McKee is a wonderful source of inspiring ideas. I can always count on Julie to think "outside of the box" and find a way to keep it light and fun. Mary Jo has served on WAHA's board for many terms and hopes to rejoin again when she is able. She brings years of knowledge and experience to the discussion, and represents our club on the national stage. Carly has also been a great work horse for the club, managing the spring open show to be an outstanding success, recruiting volunteers and sponsors and connecting us to other local talent.
With that, I hope you will consider volunteering this year or running for board. We need new ideas to continue to evolve. Remember, we are all AHA.
You might be wondering what your directors do, and I am happy to explain. The WAHA board is elected to run the club. They meet monthly JAN-MAY and SEP-DEC. We currently rotate between Madison and Johnson Creek, with dinner meetings starting at 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday. It may seem late but many of us (and many of you!) have jobs, families and horses to tend to. Delegates are elected as well, and may be club members. Delegates vote and report on behalf of WAHA at the Region 10 meetings and AHA convention. We divide in sub committees to plan club events, shows and clinics. Your role and involvement is up to you, but we expect directors and delegates to volunteer at a minimum of one WAHA event each year.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the WAHA Annual Meeting and Awards banquet, at 5:30PM Saturday Jan 19 at the Johnson Creek Community Center. Kathy Platta, Julie McKee and myself will be serving up a fiesta with a DIY taco bar, followed by cake! We will proceed as we have in the past, alternating between meeting topics, award presentations and the election. We cannot wait to see you and look forward to another year of service to our beloved breed.
Happy Holidays & Happy New Year,