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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Terry Childers2

Dear SMSHE Membership:

I’m sorry to say this is my last newsletter as SMSHE President. On reflecting the last two years, I can say it’s been a great ride, full of good times and significant accomplishments. I believe the best thing that happened during my tenure is the bridge mending that took place between SMSHE and MISHE, which was started by my predecessor, Tim Rowlett. Meeting with Ed Belanger and the MISHE Board was a good experience and a good meeting of the minds. The renewed bond has allowed us to move forward in planning and supporting each other’s events.

Looking forward, Jeff Kleimola will be taking the lead as SMSHE President on the first of the year. Jack Evans will move up as President Elect and Stanley Browning will be the new Secretary. The makeup of the Board of Directors will change slightly, as Jon Balsamo steps in and Michael VanCouwenberghe steps down.

A quick word about Michael. He has promised to stay active in SMSHE, but due to the time constraints afforded him by a job promotion and a new baby (his third), he can’t be quite as active as he has been. I hope you’ll join me in shouting “Thank You” to Michael for all he’s done to help make the organization a huge success.

And now, please indulge me for a minute to talk about Penrickton Center for Blind Children. You probably know this has been our designated charity for a number of years. This year, SMSHE filled two tables at the Annual Penrickton Kickoff Dinner, which took place October 20 at the Dearborn Inn. Once again, we were moved to tears to witness all the good being done there.

Which makes for the perfect segue to invite you to the SMSHE Holiday Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at Glen Oaks in Farmington Hills. All current SMSHE members are invited to join us at no charge. Once again, Janet Ames from Penrickton will join us and we encourage you to bring toys, supplies and gift cards for this worthy organization. (A list of their particular “needs” will be sent with the invitation.)

In closing, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President for the last two years. It has truly been an honor and a privilege. And, for the record, I will still be an active participant in all things SMSHE. See you soon…

Terry Childers
SMSHE President