BCHC Mid Valley Unit

President's Monthly Message

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January, 2019

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

One minute I am offering to step aside as vice president of the Mid Valley unit and the next I am voted in as president. It is humbling for me to know that other board members believe that I have the ability to lead such a large organization of the Backcountry Horsemen. I do not take that trust lightly and will strive to do my best in serving in this position.

In my tenure on the board of directors I have had the opportunity to serve with past presidents like Carl Perry, Dennis Serpa, and Michael King. They have all served with me, integrity, and generosity and I commend them for their service and will try to emulate their example. My feeling in leadership is that the higher the position, the more opportunities to serve others. That will be my motto as I fill this position for a time. There are many talented people in the unit and I hope that you will let me rely and call upon you to assist me in keeping Mid Valley viable and progressing as we move through 2019.

It looks as though there will be much for us to do in the backcountry this year with the fires that went through some of our favorite riding areas last year, but I look forward with hope and determination that we can work with the forest service in getting those trails back open. Along with service projects, one of my goals is to have more fun activities this year. If anyone has suggestions as to what activities they would like to do, let me or someone on the board know so that we might implement them.

Some of you know that my wife, Chris, and I didn't get into riding horses until most of our children had left home. When our last one was still home, I asked, "What am I going to do now?" Chris replied, "You always wanted horses." We are thinking and feeling that we are pretty close to heaven when we are in the backcountry and riding our stock with our friends. I often say "It doesn't get much better than this".

In closing, always remember that the horse always learns from the release of pressure. Hope to see you on the trail.

Happy New Year!
Jim Westmoreland

(Our President writes a message every month for the newsletter.)



Backcountry Horsemen of California - Mid Valley Unit
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Modesto CA 95353-1709

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