This Saturday will be my last meeting as your chairman.
As some of you know, I have been grappling with declining strength for several months. After much prodding and poking, the doctors diagnosed peripheral neuropathy resulting from a case of the ‘toos:’ Too much stress, too fat, too old, and too much whiskey for too many years. On a positive note, all the factors except turning 74 can be addressed to stabilize the situation. Sort of like unloading ballast from a sinking ship.
Our First Vice Chair, Susan Swanson, will take over as acting chair, pending election of a new chair. I’m stepping down now in the belief that it is better to establish new leadership early in 2020 so that we can continue to move forward as an organization in an important election year. There is much work to do. We will need to decide on (and train, if needed) a new chair and secretary. Susan has already undertaken the task of organizing our county convention. Our grant request for purchasing the equipment needed to implement our remote meeting concept county wide was approved! Now we need volunteers to house and operate the hardware. Locating more PCOs is another priority. Valerie and I will work to make the leadership transition as smooth as possible, so think of this as an opportunity to serve your county, your state, and your country.
In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and for your commitment to democratic values. I am confident that you will continue your efforts to build a robust, united, and progressive Democratic Party in Okanogan County. “Forward ever, backward never.”