December President’s Message

Well,  another year is coming to a close.   I think the club has some good things to look back on . . ..a successful Playday in April,  another first place  and best overall equestrian group in the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade,  great food booth and representation of our club at the Julie Goodnight clinic at Thorson’s, a very successful June Poker ride and a good turnout at the October Poker ride despite being rained out and having to reschedule and we picked up several new members this year!!  All in all, not a bad year for us.

So let’s get ready to celebrate this great year at our upcoming meeting on December 9th which is our annual Christmas and year end party.  We will have our traditional potluck along with our silent auction and of course, the awarding of the year end prizes! Remember, you must be present to win.  Check the Eventer to see what you are supposed to bring for the potluck as it is designated by alphabet according to your last name.  Also don’t forget to bring non perishable foods for our annual canned food drive for St. Joseph’s.  It always feels good to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.

We had a white board election at last month’s general meeting so your officers and board members will remain the same for 2017:  President: Bev Vanderweide,  Vice President: Chere Bargar, Treasurer:  Audra Soltis,   Secretary: Pat Scharfe for board and Elaine Alton for general meetings, Membership: Kathy McBride,  Trails: Kitty Swindle, Eventer:  Tim Alton, Webmaster: Christine Amber.  Directors at Large:  Steve Oliveira for Parade, Sandy Voechting for Sunshine and Carolyn Tucker for Historian. It is my sincere wish that more people will step up this year and volunteer to help in these areas as well as bring new ideas to the club.

I’ll end by thanking everyone for all the help and enthusiasm this last year and you all know who you are and extend my invitation to you all to help make SMHA a stronger and more exciting club in 2017!


****  Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.  – Thomas A. Edison  ****

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