December President’s Message

Hello members!

Well, the year is coming to an end and what a year it was!  I think we can  confidently celebrate a successful year for our club.  We started the year with our annual soup contest, continued with multiple guest speakers on various topics, movie nights, taco bars, enjoyed two playdays, a Clinton Anderson Clinic,  a week of camping at Jack Brook and our ever popular Galloping Goblin poker ride.   We will finish the year with our Holiday dinner and silent auction on December 14th.  Don’t miss it!  It may be your name drawn out of the hat to win one of our fabulous year end prizes and you must be present to win!

I would also like to take this time, at years end,  to thank you for supporting  me and allowing me to serve as your club president for the past 7 years.  Although challenging at times, it was overall very rewarding to initiate changes that helped grow the club and contribute to its success.   We came from a handful of members meeting every other month to monthly meetings with an average of 20+ members each meeting.  We were part of history by participating in the Grand Entry of the first Gilroy Rodeo in 61 years.  We also represented our club by riding in the revived Bonanza Day parade and took Best Overall Equestrian group and/or first place in the Morgan Hill 4th of July parade every year for the last 6 years running.  We also celebrated a milestone for the club this year when we enjoyed our 50th Anniversary as a club!

Finally, I’d like to thank all my board members, many who have held these positions for multiple years.  These people worked tirelessly and unselfishly to help make your club the success that it is!  None of the many events mentioned in this message would have been possible without all the effort put forth by this hard working board.  All the planning, set up and behind the scenes legwork, sign making, float building, etc, etc, etc – all done with the help and drive of these dedicated people.

It was a difficult decision to step down as president but one I felt necessary to help further the clubs growth and success,  both which require new ideas and enthusiasm.  I sincerely hope the SMHA continues to grow and thrive under the leadership of your new president, whoever that may be.

So I won’t say goodbye, just so long, it’s been a good ride!  See you all at the Holiday party on the 14th!!

– Everyday is a new beginning.  Stay away from what might have been and look what can be –  Anonymous

Happy Trails, Bev


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