Today is the day.
The day where the delegates of Orienteering USA will install a new board of directors and that board will elect a new Executive Committee led by a new president.
One point that I feel has been lost in the conversation is that this evening Peter Goodwin will be stepping down as our president after a 5 year term. This is his choice. However, he will remain on our board of directors for the last 2 years of his term. We are lucky to have him.
I just want to take a moment to thank and recognize Peter for the personal sacrifice that he has given to be our federation president. He has given more of himself than you will ever know. He won't promote it because it is not his style. Such is our retired Physics teacher, department chair and orienteer from Wolfeboro, NH. He has been a good president. We have been lucky to have him.
So, I hope that your candidates win today like I hope that your candidates win in November. However, I encourage you to take a moment today, tomorrow or next week at the North American Orienteering Championships to walk up to Peter, look him in the eye, shake his hand and thank him for his service.
I already have.
Being president of a national orienteering federation is an enormous amount of work. Thank you, Peter, for your dedication and passion to moving the sport forward. I am grateful.
Charlotte, Former President of Orienteering Canada
Thank you Peter for your tremendous service to OUSA!
Here, here! Thank you Peter!
Agreed! Thanks Peter, for all you've done. Most of us don't even have a clue about it all, which makes it easy for us to neglect to be thankful.
Thank you, Peter, for your dedication to your post and tireless work for this sport. If nothing else, from watching you I've learned that you always have to keep your sense of humor if you're going to be president =). You made it look easy!
What everybody else said!
Let me also say that as a club rep who depends on insurance certificates for the ability of the club to hold events, besides being able to keep a sense of humor the O-USA president must be able to negotiate with the insurance broker particularly in the very busy time coming near the end of one year and the re-newal of the insurance policy for the next year.
When you have park officials not willing to give final approval for an event early in January until they see the insurance certificate and school teams wanting to book busses to come to the event that can be a pretty stressful time for the club organizer. In my four years of experience as an event orgainzer in Florida Peter and the Board never failed to come through for this nervous organizer.
New Board you have big shoes to fill.
Thank you Peter. Best wishes for success in your next endeavor.
Steady leadership in the face of many challenges. Thanks for your service.
Thank you, Peter. You're a hard act to follow. :-)
Yes, indeed. Peter's devotion to orienteering is manifest. To marry the affection that so many of us share with five years of underappreciated blocking and tackling at the helm of OUSA to keep things moving--Peter deserves our gratitude.
Thank-you for all the hard work and dedication - we have all benefited greatly