The flight of time is a reality in life whose understanding increasingly evades me. It might seem like only yesterday when the halls were decorated for the Christmas Season. The same is true in our AMHA cycle of life. Only yesterday we were preparing for our trip to Tampa to attend the Annual meeting. Now, here were are again making those same preparations for our meeting in Las Vegas.
We flew through a year of meetings, local shows, three GREAT regional shows, and then moved right into a World Show that I think many can say brought about a lot of fun and enjoyment to everyone. There were a lot of new things happening there that I feel strongly will continue and become traditions. Did you realize the Crockpot potluck had a circulation of food and eating for 4.5 hours? I think that is just absolutely wonderful! I will make sure it happens again next year. There just was so much for us all to embrace and be proud of with our eyes set on making it all even better next year. If you were unable to be there, you really did miss an “event.” I truly hope you can be a part of this reunion of Miniature horse lovers next year.
The year that lies ahead has many adventures and challenges for us all. There are many new and exciting things in the making to best serve you, our members, and make the Association be the best that it can be and flourish! Please do your part by keeping tabs on the latest and greatest news via Eblast, our AMHA Facebook pages, publications, minutes, etc. We try to provide up to date information for you so that you are kept “in the know.”
The ride through this past year has been fast for me as your president. I so enjoyed going and working at all the regionals and meeting so many good people! Many new and strong friendships that I treasure were made for me this year. While there are, of course, many frustrations, we also sure did have good laughs and created some darn good stories to retell over and over again. I have saturated myself with all the knowledge I possibly could to be the best that I could be for each of you. I tried to seek answers to questions from those with the wisdom to aid me in decisions. I worked to delegate and involve as many people as possible. At the close of this year, I can only hope my hours of work, constant communications, meetings, and everything else has helped us all as an association to move forward into a brighter future. We are all in this together, and we need all of you! The cycle keeps spinning rapidly, and we must keep moving forward.
I will close the year now with the warmest wishes to each of you in this CHRISTmas season. While we can play with Santa Claus, even dress like him and give children rides in carts, we must keep our hearts and souls in line with why we actually celebrate this season. This, my friends, is what it is all about.
God’s richest blessings to you in the season of His birth and always,
Joe Kahre, AMHA President