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Matthew Stone
California State University, Chico

The End of the Journey

As I wrote in my first article for the communique, I spoke about the wisdom of the trail and how it compares to life and the journey of being part of wonderful organizations, such as West Federation CHRIE and ICHRIE. By the printing of this article, I will have finished my term as the 2017-2018 West Federation President and will have begun my duties as Past President. The journey over the past year was a very satisfying one to say the least.

When looking up the definition of “thank you,” provides us this definition: “a polite expression of one’s gratitude.” As a diverse community, we know of numerous ways to express this gratitude. From a verbal or written phrase to a physical gesture, we can express this message of appreciation to those who we want to recognize. In this setting, I would like to offer my appreciation in the written format. I would personally like to start by saying “thank you” to the 2017-2018 West Federation board of directors. As I reflect on the past year, I am so appreciative of the board’s heart always being in the right place and how collaborative everyone was in moving our federation forward. I cannot express enough how much I appreciate all that you have done for our federation and for guiding me through my presidency. You helped me out and you helped me to grow.

I would also like to thank our membership; it has been an honor and privilege to serve as you president. I was very fortunate to meet new colleagues as well as renew old acquaintances, I hope that we will be able to continue to collaborate and grow together in the future. On both a personal and professional level, I want to thank you all for your friendship and the support you all have provided.  

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank the executive staff and my fellow board of director members of ICHRIE. I appreciate all of the guidance and support each of you have given me over the past year and I will cherish the friendships that we have developed.

Upon final reflection, I will go back to one more trail analogy. Every trail connects. As you hike one trail you often find that it connects to another and another and so on, creating a network. Just as my journey has been over the past year, it has connected me to so many wonderful people and experiences. To this I say happy trails and thank you!
Scott R. Smith, PhD, CEC, CCE


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