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  Posted on: Sunday, November 2, 2014
November 2014



I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season.  This year has gone by very quickly.

This year’s conference was a great success.  Missy Morris put together an excellent conference for our membership this year.  Missy faced a lot of challenges while building this schedule.  She started with what we thought would be an early finished schedule of speakers but it changed almost weekly and was, with the exception of a few speakers, an entirely new schedule up to a week before the conference started.  This, to say the least, was very stressful for Missy.  The good news is, for the 2015 conference, we are well on our way to hopefully having a schedule set, keep your fingers crossed.  I want to thank Missy for her dedication to CAHN and the conference chair position for the great work she has done and continues to perform on behalf of the board, but more importantly, the membership.  I certainly look forward to working with Missy moving forward.

I am in the process of looking for sites in Northern California in an effort to try to move our conference back to the North/South rotation we have had in the past. It all hinges in finding a suitable location.  I will keep everyone posted.

Several of your board members have recently retired from their agencies.  Congratulations to State Secretary Patricia Larrigan and State Treasurer Penny Anti on your retirements.  That does not mean they are leaving the board, their dedication and service to you has been outstanding and I look forward to working with them into the future as well.

Sadly, we are losing our two Regional Directors, Russ Moore and Rex Osborn, after many, many years of dedicated service to our membership and to the board.  Russ and Rex, your service has been invaluable to me and will miss your input and counsel.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart and you will be missed.  Southern Region Rep, Paul Woodward has also chosen not to return to the board after several years of service.  Paul your service to the membership and the board was also invaluable and I thank you for you for your participation.  You all will be missed, but don’t be strangers.

We have an election looming to replace these vital positions of those who have stepped down as well as those incumbents and several new faces that wish to serve you, the membership.  Thank you for everyone who wishes to remain and those new faces who desire to be involved. I look forward to working with everyone is elected.

As always, this is your association and your input is valuable.  Please let us know what you would like to see in the future and how we are doing.



Matt Thomas                   


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