Last year, with the election of a new President and all of the related activities at convention, I had little chance to visit with you, our members, about my first year as Vice President.
If I had offered some words to describe my first year, they might have included “learning,” “excited,” and “sometimes overwhelmed.” I am happy to report that I would still use the word “learning,” and still use the word “excited,” but I would more likely replace “overwhelmed” with “more comfortable.” We have a complex organization, and we’re a changing, living entity. “Learning” and “excited” always describe how it feels to work with RMFU.
This year, we have a number of board seats up for re-election, as well as the Vice President’s position. As I understand it, two of the three open director’s positions have incumbents running unopposed. At this time, I am running unopposed as well. Is this what our members want, or would you like to see a little competition for these seats come November?
I truly enjoy being on the Board of RMFU and its related entities. The other directors are passionate about our organization, have incredible knowledge about agriculture and Farmers Union, and have your best interests at heart. But does that mean that any or all of us should be handed our seats because no one will run against us?