"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress." - Charles Kettering
I'd like to thank the members of the Ogden Breakfast Exchange Club for the privilege to serve as President over the past year.
Most impressive to me is that this is a family who has been dedicated to our community for over forty years. As I've interacted more with individuals, the recurring theme is each one's warmth and consideration for other members and as citizens to do more good.
I'm proud of a club whose membership STILL spans from charter forward. Charter members can tell us about standing around town holding donation cans during the Christmas season to collect money for Shoes For Tots. Newbies (myself included) have had the privilege of being housed in a cozy "village" where throngs are given hot cocoa and the proceeds STILL buy shoes for children in need in Ogden and Weber County.
We mourn together in losing members this year like Stephanie Lujan and Dr. Richard Petty, a charter member. We believe we can honor their lives in how we've expand our contribution from providing shoes (Shoes For Tots) to protection (Prevent Child Abuse Utah) and on to assistance to our veterans (Shoeboxes For Veterans).
I appreciate the energy and effort of Kristie Nielsen and offer a warm welcome to her as our new President. To prepare for her role as President, she set aside time to attend the Regional Exchange Club meeting in Las Vegas last winter and has been distilling ideas ever since. Kristie has brought a fantastic slate of speakers to our group over the past year as Speaker Chair and I look forward to seeing what she has planned.
I offer my sincere thanks to the board's commitment and service with me. This is a club where board duties are not the end, but an introduction, a.k.a. baptism by fire, to how I intend to better serve as a member of Ogden Breakfast Exchange Club for many years to come.
Established in 1972 by Ogdenites Dr. Richard Petty and John E. Lindquist, The Ogden Breakfast Exchange Club began as a small group of local business professionals looking for a way to provide a networking opportunity for local businesses, as well as a means of giving back to the local community.