President's Message

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My term as President is officially “over the hill” as of this issue. I’ve heard it said before that a president spends about ten months learning the ropes and is finally fully trained just as he leaves the position. After reaching the halfway mark, I’m inclined to agree.

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Chad Clark presented TXDOT's Lauren Garduno a plaque in recognition of his 33 years with the department. Lauren is heading back to Abilene, from where he as been commuting to Austin for the past five years.

It is extremely fortunate that the Chapter’s member involvement is unsurpassed. It’s easy to be a leader when standing on the shoulders of giants. And as I look at the activity of the Chapter so far in 2018, I’m truly honored to be able to watch our growth from this vantage point.

The Finance Committee reported during the June Board of Directors meeting that we have experienced an uptick in expenditures from our area meetings. This is an exiting development and a good bill to pay. Our participation at the area levels are larger than ever— many areas reporting record attendance and record participation in their PAC events.

I’m very happy to report that the Summer Slam Fishing Tournament benefiting the San Antonio PAC raised the largest amount of PAC money since its inception—over $45,000 from a single event. Other areas experienced similar records—Waco had record attendance at its PAC golf tournament, and the DFW Future Leaders Council hosted a huge crowd of over 500 and raised a record amount, as well.

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Chad Clark gathers with David and Angela Clark, wife Melanie, and children Lauren, Aleandra, and Cole by the banks of the Ashley River in Charleston, South Carolina.

These are all indications of a strong and healthy association. And the investment into this industry continues with the record number of scholarships awarded to a new generation of industry leaders.

Our conferences continue to attract hundreds of members and their families. Charleston attracted approximately 290 attendees—a trend that we have seen for the past three years.

Jennifer did an extraordinary job making sure that those who play golf and those who want to sightsee had the same amount of fun as the children who attend with their families. Many of these children will become our future leaders, and their attendance helps provide continuity to a Chapter already known as the strongest in the country.

Besides, the mini-carnival set up at the Lowndes Grove lawn attracted almost as many adults as children (though we are not naming any names). The bottom line is this: AGC is a family association, and the Board of Directors has made it a priority to welcome our younger families into our most important events and make them feel like an integral member of the event and not just an afterthought. Kudos to Jennifer for her work on this.

By the next issue, we will be heading into the fall, with the Gala event and the Christmas Party. Each one of these has its own unique personality and lend to the overall feeling of family and shared thanksgiving that has sustained our industry and is the cornerstone of “members helping members.”

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