Dear H. C. S. C. Friends,
As time nears for the
completion of my tenure as your President, I want to reflect on the
past five years. From a personal standpoint, it has been my honor
and privilege to serve you in this capacity. I have made many new
friends and renewed several previous Penney relationships.
Many changes have taken
place over this time, especially within the last couple of years –
in the Company we all loved and served, as well as in our country,
and even the world. Not all change has been what we would have
wanted, nor in many instances, anticipated.
We held the 2013 National
Convention, which I chaired, in Washington, D.C., and then convened
our gathering in 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. During the October
Annual Meeting that year, I began my “three-year” term as President
(nee Chairman) of this wonderful relationship-built organization.
Being a long-time Board
member, I thought I had a fairly decent understanding of what the
role entailed. Following in the footsteps of the excellent
leadership of Sharon (Leight) Winkle and Warren Richards, as well as
Jim Hailey and Tom Arthur, would indeed prove to be a challenge.
In addition to these leaders, I had the benefit of
exceptionally strong partners on the National Board and in the
Regional Meeting Groups (RMGs), previously known as Local Meeting
Groups (LMGs). I was able to depend on terrific support from Ellen
Baker, Al Bell, current Treasurer Karen Bell, former Treasurer Bill
Burns, Robin Caldwell, Tom Clarke, Tom McGurren, Jeannette Siegel,
Wynn Watkins, Sharon (Leight) Winkle; and Ron Salzetti and Larry
Noble with the H.C.S.C. Foundation.
Pat Carberry was
instrumental in taking our Partners magazine to a new level
of enjoyment, which was maintained and expanded under the guidance
of Editors Ellen Baker, Susan Dunseth, and Jeannette Siegel. I have
also much appreciated the work Sheila Radabaugh has done for us on
our national website.
The continued viability of
the JCPenney H. C. S. C. National Alumni Club is really up to you -
all of you - who must work together to sustain alliances and ongoing
activities. Fortunately, I am confident you will have very capable
leadership over the next several years via Bill Watson (incoming
National President), Bill Kruder (incoming 1st
Vice-President) and Steve Strom (incoming 2nd
My last Annual Meeting to
oversee the organization will be in October 2021 and, with the
Board’s endorsement, I will remain onboard for a year to assist the
incoming officers, as needed, with the transition.
So, I say THANK YOU to
everyone for your participation and wisdom in helping me guide our
club. It has been a pleasure to serve with you.
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