Thanks for the accolades
Thanks to all those who showered me with accolades following my ascension to vice-president, finance, at the Prince George Chamber of Commerce.
Although, technically, it’s a lateral move since I was already a vice-president (of triplicate forms and fiddly bits of paper to steal from someone, somewhere).
I posted the news on my Facebook page and was overwhelmed by the well-wishes from far and wide. I received congratulatory messages from as far away as Regina (my niece), Fernie (my brother and some old childhood friends), Fort St. John (a former mayor), and Abbotsford (a former newspaper editor).
There were even some accolades from people in Prince George … from people who aren’t ‘formers.’
There were plenty of ‘likes’ and even some comments. One comment came from a former politician who queried whether being VP on the chamber board was a precursor to politics.
Not likely, since that would like mean he would want to move to Prince George and look for a job at the paper. Not that I was ever mean to him … well maybe once or twice. He competed internationally at weight-lifting competitions so I kind of had to be nice to him.
There is something about someone telling you they can break you like a twig and you know they can do it … literally.
Even received accolades from Coun. Brian Skakun who said it was an honour, as acting mayor, to swear in the new board. And yes, he swore me in, not at me.
It’s a bit of a switch this year as the board was sworn in at the annual general meeting instead of the president’s gala. It makes much more sense. The AGM is a typical AGM with minutes that need adopting, financial statements that need reading, and railroading, er, I mean, electing new board members.
The president’s gala is a celebration of the new board. Reading oaths of office, and such, are kind of a damper on an evening where people are out to have a good time.
This year’s gala should be a good one. The theme is black tie and blue jeans … black tie from the waist up and blue jeans from the waist down. Having spent 15 years in Williams Lake, the dress code for this one will be a snap.
There will even be a mechanical bull and two-step lessons. My experience with a mechanical bull goes back to one ill-fated night back when they were all the rage. Let’s just say that my buddies and I looked more like Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull than Richard Gere in Urban Cowboy the next morning.
But, don’t let that deter you. It should be a great time.
And, it should be a great year for the Chamber of Commerce. Other than the vice-president of finance, it looks like we’ve got some good people on the board.