The fall has always been a time of reflection for me, something about the summer winding down, the changing of the seasons, the promise of pumpkin flavored everything, sets the mind to work. As always, our Foundation is often top of mind. More than anything else, I can’t help being awed, inspired, and grateful when I think about where we have come and the people who have taken us there. I don’t have the space to give justice to everyone but I want to focus on two people in particular. In April, our Treasurer, Brandyn, and his wife Amanda welcomed their second daughter into the world. Despite a full time job, a family, and a habit of running that some might consider a part-time job in and of itself, Brandyn continues to drive the Foundation forward in his role as Treasurer, Director, and beyond. I cannot overstate enough that we would not be where we are today without Brandyn, his wife Amanda, and the incredible effort they both have put forth. Like Brandyn, our Vice President, Jeff Christensen, has also been pretty busy the last few years. Since we started the Foundation, he finished law school, passed the bar exam, and bought a house. Despite all the demands on his time, Jeff has been a constant asset to the Foundation, helping navigate the complicated world of Bylaws, Incorporation, and government bureaucracy. Many of our strong community ties that enable us to hold the computer clinic and better the Wildcat Falls Nature Preserve owe their existence to Jeff’s efforts. Like Brandyn and Jeff, so many of our Members and Directors take time out of their already busy lives to make the Foundation a success. I could not be more humbled and grateful. A man who always made the time to help and serve others with a smile on his face, I know Mike would be incredibly proud and thankful for the monumental efforts everyone has put in. As we close out the year, I look forward to continuing the great work we are doing and to watching the Foundation continue to grow and expand its presence and positive impact on the community and on our lives. Thank you as always for your support.
President – Michael LoVerme Memorial Foundation