As a member of the Puget Sound Chapter since 2001, I’ve gone on many trips and attended countless events. I’ve also served as a board member in several roles, which started after attending the chapter banquet in 2002. I thanked the chair for organizing the event and made some recommendations for future events. (Yes, many of you know I am a stickler on water service being an event planner.) That led to managing the banquet starting in 2003. The opportunity to work with a non-profit as a beneficiary for the annual banquet was truly rewarding for the Club. We even received National recognition in the Roundel Magazine for the funds raised for Multiple Sclerosis in the Northwest. Subsequent years proved to be just as enjoyable. This wouldn’t have been possible without member participation and a collaborative team organizing the events down to every detail.
After years of holding the banquet chair position I took a two-year break and then returned to the position for an additional two years. Due to economic impacts that event is no longer offered.
I loved being involved so much that I kept active and attended board meetings. I eventually found an opportunity to step into the Display Advertising role for the Zündfolge. I’ve held that role for three years and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Midway through the first year of that role I was voted in as vice president in 2012 and then as president in 2013 and 2014. At the end of my term this December I will hand over the reins to an extremely capable Steve Libby.
All in all, I’ve enjoyed participating at the board level for many years. The experience I’ve gained working in a volunteer organization can’t be described in words available for print. This experience will be with me for the rest of my life and I am extremely thankful. I’ve also met many Club members that I consider to be very close friends. I anticipate that they will be in my life for many years to come.
It has been an absolute joy to be around fellow enthusiasts, watch the BMW brand morph and get out of the garage and drive with many of you.
At the end of this term I won’t be going anywhere. I’ll still remain on the board in the past-president position and will see many of you around at future events. Until then, you have a very capable board with some new faces in new roles and some in the same roles for 2015 and they are in full swing planning and scoping out exciting events for you to attend in 2015. Until I see you around, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
de-Anna Martin, President
BMW CCA Puget Sound