This is the last time I will address the Minnesota Section of Institute of Food Technologists (MN IFT) as your President and by the time you read this I will be within a few weeks of handing on the Presidential baton to Beth Ann Nylander. But, as Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over till it's over." An essential part of the MN IFT's governance structure is the "three President" system and specific responsibilities must be fulfilled depending on the official position, be it President, President-Elect or the immediate Past President. So, although it seems an all-too-short one-year stint as President, it is really a three-year stint, performing each of those roles in turn within the "three President's" system.
Each MN IFT President comes to the role determined to "make a difference," in order to help improve MN IFT and help it more effectively achieve its goals. A year flashes by very quickly, so each has to combine continuing the predecessor's unfinished business, with leading the development and completion of new task and inevitably, leaving some unfinished task in the best possible shape the successor to lead to completion.
It has been my honor, privilege and good fortune to serve as the President of MN IFT 2016-2017 and to take my turn in leading the continuation of that process. It is at one and the same time a proud and humbling experience involving exhilaration, exhaustion and gratitude. I cannot find words powerful enough to express my gratitude to numerous members who have helped me directly; to the wider circle of dedicated IFT volunteers without who efforts this organization could not function and to my family whose considerable support and understanding have enabled me to serve, especially during the past two year and in the coming year as the immediate Past President and to the MN IFT membership who elected me. I have done my very best to repay their trust and will continue to do so. My time in this office is coming to an end, but my days of service are not. I will never hold a position higher with the MN IFT, but there is no title within the MN IFT that I will hold more proudly than that of member.