Dale Carnegie is credited with saying that people support a world that they helped create. I firmly believe in the truth of that statement and feel that you can tweak it to fit just about any situation. That includes this association. I can tell you first hand that my support of NAHU didn't truly begin until I started helping on my local Triangle board. At that time, I was simply making outreach calls to lapsing members assuring them that we appreciate their support and asking them to pay their dues. I felt like the success of the Association was partly in my hands and I was committed to making it a success. That feeling never left me. I'm not ashamed to say that I was hooked. That little bit of skin in the game made me resolved to ensure that this group was going to succeed. Over the years, little by little, my responsibilities grew. Each step I took was to replace someone that served before and each person that I replaced helped prepare me for the next challenge. That is how succession planning is supposed to work. Andre Mamrin eludes to this in his article, Next in Line: Five Steps for Successful Succession Planning. He wrote that, "Effective leaders strive to plan an exit that is positive and graceful. That cannot happen without effective succession planning. Succession planning is an ongoing process of systematically identifying, assessing, and developing talent to ensure leadership continuity for all key positions in an association. Succession planning does not exist in isolation. It must be interwoven with the association's strategic objectives and should reflect the way the association needs to evolve in order to achieve its strategic goals. This means that the kinds of leadership styles, skills, and behaviors you want to develop and promote might be different in the future from those in the existing culture." I think this is very sound advice that begs the question, what is the future of the Association and what type of leaders do we need to help us achieve that future? I'm sure that we would all agree that life will never fully go back to how it was pre-pandemic. The same is true for this association. We need to adapt to the changes and we need leaders that will help us do that. NAHU has given me far more than I have ever given it. It has offered me a professional development platform that I have used to my benefit as an insurance professional, sales person and manager. I have done it and don't regret a minute of the time I have volunteered. In July, I will be stepping down as president and Carol Matznick will be taking my place. Succession planning working its magic. We need the next group of leaders to take the place of those that are replacing me. I hope that if you are reading this, you will consider donating a little of your time to your local board. Your turn is next. Something small at first to get your feet wet. Help us move the Association into the future. Put your stamp on our growth. Support the world that you help create. I promise that you will not regret it. It will be the best investment that you will ever make.