Greetings Gentlemen

Some of you may have noticed that I have been conspicuous by my absence over the past couple of months. I have discovered that, sometimes, as we get older the body lets us know that very fact!

Last year and only days prior to my accepting the role of President of Boot Co I had a significant cardiac event resulting in my now being the proud owner of a coronary stent.

However, a simple solution does not always turn out to be the case. Since then I have had ongoing concerns which have forced me to make several lifestyle changes, thus, causing me to prioritise my life and events within my life. Unfortunately, my involvement with Boot Co has had to take a back seat and I truly thank the other members of the management committee for their ongoing support and for taking on the extra work required.

As I am off to see yet another specialist next week with a wee hospital stay, my absence from Boot Co will likely continue for some time. The next Annual General Meeting is due to be held on 6 May 2017 and a new President and management committee will be elected at that time. Until then, your Vice President Richard Fraser will fill in for me where required.

Thank you all for your understanding. It is a great honour to serve as President of Boot Co and I look forward to catching up with you all in the near future.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dale Rich for his work on the management committee over the last nine months. Dale stepped down from the committee in December due to work and other personal commitments. Given the proximity to the next AGM and the logistics required to conduct an election, the management committee decided to appoint Cory Keating to the casual vacancy created by Dale’s departure, as permitted by the constitution. Cory has hit the ground running and has been doing great work with Boot Youth since David Eisentraut departed for Canberra. Welcome to the management committee, Cory.

As always, Yours in leather,

Joshua Hart