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Presidentís Message  

This letter is my first of the year, and my first as President of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (ODATC). With my finance background at Philip Morris, itís very appropriate that my first order of business is to remind everyone that January is the time our annual dues of $15.00 dollars are due. Paying the dues on time is very important as they are not only our major source of funds to run the club, but they also help us update both our membership rolls and the mailing (or e-mailing) list for our newsletter, The Walker. Please step up to the plate and get your dues in now.

I am really proud to be elected President of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club. I only hope I can do half the great job that Randy Wendell did. His boots are tough ones to fill because of the high standards he set. I am looking forward to working with the members of the club and members of our Board of Directors. I am excited about the quality of the people on the 2004 board. We have an excellent mix of experience and new board members.

We have a great club that is very friendly, and we have a great time doing the many hikes and events sponsored by the club. We must not forget that we are the largest service club in the Richmond area, and we have a commitment to support our twenty miles of the Appalachian Trailóa commitment that is both our duty and our passion.

It is my goal for the next two-year term as President that we will have a good time and have a great feeling for a job well done. I look forward to many fascinating hikes and to the adventure of following the trail wherever it leads us.






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