Usually I’m not at a loss for words…probably to the chagrin of many of your association’s board members and my coworkers! But I’ve literally stared at my screen for a few minutes wondering how to characterize these times since I last penned a president’s message to you a couple months ago. And yet, I haven’t really come up with anything very prophetic.
Here's what I do know. We live in a very dynamic world. And in that dynamic environment, we’re experiencing a plethora of situations economically, medically, politically, and socially that are affecting our communities, our state, our country and our planet. Some are unprecedented. Others not so much.
I’m not going to espouse an opinion on any of these dynamics. All I know is that these times have really made me think about what matters in this life. Faith, family and relationships rise to the top of the list.
I also know that community banks, while dynamic in their own way, will continue to serve as a bedrock for helping the citizens in their communities navigate through these times. If you’re reading this message, then you’ve already read Chairman Mason’s message above that we also shared a couple weeks ago to our members and industry partners. It saddens me to know that we won’t have our regular convention this year and I know firsthand that it was a painful decision for your convention committee and board of directors. However, I believe it’s the right thing to do given the circumstances.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy!