The original title for this article was going to be “Thank you and Goodbye.” I then remembered something my nephew said to me a few years ago.
“It’s never goodbye,” he said. “It’s later.”
Later, of course. Do I have to remind you how small this world is in which we live. It’s not goodbye, it’s later.
As many of you know, I am leaving the Kansas Dental Association. Today is my last day and I am headed to Colorado to become the Executive Director of the Colorado Dental Association. I officially begin June 1st; but I am traveling to Denver tomorrow afternoon for a meeting with their Executive Committee and then spend the day with the staff on Friday.
Saying goodbye, or even later, is never easy. Especially when you have spent fifteen years with the same organization. The connections and friends I have made during this time are numerous; but if you are reading this, there is a high likelihood that you have been a part of this
story chapter in one way or another. It’s a chapter, not a story. In a story, the book is closed at the end. A chapter says there is more.
There will no doubt be more. Did I not say the world in which we live is small? First, I can’t begin to count the number of people who have told me they are in Colorado at least once a year, if not more. Here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is (303) 740-6900. Call me. Email me. Come and see me.
I’ll also see many of you at the ADA Annual Session this fall in San Antonio and I look forward to welcoming you to my new home when the ADA comes to Denver in 2016.
Of course, there is social media and you can rest assured that I’ll be posting at least a few photos of snow capped mountains, ranches on the high plains and Denver cityscapes. Follow me on my new Twitter account “from5280ft” and I’ll soon have a new website where I’ll be sharing my adventure.
We’ll also be coming back to Kansas from time to time to see family and you never know, I may just drop in sometime, just to say hello, while on a drive across the Sunflower State.
But most importantly, I want to say thank you to each one of you who has made this last fifteen years so memorable. I take with me many great memories and I will always cherish the time I had here at the Kansas Dental Association. I want to say a special thank you to Jennifer Jones and Niki Sadler from the KDA staff who I have had the privilege to work with for the more than a decade.
Last, but not least, thank you Kevin Robertson for your support and friendship and I look forward to many fun and new adventures and many laughs when we meet at ADA meetings. You are a true friend and I am going to miss you.
Later my friends … and thank you.