LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Written by Matthew W. McMurtrey, Esq.*
This time of year is always bittersweet for those of us who serve on TEXCOM. Typically, a term ends for one class of TEXCOM members and for a former chair (also known as an Esteemed Former Officer). The Chair’s term expires with the Vice Chair becoming Chair. New members take the seats vacated by the former members, and a new Vice Chair is seated. The outgoing Chair bids farewell to the exiting members now, with the incoming Chair tasked with welcoming the new members later. In other words, this time of year is a time of change. This is TEXCOM’s way.
As my term comes to an end, I feel overwhelmed by the enormity. Like a runner, only after your term has run can you reflect on what TEXCOM has accomplished during your leadership. I note that, as Chair, you are only a manager; it is your fellow members that worked hard and deserve the glory for the achievements under your watch. Thus, this column is devoted to bidding adieu to the wonderful people whom I have grown to call friends and whom I will miss seeing at TEXCOM meetings.
I am fortunate to have worked with, not one, but two Esteemed Former Officers whom I must now thank and tell goodbye. I must further thank and say goodbye to four outgoing members. All of these individuals contributed to TEXCOM and our Section’s success.