A message from outgoing President Bill Stoeckert
As my term comes to a close, I wish to express my deep appreciation for the honor and opportunity to serve as president for the last two years. To say it was an unexpected and challenging term would be an understatement. However, despite the consequences of the pandemic which prevented in-person board meetings as well as in-person forums, I am very proud of the dedication, inspiration and varied interests of the board members, which resulted in timely forums that continued to provide critical and decisive information on issues important to the citizens of Orleans. Beginning with our first forum in September 2020, “Orleans and the Pandemic” to our most recent forum in May, “Town Meeting Warrants”, we were blessed with the cooperation of dedicated Town of Orleans elected officials and employees, and citizen volunteers who participated in forums, (A full listing and video of the year’s forums is available on our website.)
All forums were held on Zoom and Channel 18 this year. Feedback from the public and OCF members was very positive. The OCF Board appreciates your participation, and the questions and comments you bring to our forums. We could not have accomplished as much as we did without the assistance of the Town of Orleans, Channel 18 and especially Sarah Eaton for her technical guidance.
On behalf of the board and members, I want to thank board members who are moving on:
– Georgia Autorino, who soon after joining the board assumed the position of secretary, a role she filled with expertise and professionalism. We wish her the best in all future endeavors.
– Kent Arnold, ending his term on the board as immediate past president. Kent served as an inspiration to board members for his innovative ideas and as an historian and mentor to all of us. He will continue to be an active supporter of the OCF mission.
We fondly remember Pete Andersen who passed away during his term serving OCF and the citizens of Orleans. His humor, wisdom and advice are missed. Pete’s work with Orleans Fire and Rescue in establishing the widely popular Stop the Bleed program will be his legacy to Orleans citizens. Thank you, Pete.
Finally, I wish incoming President Walter North and Vice-President Maxine Minkoff, and the entire board, the best of luck and success in the coming year.
Thank you for your support. Stay Safe and Be Well
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