From Rob: Thank You For the Opportunity To Have Served YouOver the last eight years, it has been my honor and privilege to have served you as your Rocky Mountain ASTA Chapter President.
Today as I write my monthly note to you, I find this to be my most sentimental message of the last eight years, as this will be the final message I will ever write in this space. My time as your Chapter President has come to a close.
As I reflect on our shared memories, I recall how you have stood by your Chapter as we trudged through the lowest valleys and across the deepest canyons to reach the mountaintop we have happily now conquered.
You gave me the strength and encouragement to continue plowing ahead when the trail before us often seemed too difficult to traverse and a cheerful ending seemed too far away ever to reach.
You accepted my humanness, faults, and stumbles as I strived to lead us to the better spot we have now reached together and attained, and for this, I will always be thankful to you.
I give a special shout-out to Jeff Gregory, who stood alone beside me during the beginning years. Our Chapter's survival as we began on the trail could not have happened without Jeff's support.
To the multiple board members we have had in between and the beyond exceptional group of board members we have today – THANK YOU! Your work has brought our Chapter to this solid place. Each of you holds a special place in my heart, and I am indebted to the work and time you have contributed to the success of our Chapter!
Because of their, and each member's, continued faith in your Chapter, we are alive today and, I am happy to report, thriving!
Now the pages of life have turned to a new chapter of my life's book, and I am moving on to represent you on the ASTA National Board of Directors and as ASTA's Northwest Regional Director. For this reason, it is time for me to say farewell as your Chapter President.
Having devoted my life to the survival of this Chapter, it, and you, will always have a special place in my heart. Now that we are a healthy chapter, it is critical that we do not visit the places we have already been.
Therefore, I am thrilled that an exceptional new leader has been found to lead our Chapter to the even higher mountaintops I am confident this Chapter can, and will, reach!
I am happy to introduce to you Jeof Oyster!
Jeof has been working as the Chapter's Young Professional Society (YPS) board representative. During this time, he has proved himself to be a solid and tireless leader filled with enthusiasm and fresh ideas that will lead the Chapter, and ASTA, forward in a powerful and positive way. I am thrilled to turn over our Chapter to him as I am confident that he will take it to new heights that will please and impress you!
So as my final farewell, I say Thank You for allowing me to have had the opportunity to have served you.
Remember that your Chapter can only be as strong as the members who step forward to help serve it. So please consider supporting Jeof and your Chapter with your talents.
And Godspeed to each of you.
I will be looking for you on the mountaintops and looking forward to seeing the success I know this Chapter can and will attain under Jeof's solid leadership!
May God bless you always and bring you only continued and higher success!
Rob Hale, CTC, DS, LS
Travel N Relax Inc, an affiliate of the Travel Society - a Virtuoso Member
We Are Unifying the World ~ One Traveler at a Time!
National Board Member and Northwest Regional Director of The American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA)
From Jeof: Our Mission to Build, Support, and Celebrate Rocky Mountain Travel Advisors
My name is Jeof (pronounced "Jeff") and I'm honored and excited to be stepping into Rob's shoes as your new chapter president. Our work as travel professionals is more important than ever—we help people realize their dreams to see the world, connect with loved ones, and discover new things about the world, other cultures, and themselves. ASTA is here to support us in our work: advocating for our interests, promoting our work to consumers, and helping advisors build skills for success.
I want to thank Rob for his dedication to our chapter over many, many years. He helped us navigate some turbulent moments, and has laid a strong foundation on which to continue building. He's also been a great mentor to me as I step into his shoes, and he will continue to be a part of our chapter's leadership both on the chapter board and as our regional director.
We are also blessed with an amazing team of board members that are passionate about the profession, and eager to help you succeed. Our chapter could not function without these people, and I'm so grateful that the current board will continue on in their roles.
But the most important part of ASTA is its members and supporting the work you do every day. That has been, and will continue to be, our main focus. You can expect even more from this chapter to support your success over the years ahead—here are some highlights:
Know that you are welcome to reach out to me—and any member of the board—any time to share ideas, discuss a concern, or ask questions. I'm always happy to take time out for ASTA members, and look forward to meeting you all at upcoming events or one-on-one.