For those of you who couldn’t attend the conference in Portland, you missed another good one! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this conference great, you should be proud. Even though I was in Portland for the 1997 conference, there were new farms to see and enjoy and lots of new things to learn. I always come back excited and ready to jump right back into the fire, so to speak. The conferences always do that for me. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been growing, I still learn new tricks of the trade and find out about something new. The combination of learning new things, seeing and visiting with friends and getting away from my farm for a short time gives me a newfound energy (yes, even more than usual, lol) and I’m excited about getting back to the farm.
This Regional Report will be my last as my term is up at the end of this year, and Josie Crowson will take over as the new Regional Director for the South-Central Region. Josie will be a great Director and I appreciate her stepping up for the job. I have enjoyed every single minute serving on the board for ASCFG and would not hesitate to do it again.  Josie, I’m sure you will have the same experience and like me, you will be happy you agreed to be on the Board. I encourage everyone in our Region to support Josie and help her with anything she needs to make her experience a great one.
Anyone who knows me knows I strive to find the positive in everything.  Sometimes I still need a little practice, but for the most part, I am an optimist.  Recently I found the Optimist Creed and thought it would be great to share it.  It was first published in 1912 in a book by Christian D. Larson titled Your Forces and How to Use Them.

The Optimist Creed

Promise Yourself:
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

I hope each and every one of you has a great end to your season this year and a very prosperous season next year. The ASCFG is a great organization with great members. If you do nothing else for the ASCFG, please fill out the questionnaire about the future of the organization.  Only you can help ASCFG move forward to be even better. Put down all your ideas and thoughts you have concerning ASCFG; all of it gives the Board someplace to start. Thanks to everyone for allowing me to serve on the Board. It’s been a pleasure and I’ve made some very special friends I will always treasure.