This past weekend Linton officially became president of the SFA. The founders of the SFA and previous SFA Board Members established bylaws where the Vice President would become President & the President would become the Immediate Past President.
This post serves as a passing of the baton. Linton, the previous past Vice President is now President. Angie Mosier previously Vice President then President is now immediate Past President. And, the lovely Sara Roahen is current Vice President.
I know this sounds complicated but it’s important to understand how structured and thought through these roles are and what kind of time commitment is involved. The staff and membership play an important part in the decision of incoming board members as well as the executive committee. It is the responsibility of the board to make sure the organization stays true to its mission and vision statement and holds the staff to the highest standards.
Linton and I feel incredibly honored that John Edgerton (founding member & namesake of the John Edgerton award) along with John T. Edge & Angie Mosier asked Linton to be VP, P and IPP! In fact, they were all at Restaurant Eugene when they first introduced us to the SFA and invited us to be a part of the conversation and to have a seat at the table that lovingly embraces the stories, culture and heritage of the American south.
One thing that is so charming about the SFA symposium is running into friends that share similar day to day experiences but you only have an opportunity to see once or twice a year. In this photo I’m with the lovely Partis Stitt, who is a founding member and just joined the board, from Birmingham. We are happily enjoying the company of Chingo Bling. He is new to the SFA but I think he finds himself right at home. Right Chingo?