RUMINATIONS AND REMINISCENCES
One of the interesting things over the years that I have noted in the study of history is that at sometime you actually lose track of it in that you can be part of history as it is being made. Now I do not have a hubris that great to think that I am a great part of history as a whole but when it comes to the history of some small part of it such as NHRHTA it can be a bit startling how fast time can fly by.
At our April 4, 2009 Board of Directors meeting, I declined another term as President of the NHRHTA, Inc., and nominated Bill Dulmaine as a candidate for that position. The BOD concurred. The BOD then proceeded to elect me to fill the office of Chairman formerly held by Bill.
I would like to say that having been President of this organization was an interesting if not always rewarding experience. I could not have survived 20 years without the support of many other very dedicated individuals on the BOD, the Officers and members. It does amaze me at times the selfless dedication of some that have served this organization for DECADES, out of a simple labor of love for a corporate entity long gone.
For me, a score of years as President is enough. Leading an all-voluntary organization is not an easy task in that personality is the only leverage available. Looking back we had our successes and failures and since hindsight is always 20/20 I make no apologies for that, as it was the right thing to do at the time. In the past 20 years we came into the digital age sometimes painfully but we are here with web sites and forums. We have evolved from the cut and paste publishing mode into full digital technology. We have a fully functioning cooperative archive with the University of Connecticut which will survive long after the original founders are just memories.
There will always be those who will criticize decisions and actions taken, however in most cases, that is because there are reasons unknown to them as to why things are done in a particular manner. I have seen the highpoints and the nadir of despair on this rollercoaster of an organization. Was it worth it, some may ask, and my answer is Yes your damned right it was! My association with the organization goes back to 1966 and the nascent NHRTIG and the leaps that have been made are frankly amazing if you just look at the small bit of history of this organization.
For the future I can return to writing some articles that I have piled up in file cabinets as the day to day running of the NHRHTA, Inc. is left to Bill Dulmaine. As always anything I can help answer a members question as to the history or a technical item of the NHRR, I'm not going anywhere soon (I Hope). It's been a trip!
Wayne D. Drummond