A Message from Our AWCI President – Fred T. White, CMW21 – May 2017

We need to work together, because that is the only way we can solve our problems.

Fred T. White, CMW21, AWCI President

You are in control of where you are going. You are in the driver’s seat of your life, so take that wheel and get going down the road to your destiny. Will it be a super highway or will it be a dirt road? As we go down that road, sometimes it will be smooth sailing, and sometimes the road will be rocky and rough. These rough times test you to see what you are made of. It’s not how many times you get knocked down but how many times you get up. We watchmakers and clockmakers sometimes whine too much: I can’t get parts; I can’t get enough work; I have too much work. Are we ever satisfied? This is human nature. I grew up on a farm in rural West Virginia, and I can remember the farmers saying that it’s too wet to plow or too wet to put up hay or it’s so dry that if we don’t soon get rain the crops are going to die.

So it is with horologists. We trod along, but the sun always shines after the rain. One thing I learned growing up on the farm was that when we worked together we got a whole lot done. Four families worked together: Dewey Short, Bob Short, Otis Moody, and our family. It was hard work physically, but it was also a lot of fun. By helping each other, the load was a lot lighter. In time of crisis, the whole community pulled together to solve the problem, whatever the issue was. We watchmakers and clockmakers need to work together, because that is the only way we can solve our problems. We cannot depend on the brands to work with us. It would be nice if they would, but in the two plus years that I have been president, I haven’t seen much of a change. How do we solve the problem? Many of you have already started to do it by working together in what is known as networking.

If you like the way something is going, let your Board of Directors know about it. If you don’t like what you see, let them know that also. You voted for these people to be on the board, so talk to them. They are supposed to represent you. Do you read the minutes of our meetings? Let us know what you like or dislike. Talk to us by phone or email; our emails are listed in the back of this magazine.

We will be electing two new board members soon. Election begins May 15 and all ballots must be received by June 30. You will receive election materials that include the candidates’ resumes and their answers to a question posed by the current board. If you have questions about their answers, there is nothing wrong with picking up the phone and having a conversation with them on issues that are important to you before you vote. You may want to consider what other organizations they have worked in, and what roles they played. Are they willing to put forth the work that is required of this voluntary job? Look at their track records. What have they accomplished for the betterment of the organizations they have belonged to? What have they done for AWCI in the past? Have they volunteered for committees; have they worked in their local affiliate chapter? Do they consider themselves a team player, or are they just running for the board to put it on their resume? May the best person win.