There’s one important item missing from this month’s President’s Message—when Carl Kikuchi thanked our retiring board members for their service he forgot to mention that he also is leaving us. That oversight is no surprise for a guy who never sings his own praises and who, sadly for us, is migrating permanently to join his flock in Arizona. The ASNV community is sorry to see him leave our flyway, but we wish him well as he and his wife, Jan, immerse themselves in grandchildren and the joys of birding a new region.
During his thirteen years of service to ASNV, Carl proved that there is great power in quiet leadership. Under his two terms as Board President and in many different roles, Carl helped ASNV accomplish numerous objectives, including:
- developing a strategic plan that clarifiesi our mission and establishes specific goals to guide our efforts,
- recruiting new talent: board members, instructors, committee members, and volunteers,
- arranging for many of the Audubon Afternoons we’ve so enjoyed over the years, and
- sharing his own talents for efficient management, for teaching the skills of birding to beginners, for overseeing our increasingly successful Annual Appeal, and for working with Caroline Williams to analyze twenty-five years of citizen science data from our Northern Virginia Bird Survey.
Carl’s tireless dedication has left this organization stronger in terms of volunteers, programs, financial stability, and vision.
Thank you Carl, we’ll miss you.