Greetings, all. Like yourselves, I have been enjoying this streak of real summer weather, getting up to heat in the morning, and days filled with sun and surf. If any of you are complaining, please cast your minds back to last winter, when we were dreaming of these days. My tomatoes are poised on the brink of ripeness, and all is well with the world.
My name is Mark Smith and I will be gradually taking over from Larry Hauser, who has been the Communications Chair for some seven years now. Under Larry’s guidance we have seen the newsletter continue to improve, and the website has also developed into a central hub for keeping in touch, reporting swimmer’s itch, and sharing pictures. I intend to continue Larry’s fine work, with an initial emphasis on the website .. but more on that another time. For now, please be sure and think of me when you have a picture to send – fun in the sun, family time, landscapes, sunsets .. anything is welcome.
I may be one of the few residents of this county who moved south to be “Up North”: I grew up in Petoskey, and still have fond memories and family ties there. I graduated from U of M and also Edinburgh University in Scotland. I have lived in Germany, and also in Scotland for 12 years, where I taught English. My wife Marjory is Scottish, and our three grown up kids were all born there. I spent my last 25 years of teaching at Leland Public School, where I taught English and German, and I still teach part time at Northwestern Michigan College, but in fact I am now retired and ready to get involved in more volunteer activities. Our home is on N. Lake Leelanau, just north of the new Clay Cliffs area. My area of expertise is web design, and as I slowly learn the ropes here, I hope to get to know more of you. Enjoy your summer!