Mike Clifford Posted January 11, 2010 Report Share Posted January 11, 2010 There comes a time in every person's life that has ever devoted an inordinate about of time towards volunteer efforts to question when our work is done. We talk about passing the torch, but a torch means it has to be lit. When the flame is perilously close to becoming extinguished by the demands we face in life with family, work and everything that comes with it.....a tough decision sometimes needs to be made. The ISA has been a part of me for so long, I can't remember a single day that didn't require my attention to something that required some sort of action in order to help preserve and protect Illinois rivers and streams. The passion for conservation comes from a fire that burns inside. The articles I've written over the years have been published with the ultimate goal of allowing me to pass the torch while it is still burning bright, to that special someone that feels the passion and has the desire to make a profound difference. Somebody reading this article will come to the realization that they have what it takes to become the next Conservation Director for the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. There is little glory, but the gains in conservation are tremendous. As the largest fishing organization in the state, our peers are offered a unique perspective when it comes to working in collaboration on many issues. Taking a leadership position in a group like ours doesn't mean you are charged with saving the world, it simply states that you have the passion to try and affect a local environment that means so much to so many. It isn't so much the quality of service, but the product of devotion that matters most. The torch has been passed. Are you willing to accept it? Please contact one of the officers on this website and make the leap for conservation that you know you are capable of making. Only you can keep that torch lit. Allow me to step away with dignity and pride in the knowledge that your passion is waiting in the wings. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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