Issue 14 - October 18th, 2017
So, I get to write a monthly column as NASPL President and rather than have someone else write it, and then sign my name, I thought it better that it would come from me. I have an irreverent and oddball voice in my writing that is all mine, with apologies to the nuns of St. Ann that tried to save me from myself. They tried, they really did. My knuckles are proof of that.
Task numero uno is expressing my deep respect and admiration for Rose Hudson, my dear friend and colleague for many years. As both NASPL President and as MUSL President she helped the lotteries weather more storms than the ... oh wait, too soon for that. Suffice it to suggest that she shepherded the industry through rocky shoals none of her, and now my, predecessors had to navigate.
I love quotes, especially ones by my favorite president Abraham Lincoln. He once commented that "almost all people can deal with adversity, but if you want to see someone's character, give them power." So Rose walked us all through two years of industry problems, and we're on the other side. Thanks, Rose. Just one more thing, as a show of appreciation for serving as NASPL President, each person gets a gift - some folks get bags, watches... What did Rose do with hers? She donated it to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, in honor of her father. I wanted to mention this in Portland, so this is my make good.
Thanks for checking in - until next time - same bat time, same bat channel.