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“I left the legislature in 2002 after serving 2 years as Caucus Chairman, 9 years as Minority Leader and 7 years as Speaker of the House.  Look what the two of you helped start. …Good luck Rick in your run for the legislature. You will be outstanding.” 

Former State Representative Clyde Ballard
(E. Wenatchee, Washington)

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Activities, Interests and Awards

Moderate public policy discussions utilizing the National Issues Forum “deliberative dialogue” method, supported by website I created: http://comingtogether.us.com/

Presenter at MSBO Annual meeting, April, 2006 on “Negotiations Strategy”

Member of cast for “The Fiddler on the Roof”, “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Calamity Jane”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Oklahoma”

Member of “Over 20” Hockey League Team, Winter & Spring, 2005

Presenter at MSBO Annual meeting, May, 2003, “Controlling Costs/Generating Revenue” and “Explaining Budget and Revenue Issues to Your Community”

Presenter to Monroe Lenawee School Business Officials, June, 2002 regarding Proposal A

Presenter at MSBO Annual meeting, May, 2002: “The Interplay of Proposal A and Schools of Choice in Michigan: What Are the Intended and Unintended Effects?”

Presenter at MSBO Annual meeting, May, 2001: “A Successful Profit Sharing Plan for Our Food Service Program”

Member & Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of Lenawee, 2004-2006

Lenawee Area Chamber of Commerce and Adrian Chamber of Commerce member, 2000-2006

Adrian Kiwanis Club member, 2000-2006

Big Brother to a 15 year old boy in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program,  2000- 2002

Assisted conducting a personal development program, Portland, Toronto, and Wenatchee, WA, 1988-91

Co-Chairman, School Bond Levy Election Committee, 1988 (successful)

Kiwanis Club President, Wenatchee, WA, 1987-88

"Kiwanian of the Year" award, Wenatchee, WA, 1988

Toastmasters Member, 1975-84, held offices of President and Vice President

"Outstanding Contributor to Wenatchee Youth Hockey" award, Wenatchee, WA, 1987

Second Rink Committee President, 1984-87 (we built an ice rink adjacent to the city rink in Wenatchee with all donations and volunteer labor)

Hockey coach, 13 years. Soccer coach, 8 years. Little League baseball coach, three years

Marathon runner (completed three, with personal best of 3:08:14) and 10K runner with personal best of 35.54.

Mountain climber, including Mt. McKinley in 1977 (a short version of the climb story)

Private pilot, licensed 1975

Explorer Scout Advisor, 1970-72

Alpha Gamma Rho (agricultural) Fraternity Chapter President, 1969-70

Top freshman in the College of Agriculture, Michigan State University, 1967-68

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