To reach the pinnacle of an organization and to become a national president, is to know both exhilaration and a sense of responsibility. To finally step down from such a position is to know both let-down and relief.
And so it was for Bob Harb (above, left, with new member Dick Aiken and sponsor Stuart Deane) of Haverhill, the 1999-2000 president of the National Exchange Club.
“There’s a let-down because you‘re leaving office,” he said, “but you always wish your successor the best.” You hope that person will do even better than you did, but you also hope that you have left Exchange better than you found it. I felt we made Exchange more visible on the national level with public service announcements by Patrick Wayne, son of John, and radio spots by our own New England district president, Ralph Pallotta. On an individual level, I‘m most proud of establishing our ‘National Day of Service’ and the ‘Ranger’ pin for bringing in three new members. We had three hundred and fifty-seven Rangers in fifty Ranger clubs. We added two new clubs with seventy or more members, including the ‘Collegiate Exchange Club of Ole Miss’. Indeed, Bob came to be known for those Ranger pins. He described once rushing to Logan Airport in his cowboy hat, overcoat, and Ranger pin on his way to Texas,