Volunteering to be BX Director

jnvkbarnes@nc.rr.com jnvkbarnes@nc.rr.com
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:36:15 PDT

	Dear PBS member; 

	I am writing to volunteer to be the next BX Director. As I am a
relatively new member and unknown to most of you, I would like to take
this opportunity to introduce myself and explain why I wish to be
considered for the position. First of all, let me state that I am
fully aware of the importance of the BX to the PBS. I feel I am a good
fit for the “job” and the “job” would be a good fit for me.
Let me explain… 

	I am a veterinary pathologist who specializes in diseases of birds,
primarily poultry. I am married (we just celebrated our 57th
anniversary), have two daughters, and two grandchildren. I recently
retired after nearly 50 years in academia (36 years at NC State) as a
teacher, scientist, and clinician. Currently, I am a Professor
Emeritus. I have served in several capacities in my professional
organization, including as president. I have authored numerous
scientific papers, participated in writing of books, and given a
myriad of scientific presentations. My life has been one of service to
students, colleagues, clients, and my profession. I view the BX
Director as a continuation of service that I could provide.  

	Bulbs are the most recent iteration of a life-long interest in
plants. My previous interest was in alpine orchids of botanical
interest in the pleurothallid family. This was challenging in our
North Carolina climate…can you imagine a greenhouse with two air
conditioners? This aspect of my hobby ended after the greenhouse was
destroyed twice by hurricanes and when full attention had to be given
to understanding the cause and how to control a devastating disease of
commercial turkey flocks. I served in several capacities in the
Triangle Orchid Society including Show Chairman and President.  I
possess no depth of knowledge concerning bulbs, but am rapidly
learning. I have an insatiable curiosity about anything and
everything. As I explain to people, “It is a good thing I am not a
cat as I would have been gone a long time ago.” 

	Following retirement, I have been seeking a volunteer position that
would be both challenging and rewarding. Until this opportunity arose,
nothing had come along. I have no other responsibilities besides those
of the family. Funny, the grandson does not like homework??? I have no
business interests. With my experience in gathering and organizing
data and qualities of accountability, honesty, and integrity, I
believe I can do the job you expect as BX Director. Serving in this
capacity would fulfill a need I have to do something meaningful to
serve others.  My health is good and I can commit to at least 5 years
in the position barring any unforeseen problems. 

	I have ideas about operating the BX but want to start with the way it
is presently done. A saying in these parts that I cherish is, “If it
ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  Albert has become a good friend as
we live close to each other. I am sure he would be willing to help me
learn the ropes during the transition. 

	That’s about it. I would appreciate your support.  If you have any
questions, please drop me an email (jnvkbarnes@nc.rr.com [1]). You are
welcome to call [919.851.5230], but if you do not leave a message, the
call will likely be blocked…I hate these pesky “Robo” calls. 

	H. John Barnes

[1] mailto:jnvkbarnes@nc.rr.com

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