by Peter Edmunds
It’s been ten years since I started Border Partners with my wife, Polly, and Helena Myers. Last month I celebrated my 80th birthday, and I have decided it is time for me to transition out of my position as General Manager. Fortunately, one year ago, Samantha Apodaca joined Border Partners staff and, now, I am very happy to be turning over the reins to her. As of this week, she will be the General Manager, and I will be her adviser.
Border Partners is the best job I have ever had. For ten years, I have had the pleasure of working with the people of Palomas for several days each week to help them improve their community. In the process, it grew into something way beyond what Polly and I envisioned ten years ago. Today there are changes brought by Border Partners to Palomas that affect almost every resident in a small or a very large way.
What Lies Ahead
And now the fun begins for me. Unburdened by administrative duties, I am looking forward to doing some things that I have not had time to do in the last years. I will be in New Mexico until about May 1 to make sure Samantha has all she needs to be successful managing BP. She has worked for BP for almost a year, so she already is better at a lot of the work than I am. By May 1, I will finish construction work on some playgrounds and water filters. I will then go north to be with Polly and our family and friends in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the summer.
In the fall, I will return and get to work with the youth in Palomas on projects that will include some solar energy experiments, robotics and art. My hope is that I will be able to come back for a few months every year and work with the kids in Palomas.
I want to thank everyone on the BP team for the privilege of working with you for the past years. It has been a true joy to be part of the team that has done so much good work in Palomas.