A Message from the President

First, let me thank you for your vote of confidence in electing me President for 2007. It’s going to be a lot of work but I’m ready to face the challenge. SMRA has a lot on its plate for 2007 and we need to carry the momentum and excitement that was generated by October’s convention forward into the New Year. There will be lots of opportunities for members to participate in fundraising events and membership drives including Road Trips, Winter Roundup, the spring Trail Blaze and the Mr. Bud Light Nashville 2008 competition.

Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association will continue to branch out and include more communities in Kentucky and Tennessee seeking active members throughout the region to work toward hosting a rodeo while continuing to raise much-needed funds for our charity partners.

We’ll be seeking additional sponsors outside of the Middle Tennessee area and ask that any member with an idea step forward and speak up.

I look forward to working with, and learning from, all of the leaders in IGRA and sharing what I learn with as many people as possible to help educate and excite people about gay rodeo.

Grigsby White, President
Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association  

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Many of us have made resolutions and pledged ourselves to transforming some aspect, or aspects, of our lives. For some, these resolutions will involve career, budget, home ownership, etc., but for a LOT of us, they will involve various health, exercise and fitness goals.

Often, these resolutions are vague, like “lose weight” or “exercise more”, and way too often they begin with a gym contract and end with Netflix and a bag of takeout. Getting specific can help in holding yourself accountable for these commitments, though. So we thought it might be interesting to talk with a local gay trainer, James Mai, about his fitness journey, his work as a trainer and how he keeps himself motivated, and get some of his suggestions for carrying through on this year’s fitness resolutions!

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