Well now that I have stepped up a chair of office in ASOB, I totally look forward to not only fulfilling my role, but hopefully making it a great year of music, brotherhood, and the mindful changes I would like to help make.

I am W. Richard “Bear” Sobek, 1st Vice President for ASOB. I live in the country in Miami County, Kansas. I am semi-retired but manage a Bail Bond Business in 7 counties. My Beautiful Lady Fran keeps me from doing the middle of the night bonds, but if the money is good, I refuse to listen to her. I am still in one piece anyway.

I am proud to be a part of ASOB and look forward to working with our President and the rest of the officers to build more into this grand organization. Many out there have ideas and we need to hear more about them. Now is the time to jump up and help us not only keep ASOB, your regions, and the Oriental Band system in place. We have lost membership and I would like to understand why above and beyond death and age.

I am also proud that Ed Harvey, a great member of the Abdallah Oriental Band, is our Central States Ambassador and have always looked to him for help. He devotes himself to the betterment of “The Band”, as we are known and makes FUN a real word.

From the flatlands of the central state, I remain,

W. Richard “Bear” Sobek

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