It is with a heavy heart that I write today’s editorial column. A dear man, Rick Main passed away and with his passing there is a hole in the hearts of many and the community of Puerto Vallarta. I knew Rick only briefly but his enthusiasm for his many projects was contagious and when I became the editor of the Tribune I knew I wanted to bring this enthusiasm to our readers.
Rick was the chairman of the Banderas Bay Initiative, a non-profit that’s mission is to preserve biodiversity and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the Banderas Bay Region through local and international programs, partnerships, and projects.
The few times I met with Rick to discuss his ongoing projects I was always amazed at his creativity in getting vastly different organizations together. It is a rare person that can bring together people from all walks of life to work towards the common good. For the past 10 months we have been publishing articles on the many projects that the Banderas Bay Initiative undertakes. They focus on education, promotion and protection of culture, beaches and the ocean, the mountains and the forests.
I once wrote a piece on how we all benefit from the accumulated wealth of knowledge the foreign community has here.
Rick was one of those people who used his life’s experience back in the United States to create and build something so beneficial in his adopted home.
The Banderas Bay Intiative has many excellent people and resources behind it. I am sure it will soldier on but in an effort to support something that is so impactful, I encourage you to visit www.bbini.org/home.html to learn more about the many projects that you can support through time or money.
The family has also requested that if you are able, please donate blood to IMMS so that they too can carry on helping the people of this community.
The Vallarta Tribune and myself offer our deepest condolences to Rick’s family, friends and associates. Adios amigo.