JAY CASTAGNETTA (2017)
From the Desk of the President
I hope everyone has had a great and safe summer. We have been busy here at WAVA. We have been busy updating our contact rosters, insuring the most accurate information is available so we can keep in touch and keep you informed. If you believe we may have some inaccurate information for you (email address, phone numbers. etc…), please complete the enclosed form (Personal Information Update) and return it to us to the address provided. We have also been working to improve our socials and meetings. All in all, things are looking good for the association.
I want to take this opportunity to bid a heartfelt ‘Hail and Farewell’ to a dear friend and longtime member of WAVA. MSG Flemming Ragas has departed the battalion. He has accepted an assignment with NGB and will be stationed at Ft. Polk, LA. I want to wish him the best and pray it will not be too long before he can visit with us. I’d also like to congratulate SFC Mario Suarez, our Recording Secretary, on his recent assignment change from Readiness NCO of Foxtrot Co to Battalion S4 NCO. And finally, I’d like to welcome MAJ Robert Allen. He has recently been reassigned to the battalion and will serve as the Battalion Executive Officer.
I want to discuss dues. We still have 360 members on our rolls. Of that 205 are perpetual members. That leaves us with 155 annual dues paying members. Only 81 members have paid their dues this year. Of the remaining 74, 40 members are two or more years’ delinquent in their dues leaving 34 owing for 2017. Again, I cannot overemphasize the importance of our dues paying members to our operating budget. We will begin purging our rolls in a month or two. Please check your label on this newsletter. It will tell you when your dues are paid thru. If you are not paid thru 2017, YOU ARE DELINQUENT, and remember, dues this year are $25. Quite a bargain.
As many of you are aware we have started holding our two main social events on a Saturday afternoon. We know this is a change and it will be hard for people to adopt. We also know this affords those who wish to attend but may live too far away to travel later in the evenings, or during the week, an opportunity to participate. Our next social event is the annual BBQ Social. It will be held on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 in the active battalion’s armory (drill hall). We have contracted with Moe’s BBQ to provide the food. The rsvp form is attached to this newsletter. Please complete and return it to us as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly.
St Barbara Night will be on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. It will be at the Westin, New Orleans at 100 Iberville St. in New Orleans, and will begin promptly at 7PM. If you were invited to the event please insure you rsvp by September 7th to either SSG Martin or CPT Castillion. Those instructions were provided in the invitation.
The Annual Wreath Ceremony will be Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 10AM, at the Metairie Cemetery, with the reception following in the WAVA Room immediately following. The reception is open to all and there will be food and beverages available. The uniform for this event is the WAVA Red Coat with black trousers, white shirt and tie. This year’s ceremony should be better than past years. There is a family we have learned of who has a family member’s name inscribed on the monument from the Civil War and we plan on recognizing that family at the ceremony. Additionally, the Annual Pass-in-Review will be held the following day, Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at 10AM, at the Jackson Barracks parade field. The uniform for the event is Red WAVA Polo Shirt with black trousers. The Past Commanders and WAVA President’s uniform shall be the WAVA Red Coat with black trousers. A reception will be held in the WAVA gallery immediately following the review.
And finally, I would like to briefly remind everyone of the Annual General Membership Meeting which will be held Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. As usual, our elections are important. The November issue of our newsletter will be dedicated to the upcoming elections and will provide the Absentee Ballot for those who cannot attend the meeting. Remember, as long as you are eligible, your vote counts.