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PREAMBLE

To perpetuate the spirit of the Washington Artillery.

To stimulate love of our country and the flag, and to ever Cherish and keep alive the friendships made in peace and War during service in the old command.

We unite to form the Washington Artillery Veterans Association.

So that with the help of Saint Barbara, our Patron Saint,

"LET THE BATTERIES OPEN",

"LET US HAVE CONTINUOUS FIRE",

AND "TRY US"

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Washington Artillery Veterans Association
Post Office Box 7584
Metairie, Louisiana 70010



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To ALL members of WAVA

 

 

Well, a quarter of our year has passed and great things are happening with WAVA.  Finances, mem-bership drives, new food vendors.  This is just normal business taken to the next level

 

I am happy to announce we have finally taken a new approach to our financial strategies.  After exhaustive research we’ve enlisted the expertise of Ameriprise Financial Management to help improve our investment strategies.  We reviewed proposals from companies like Edward Jones, Transamerica, and LPL and believe Ameriprise will offer the best ‘bang for our buck’, pardon the pun.  The Finance Committee has been at this process non-stop since taking over in January.  We have high expectations our investments will work harder for us and look forward to better returns than what our strategies of old have provided.  Additionally we have finally automated our budget and accounting processes.  At our April board meeting the Treasurer will be providing our first Automated Quarterly Treasurer’s Report and Current Net worth Statement.  I’m sure this will be more than an interesting time.

 

In March we began a Membership Drive.  It’s not that we are a dying organization, at all.  We just feel there are so many potential members for our organization that it was time to initiate a concentrated effort to get the word out to these potential members.  We simply emailed to all of our members with an email address a letter from me asking for their support in finding new members and a membership application.  We asked them to share this with a potential member and that was it.  Ernie Guerra is our Membership Committee Chairman and is the point of contact for this effort.  We have already recruited six new perpetual, two contributed to this effort, and a handful of annual members.  Our recruiting goals for the year are one perpetual and twelve annual members per quarter.  We’ll keep you posted on how the drive is working.

 

Our Annual Seafood Dinner will be Tuesday, May 21st, 2013.  It will be held in the 141 Unit Armory and the cost will be $15.00 per person with children 12 and under eating free.  The WAVA Room will open at 5PM and dinner will be served at 6PM.  We have a new seafood vendor.  They are Today's Ketch of Chalmette and we’re looking forward to one of our best events yet.  Contact myself or Ron Besson for reservations.  We look forward to sharing a wonderful evening with both old and new friends.

 

The 5th Company, Washington Artillery, Reenactment contributed $250.00 to WAVA in February and the late Pete Blackwell’s family recently made a $100.00 donation because of Pete’s dedication to the organization.  We can’t thank both parties enough and are enriched ourselves just for being in the company of such.  We recently lost both Mel Hibbetts and Hunter Breslin.  Mel, the consummate gentleman and long time member of WAVA, who will be missed dearly and Hunter, an active battalion member lost way too early in his life, and a legacy of the battalion with his grandfather, Thomas P. Breslin commanding the battalion and his uncle, Pete Breslin also serving as a commissioned officer in the battalion.  Our condolences go out to their families.

As always my door is open to all.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or recommendations you’d like to discuss.

 

Try Us!

 

Jay Castagnetta

President, WAVA

Jcast324@netzero.net

 

‘Perpetuating the Spirit’