JAY CASTAGNETTA (2018)
From the Desk of the President
I hope the holiday season was a joyous time for all, and that you were surrounded by those you love the best. I wish to extend the warmest of winter wishes to you and may you have health and happiness in the New Year!
Please forgive the length of this message. I would like to bring everyone up to date as to the affairs of the association. A State of the Association address, if you will.
2017 was a good year for WAVA. From a financial point of view our investments continue to perform well. The partnership with Ameriprise has proven to be one of the wisest moves our association has made.
Our membership has again steadily increased. We have recruited new active and perpetual members as well as witnessed a recent increase in our associate membership base. As everyone is aware, a couple of years ago we raised our dues from $15 to $30 per year. We did this incrementally with a $5 per year raise in dues till we hit the $30 mark. The milestone was achieved this year, in 2018. So, when mailing in your dues please remember they are $30 this year and will remain there for the foreseeable future. If you recently sent in a dues payment, and you only sent in the $25, please send in the remainder of your dues as soon as possible so we may update our records. Please check your mailing label on this newsletter. It will tell you when your dues are paid thru. Beginning this year, we will start invoicing the dues paying membership. In early February you should receive an invoice in the mail for the balance of dues due to WAVA. This invoice will include any balance due for previous years. And again, in this newsletter is a membership form that you can update any personal information for us to maintain accurate contact information on you. If you are not receiving regular emails from us (2 or 3 a month) then maybe we do not have a correct email address for you.
Our merchandising program is another area of success. We have a variety of items available either via the website, or at the WAVA Room. This year we are adding a few items. We are purchasing new WAVA coins as well as a DUI pin for wear on the WAVA Red Coat. We continue to carry a nice stock of both polo and tee shirts in both red and black colors. In this newsletter there is a survey we’d like you to take to let us know if you are interested in any other items we are considering. If you’d like to participate, please fill out the survey and return it to us at the address indicated.
As for our socials, well let’s just say we have had better success in the past. We tried to move our socials to a Saturday with the hopes of increasing attendance from the membership that had to travel longer distances. We will be returning to Tuesday evenings and our first social of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018. We are obtaining quotes from several vendors and look forward to another great event. Please mark your calendars now so you can rsvp soon. We will start accepting rsvp’s around the 1st of April for this event. Be looking for the post-card reminder.
We are aware the website has slipped this year, but we are updating it now and should be completed by the end of February. By that time, you will be able to make your payments online. Dues, rsvp’s, merchandising, etc…
Other projects nearing completion is the Washington Artillery Monument in Metairie Cemetery and the new floor in the WAVA Room. Roy Broussard has taken the lead with these projects and they are moving along. We will complete both this year. Once completed, the monument will have new sodding, a chain wall to retain the dirt and prevent any erosion as well as a sprinkler system to insure the grass retains its beauty. A portion of the floor in the WAVA Room is being replaced with a commercial grade vinyl floor which has the appearance of a wooden floor. Once completed it should add to beauty of the room and reduce maintenance costs.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to welcome our two new board members. Brian Champagne and Jordan Jones were both elected to the board in December. Their terms will run through December 2020. It is my privilege and honor to serve with two fine gentlemen as these. I would also like to congratulate John DiMartini, Russell Mayeur, Sr., Fred Muhs and Michael Dauenhauer on their re-election to the board. Whenever you have more people running than there are vacancies, someone will not be elected. With that said I would like to extend the sincerest ‘THANK YOU’ to Joseph Whitman. He has been a long-time board member and his service will be missed. Jim Copeland decided not to run for re-election to the board for personal reasons.
We are looking forward to a banner year here at WAVA. We look forward to the fellowship at our monthly meetings with the outstanding food and drink being provided as well as increased participation in our annual social events in May and September. So take care, be safe and till the next time.