JAY CASTAGNETTA (2019)
From the Desk of the President
I sincerely hope everyone had a magnificent holiday season. I pray this New Year will be prosperous, meaningful and happy for all.
I know, by now, that everyone is aware of the passing of Russell Mayeur, Sr. and L. E. Goutierez. Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. They will live on in our memories forever.
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”
Russell was a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from our association. A rare recognition. His untiring and continued efforts to make our association what it is today will be long remembered. L. E. was a longtime member of the Washington Artillery Reenactors and a staunch historian. Our prayers go out to your families.
I would like to welcome both Mike Lacoste and Robin Williams to our Board of Directors. They were elected during our annual general elections in December. I have no doubt they will be outstanding board members and bring new vision to the association. I would like to thank both Ron Besson and Russell Mayeur, Jr. for their many years of faithful service to the association. Both were instrumental in the progresses made by WAVA and the position it finds itself in today. I would also like to congratulate Mario Suarez on his recent promotion to Master Sergeant. He is a sitting member on our board and a member of the full-time staff of the La National Guard. The new committee assignments are posted in this newsletter. Please look them over. If you feel you would like to assist in any manner, feel free to reach out to them.
WAVA’s outlook is great. With the new board members, a new determination to be more fiscally responsible, our continued friendship with the Adjutant General’s office and the support of the active battalion in regards to recruiting new members, 2019 looks to be one of our best years yet.
Our annual Seafood Dinner is scheduled and plans are being finalized. It will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the cost is $30.00 for everyone. We will not accept RSVPs received after May 14th, 2019. Reserve the date now and RSVP early. It really makes it easier for the Socials Committee to plan a memorable event. Please complete the RSVP form in this newsletter.
With best wishes for 2019,