JAY CASTAGNETTA (2017)
From the Desk of the President
Greetings to our WAVA family,
In my first message to the membership I hope to convey my humbleness and privilege to have been elected to lead this wonderful organization into a period of growth and prosperity as well as returning to a program of fellowship as it was intended by our founders of 1965. I’ve also taken the liberty to list a few of the issues I believe to be of importance to the organization through the next year.
First, and foremost, are our meetings. Our meetings have become brutally long with constant bickering and arguing over mundane topics. Our general membership meetings will now be short meetings updating the membership of the business of the previous month, and will include an informative and educational flair. In February and March, we have invited Mr. Greg Meredith and Kristopher Hardin respectively. Mr. Meredith oversees the Baton Rouge facility of the Salvation Army and Mr. Hardin is retired from the Army and was a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington. We will be seeking out individuals who are willing to come to these meetings and present topics of interest to our membership.
Our finances are important to us. As indicated in the ‘State of the Association’ address 2016 was a good year for our earnings and we plan to continue our relationship with Ameriprise and keeping our membership informed, quarterly, of the status of our financial operations as well as our investments. Our financial Operations SOP imposes serious restrictions on how much of our investments we can tap into for our annual operations and our approved budget has us spending within those restrictions. I ask all those intending to come to WAVA for support to plan accordingly and within the guidelines of our new policies.
We are planning some exciting changes for our socials. We are going to try a Saturday Seafood Boil and Fish Fry, instead of the Tuesday evening affair we have held over the years. It is our desire to attract more membership to this event and hopefully they will bring their families with them. We will have activities to entertain the children and hope more people will come since work the next morning will not be an issue. It will be held on an off-drill weekend so we can encourage active battalion participation as well. There are quarters available on Jackson Barracks for those desiring to stay on post after the event. Details of this event are posted later in this newsletter.
Our website is also being improved daily. We have included a tab for all our SOPs as well as updating the calendar, photos, and merchandise. You can now purchase merchandise online and pay via PayPal.
I would be remiss if I did not mention our relationship with the active battalion. It is solid and I intend to maintain that relationship. MAJ Luebbert and I will work closely in insuring any needs of the active battalion are supported, within our means. We have been invited to the NCO Development Program for the battalion to present WAVA’s story and encourage membership in ‘THEIR’ association. Additionally, we will be opening the WAVA Room on home-station drills to encourage those members interested to visit with us.
As you can see, it will be an exciting year to be in WAVA. I hope to see as many as possible at our meetings and welcome any feedback you feel is important.