From the Desk of the President
2015 will be a busy year for WAVA, socially. We have the Seafood Social in May, followed by WAVA’s 50th Anniversary Mixer in July, our BBQ Social in September, and the Wreath Ceremony in October. Then there’s the active battalions calendar which includes the Boss Lift to Ft Polk, LA for Annual Training 2015, the Pass-in-Review in October and finally, the annual St. Barbara celebration. More details on these events will be published as they get closer.
Here are some details on the upcoming Seafood Social. It is Tuesday, May 19th. The WAVA Room will open at 5PM, as usual, and dinner will be served around 6:30PM. The cost is $20.00 per person and children, 12 and under, eat free. If you haven’t yet, please send your check ASAP in order for us to order food and reserve your seat. We will have New WAVA shirts for men, women and children. Our merchandise recognizes the 50th Anniversary of WAVA as well as the traditional merchandise we have been selling for the past 6 months. Additionally, we will have for sale a limited supply of the new 1/141 poster, commissioned by WAVA, and designed and painted by renowned artist Emile Henriquez, a WAVA member, for sale. This poster honors the participation of the Washington Artillery in the Gulf Wars and you would be proud to display it in your home or office. You may also purchase a numbered and signed copy for an additional cost.
On Saturday, July 18th, we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of WAVA at the JB Museum. This will be a members only event, at no cost to the members. We have designed a beautiful coin for the 50th Anniversary. It will be given to all members that are in good standing (dues must be paid up to date). Invitations and specific details will be mailed out around the 1st of June.
Our goal for 2015 is continued progress and recruiting younger soldiers to join us so that WAVA will continue and a 100th Anniversary may be celebrated. I know everyone knows Jay Castagnetta is our Office Manager. To say he is very busy would be an understatement. Please recognize he has limited time to perform the duties we have tasked him to do. If you must visit with him please try to make an appointment so he may schedule his work accordingly. With that said I want to take this opportunity to thank Fred Muhs for offering to work with Jay on some administrative matters on Thursdays. Fred has been coming almost every Thursday since November and helping Jay with various projects.
As your President I am honored to serve on behalf of all of our soldiers, past and present.
Ronald R. Besson