From the Desk of the President
Fellow WAVA Members, Associate Members, Family Members and Friends of the organization, this is a most unusual message from the WAVA President. In fact, I think that it is unprecedented in the history of the Washington Artillery Veteran’s Association that we have been prohibited from meeting due to a global pandemic. COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives in ways that were unimaginable a few months ago. Many of us know someone who has been impacted by this virus in some way and hopefully none of us have lost a loved-one. I offer my sincere condolences on behalf of our great organization for those who have.
Our organization has diligently followed the recommendations of the Adjutant General of Louisiana and the Governor of Louisiana to adhere to social distancing guidelines and not hold meetings during this pandemic. This has caused us to cancel the March and April monthly meetings and not share in the good cheer, food and fellowship that we are normally accustomed. It has also caused us to postpone the Annual Seafood Social because of our inability to plan the event and to know the extent of the “stay at home” order. I deliberately used the word postponed because I am hopeful that this pandemic will pass soon and we will be able to safely meet again, possibly in May, and plan this event for June or July. A delayed Seafood Social will provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the passing of this pandemic, re-kindle relationships and share in a festive event.
I will ensure that our Administrator periodically posts e-mail updates regarding future meetings. I know that many of you look forward to our monthly meetings however each of your health and welfare is more important to the association than any meeting. We will survive this hardship as we have done for numerous hurricanes and deployments and come out of this an even stronger association. I hope that all of you continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and our State and Federal Officials. I look forward to meeting with all of you again in the near future.
Brian P. Champagne