By Jim Moreau, CIT, CLIA, CIC, CLVLT
I hope all is well, considering it has been a very long winter. As we all get ready for the new season, we have a greater hope for a better year, now that we have begun the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are beginning to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. I hope that you have all stayed safe and healthy during this time of the pandemic. I have been very fortunate not have anyone close to me come down with the virus. I wish everyone who has been affected by it, a speedy recovery and if you lost someone, my deepest sympathy. The pandemic has tested us all, both mentally and physically, and we come out stronger and wiser from it. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” Well, we have definitely gone on an unforgettable journey, to a destination I hope never to return to. However, I will always keep in mind the lessons I have learned along the way. I hope to see that the world becomes a better place and that people realize that life is a precious gift.
I have some news from the Board room, as we are getting ready to send out the 2021 Election ballots. There is a ballot in the Newsletter (see page 5) and you will receive one by e-mail, as well, so please vote. The Board works very hard throughout the year for NHLA members. We try to make sure that the ideals of the Association are met, and we do the best we can to work for your benefit. The Board is always looking for new directors. I realize it is a time commitment; however, in reality, you are helping yourself. Before all of the shut downs and social distancing happened, we met in person once a month. Currently, we are meeting via Zoom, so no one has to leave their home. I know that we would like to meet in person, but unfortunately, it is not possible at this time. The meetings usually last an hour or two, depending on the agenda. We meet the first Tuesday of every month. I would like to invite anyone who wants to attend a meeting, via Zoom, to contact Pam Moreau, the NHLA Business Manager. She will get you the information needed to join the meeting.
You all know the saying, that there is strength in numbers, well I believe it is definitely true for our Association. My days as president of NHLA are coming to a close, and I will become the past president. I want to THANK YOU for allowing me to be your president. It has been a pleasure working with the Board. We have several very dedicated Board members, but we would like to see some new blood. Even if you cannot commit to the year, it would be great to see you and hear your ideas in person. Please consider coming to a meeting.
The Education Committee and Board of Directors are looking into producing a 2-day educational event this summer. We are in the very early planning stages right now, with more details to come in the next few months. The COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are making this extremely challenging. We are currently checking with speakers and vendors regarding their guidelines and restrictions on participating in events with large groups. So keep an eye out for information in the Newsletter and website. I hope to see this event get off the ground, as I feel it will be great for all.
Calling all golfers! Yes, we are hoping to have our annual golf tournament this year. We have reserved Tuesday, August 3. Please mark your calendars! If you are interested in helping out or becoming a vendor, please email Pam Moreau, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, please remember, even though we are going into a new season, we are still facing some post COVID-19 challenges. Take it one day at a time and face the challenges head on. We need to be strong and get over this hurdle together. Your membership is a community, so please reach out for help. I also ask you to please encourage new people, who are not members, to join and help strengthen NHLA. There is power in numbers! I would like to say “Welcome” to all our new members and “Thank you” to all our dedicated members. We would not have an Association without you.
“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present’”– Eleanor Roosevelt