Memo from the President

I hope that this finds you and yours well, safe from COVID-19 and taking all appropriate measures to avoid being contaminated/infected.  These are very trying times for all of us, and I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.   I have received some inquiries about the WVARSE Leadership Training scheduled for May 6.   After a conference call with President-elect Scarberry and Executive Director Milam earlier today, we have decided not to hold this training session.  While we hope that we will have seen the end of this pandemic by this time, it is very doubtful that it will happen within this time frame.  We feel that it is in our best interests to prepare for the worst and hope for the best; therefore, the cancellation.  We will still have our Board meeting on May 5 at 10:00 via conference call, just as we did previously.  Executive Director Milam will be setting this up for us; he will inform us about the correct procedure as soon as he has finalized the details.

A decision about Regional Meetings has not yet been made although we discussed this matter this morning.  We will be discussing this at our May 5 Board meeting and making a decision sometime around the middle of May about canceling or postponing.  In order to have up-to-date information, I would like for the Regional Directors to check with their host sites to determine availability for the last week in June in case we do need to re-schedule.  Please stress to them that we are not yet making this decision.

Continue to take care, be safe and SMILE.

Mary Ann Ferris, President

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