Hope all of you are keeping safe while sheltering-at-home to reduce the risk of contracting the COVID virus. Group gatherings are still not permitted which means the chapter’s regular monthly meeting scheduled to be held on May 19th is cancelled. Chapter meetings are traditionally not held during the summer so the next time we meet as a chapter will likely be in September, God willing. The annual summer picnic typically held in August is also up in the air.
The CASSAR 145th annual meeting scheduled April 16-18 in Rancho Murieta, south of Sacramento, was changed from a face-to-face meeting to a virtual meeting. I did attend the meeting representing our chapter. Of course, it was not near the same as being there in person but the important agenda item of installing the new officers did take place.
If you are in need in any way please do not hesitate to reach out to the chapter for help. We are compatriots and friends and need to support each other during these most difficult of times. While we are sequestered please consider keeping in touch with other members via email, phone or text.
The chapter was able to maintain its support of the local high school ROTC programs and awarded the Bronze ROTC Medal to five (5) worthy cadets. This year the school’s ROTC award ceremonies are being held virtually.
Our great country has been through and survived many hard times and it is certain that we will endure and overcome this pandemic. We pray for those who have lost loved ones to the virus. We pray for those who are on the front line risking their lives to treat those who have contracted the virus.
Stay safe and I look forward to when we can meet again as a group.
R. Scott Whitman