Presidents Corner

 

Where did 2021 go? At times it dragged and at other times it flew by. I was praying that COVID-19 would be in the rearview mirror when 2022 came along, but like a rude relative, it doesnt know when to leave. I am hoping it will be greatly diminished by May. I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season full of family, friends, food, and fun, whether you visited in person or from a distance. I am grateful that I was able to attend my Chapter Christmas party and see everyone in person. The food is always good and the company superb.

It was a quiet Christmas at the Styles home, but we celebrated New Years on a cruise ship with 14 friends and family members. It was a different experience for sure, but we had a great time. Masks were mandatory onboard in public spaces (I wore KN95 or cloth masks with a filter insert), everyone sported a stylish green wristband that designated a full vaccination status, and the crew did a great job of constantly cleaning spaces. The food was too good, the entertainment fun, and the shore excursions were warm and mostly sunny. The ship was at about 60 percent capacity so social distancing was easier to maintain.

As I write this, it is snowing in North Georgia and Mardi Gras Season has kicked off. There are king cakes in the grocery stores here and so far, I have resistedbut not for long. As you read this, it should be spring with new garden blooms and warmer temperatures. Spring is a reminder to me of good things to come. Specifically, our reunion cruise kicks off on May 4th and it promises to be a great trip. Derby Day will be May 7th so bring your hats and party in style. Laissez le bons temp rouler let the good times roll. Thanks so much to team WMANNCA for making this reunion a reality.

I met with the Chapter Presidents in January, it is a great way to share information and I am energized by these meetings as I always find them insightful and educational. Thank you for helping me be a better leader and to understand issues at the Chapter level. 

As a volunteer organization, NNCA depends on the generosity of its members. In this fast paced world, finding members with extra time to serve on boards and committees can be a challenge. You will see that SMANNCA has dissolved. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Nancy Harms and her leadership team for their ten years of dedicated service to that Chapter. Former members of SMANNCA are welcome to move their membership to WMANNCA or to remain members at large.

As this is my last newsletter (my term expires in May), I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your service to our country, the Navy, and to this organization. It has been an honor and a true pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors and as the President. A special thank you to all of the Directors, and especially Mary Mahony and Dorothy OVery who go above and beyond their jobs to keep this organization on track and to keep the newsletters flowing.

Best wishes and big hugs to you all ~ Donna

Donna Styles, President NNCA

March 2022