The Chairman's Corner
By: Patrick Longo
Chairman January 2016
The holiday season came and went very quickly this year for some reason. I hope everyone enjoyed the season with friends and family.
The terrorist attack in San Bernardino last month was a tremendous tragedy that really hit home with my family as well as our CMSA family. I have a mother and three sisters who live very close by and one of my sisters actually attends counseling sessions periodically with the social workers in that building. Also, Glenn Willwerth of J&S Paper found himself caught in the middle of the action. J&S is located across the street from the shooting sight. Glenn happened to be in the office that day and turned out to be a star witness in the manhunt of the shooters. Great job, Glenn we appreciate everything you did to help and thankfully you came out of it unharmed. Now more than ever, it is the time to reflect on the importance of every day. Appreciate loved ones as well as all your coworkers, for you never know what tomorrow brings us.
I had a chance to attend the LA/OC Joint Chapter Holiday Party this month over at Clearman’s North Woods Inn in La Mirada hosted by Chapter Presidents Eric Ortiz and Tom Smith. Both Chapters represented well as usual, collecting more than 100 toys for kids less fortunate. It is always a great feel-good time to kick off the holiday season. Great job Eric, Tom and all of our sponsors: New Haven Moving Equipment, Dewitt Move World Wide, Ship Smart, Paul Hanson Partners, Mirliss Auto Relocation Services and CDS Moving Equipment.
Hope everyone hangs in there during the lean months of December-February know that spring and summer is just around the corner. In the meantime try and diversify as much as you can this will help get us through.
I am looking forward to our next group of Chapter visits in January: Mid Valley, Monterey and Central Coast. Remember to register early for our 98th Annual CMSA Convention at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, California from May 10-15 2016.
Happy New Year everyone! Let's make this the best year ever.
Keep making a difference!!
- CMSA Communicator