As we reach the one-year anniversary of this horrific pandemic, we must reflect on all who lost a loved one and the incredible loss and sadness that swept this great country and the world. We have been very fortunate to have a career where we were able to continue to feed and care for our families while others lost everything and for that, we are truly blessed. Lessons have been learned and we must take those lessons and apply the good for the future and learn from the mistakes that were made.
I would like to thank all of our members for getting this far and making it work when it seemed impossible, every job title not just one, pulled together as a family, and the courts never closed. We had over 60 members retire and that list is still growing at an alarming rate. Many, if not all, left without fanfare, and for that, we are all saddened. We tell all those who miss their coworkers who have left that there will be a proper sendoff for all in November.
As we move forward into the next fiscal year there will be even more challenges ahead. We will get through those also and we want you to know that we will continue to fight and not be ignored and taken for granted. I am encouraged by what we lived through and believe that faith rather than fear and hope rather than despair will get us to where we want to be, normalcy. Here’s to the future and may God bless us all!
Peter A. Piciulo