head-chairman
gallen

25 July, 2020

Because the pandemic is not completely under control, and because the hotels, airlines, restaurants and tours are not back in business, we will not be able to safely provide a reunion comparable to our past reunions. Accordingly, the 2020 NMCB 58 REUNION at Valley Forge is officially CANCELLED.

For those who made deposits to the Association for registration and/or tours, we need to know whether you want us to hold or return your deposits. We will hold your deposits for next year’s reunion in Montana or return your deposits as you so choose. Reunion sponsorships will be handled in much the same manner. We will try to reschedule the Valley Forge reunion in 2022. Please contact our Treasurer, John Hughes, at Jiv3hughes@aol.com for assistance in this matter. The hotel should have already returned any room reservation monies deposited.

In the meantime, we are more concerned about the health and well-being of our members, particularly with the isolation and physical threat brought on by this virus.

Accordingly, we have established a YANA (You Are Not Alone) program under the direction of Board member Jim Nunn. Under this program, several of our members have volunteered to call those NMCB 58 Association members who do not have an e-mail address to find out how these members are doing and to determine if they need any assistance from our association. Contact Jim at jenunn@earthlink.net for more info.

If you know of any of our members who are ill or having a difficult time with the restrictions or financial hardships, please let us know about them so we can try to assist them in getting through these difficult times. Several of your board members have experience in dealing with the VA and/or other government or health agencies. If you know of any member facing difficulties, please contact our Association Secretary, Mike Woebkenberg, at mikewoeb@yahoo.com with any information regarding them.

Since our age group is the most vulnerable to this virus, please follow the prescribed precautions for protecting yourselves from the virus. We are looking forward to seeing you all at our 2021 Association reunion next May 11-16 in Kalispell, Montana.

Sadly, I must note that Bob Castaldi, a long-time dedicated board member, has died. May God grant him eternal rest!

Sincerely,

John Gallen

NMCB 58 Association Chairman