President's Page

by Roy Kekahuna

BVA Board of Directors and Executive Director Tom Miller on March 18, 2011. Front row left to right: Joe Parker, Sam Huhn, Norman Jones, Mark Cornell. Back row: Roy Kekahuna, Dale Stamper, Steve Beres, Robert Campbell, Tom Miller, George Stocking, Roy Young, Dave VanLoan, Joe Burns.
BVA Board of Directors and Executive Director Tom Miller on March 18, 2011. Front row left to right: Joe Parker, Sam Huhn, Norman Jones, Mark Cornell. Back row: Roy Kekahuna, Dale Stamper, Steve Beres, Robert Campbell, Tom Miller, George Stocking, Roy Young, Dave VanLoan, Joe Burns.
 
As the end of my two years of service as your National President comes to a close, I wish to thank our National Board of Directors, the BVA Headquarters staff, and the Field Service Program staff and volunteers for their support of our programs and initiatives.


It has been an honor and a privilege to have served and represented you in a variety of settings and forums. I have most especially enjoyed the chance to establish and nurture so many priceless friendships that would not have otherwise been possible.


I am also gratified by the recent progress made in the legislative arena on behalf of blinded veterans and their families and, for that matter, all veterans in general. Coupled with the amazing advances in technology that enhance our lives now and which could correct vision in the future, things indeed look brighter for us now than ever before.


I look forward to my final two years on the Board of Directors, now in the capacity of Immediate Past National President. There will be many other changes in Las Vegas, both on the Board of Directors as well as in some positions at the National Headquarters office in Washington.


If I could request anything of our membership, it would be that you give the new members of the Board all the support possible to make this special organization the best it can become. You, our members, can make the necessary changes to steer the destiny of BVA. We desperately need leadership at all levels. We need individuals to step up and accept new challenges and motivate others to do the same.


Many of us have been inspired and moved by the accounts we have heard of BVA's founding and rapid progress during its formative years. This came about, at least in part, from the drive and determination of our World War II combat-blinded veterans who refused to allow the organization to fail, even under challenging financial hardships and the personal trials they faced in adjusting to blindness.


Their courage, optimism, and enthusiasm have brought us to where we are today. Successful emulation of these qualities might yet bring another 66 years of successful service to blinded veterans and their families!

BVA will always have a special place in my heart. Our membership includes so many wonderful individuals who have done great things with their lives. There is indeed a built-in legacy of which future blinded veterans can and will want to be a part. I wish our members, and those who might be reading our Bulletin as nonmembers, the best in their future endeavors.


I hope to see you in Las Vegas and at BVA national conventions beyond. A fond Aloha to you all!