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.
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
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!