by Roy Kekahuna
I hope the New Year has thus far been good to
our BVA members and many friends. Time continues to fly by. It seems
like we were just in Washington, DC, to commemorate our 65th anniversary
and enjoy the camaraderie of a landmark convention. The weeks since
that event are now turning into months.
From my vantage point, those of you who
attended the convention had a great time making new friends and
reuniting with old ones. For those who missed it, we can only report
that it was an outstanding and impressive five days.
As we move forward in 2011, I look ahead
with optimism to a better year. We begin with our mid-winter Board
meetings, the Legislative Committee’s annual Capitol Hill and VA visits,
and the March 16 presentation of our legislative priorities to a joint
session of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs that will
take place on the Senate side of the Hill this year.
In less than six months, we will host our
66th National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christina Hitchcock, BVA
Manager of Conventions, has been hard at work with the Southern Nevada
Regional Group to put on another outstanding event. As part of the team
putting the convention together, I write with confidence that this
convention could definitely be the one you don’t want to miss.
As the end of my term as BVA National President
approaches, I realize even more fully what an exciting experience it has
been to represent all of you. I will happily remain on the Board of
Directors for two more years as the Immediate Past National President.
Yes, that means you will still have to see me at the next three
conventions. I personally enjoy the conventions, meeting and sharing a
part of myself with all of the blinded veterans that have become so much
a part of my life.
Roy Kekahuna, right, presents Dennis O’Connell with Irving Diener Award at 65th National Convention. The award cites exceptional service to the regional group.
With all of our personal and professional
responsibilities, coupled with our family obligations, we must not lose
our focus on increasing our membership within our respective regional
groups. We must also support these groups and their officers in their
often valiant attempts to serve our fellow blinded veterans. In turn,
our regional groups must support BVA National Headquarters in any way
possible during these turbulent times.
For our next issue, I look forward to
providing you with a full report of our meetings and testimony and an
exciting preview of our week in Las Vegas.