“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami

My Dear Friends:

It’s a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon. The birds are chirping, the squirrels are chasing each other around the back yard, and I am enjoying the show while sitting at my kitchen table. This storm we call COVID has taken its toll on all of us in one way or another. If you are anything like me, you are now a bit more appreciative of the little things. A smile, a wave, a phone call instead of a text or email are welcomed distractions from the dreary everyday news stories. Even the squirrels have become more fun to watch now. Gone are the days when we could plan a fun night out, hug friends and go to a concert. Our daily lives now include wearing a mask (hopefully one that matches your outfit), carrying hand sanitizer and maintaining six feet from others in public spaces.

And we at VA AAHAM continue to dance through the storm. Our Education Committee has risen to the challenge as they completely re-vamped the educational offerings for the rest of the year. Our first virtual conference will be held on July 22nd from noon to 1:00 pm. The notice for this free joint HFMA session will be going out shortly. Meanwhile the team is preparing topics and dates for the remainder of 2020. There may even be an “after hours, virtual cocktail hour” at some point in the future. For those of you who had paid for the March conference in Charlottesville, please know that your refunds are on the way. Thanks to our Treasurer, Jeff Blue for taking care of the details.

So how are you weathering the storm? Online shopping, Netflix bingeing, clearing out clutter or possibly dancing to a Facebook live concert? Are you doing what makes you happy? This is our time to reflect on life and what is important. It is time to review our lives, reinvent ourselves and make positive changes. We will not be the same when this is all over with, but I know that we will be better than before.

Our Board of Directors wants to hear from you. Please reach out to one of us to give us your thoughts and ideas on educational topics and anything else you need, even if it’s just to provide a listening ear. We want to hear from you….we’re in this storm together…till it is over.

Be well, be safe and “see” you on July 22nd

Yours in AAHAM,

Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I
President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM