President’s Message – September 2021

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on." ~ F.D. Roosevelt

My Dear Friends & Colleagues:

Resilience is certainly the word of the year, the word of the pandemic.  I, for one, did not expect to still be masking, social distancing and seeing increases in COVID-19 positive cases eighteen months in…yet here we are hanging on.

If COVID has done nothing else, it has undoubtedly made each one of us value what is most important in life, because it can all go away in an instant.

I was saddened to have to change our September conference to a virtual option, however we took the safest road possible to ensure the health of our members.  I cannot thank our Board enough for their commitment to continuing the good work they have always done and that is to bring valuable education to you, our members.  Our Education Committee, fearlessly led by Pam Cornell, has been turning on a dime throughout the course of the virus.  Always doing so with a focus on how we can best get this done virtually.  I applaud them for their resilience.

You are all dealing with the pandemic in similar ways.  Many are faced with staffing shortages, full hospital beds and remote working, while caring for children who may or may not be learning remotely.  Staffing shortages are everywhere.  And we deal with everything in our own ways.  You may feel like you are at the end of your rope.  When that happens, reach out to a friend, or loved one to talk about it.  Take time off from work and go hiking, take a walk, listen to music, sit outside at a winery, enjoy the sunshine.  We all need to embrace ourselves and each other during these difficult times.

I miss seeing you all and am hopeful that we can pull off the Williamsburg December meeting in person!

Until then, be safe and reach out if you need to talk.

Yours in AAHAM,


Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I

President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM