President’s Message – December 2021



“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.”


~ Douglas Wood


My Dear Friends & Colleagues:


The time has come after four wonderful years, to write my last President’s message.  It has been my honor and privilege to serve as your Chapter President.  Thank you for trusting me to lead!


When I first moved to Virginia from Maine, almost ten years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me.  I was excited, nervous, and anxious to see where my next chapter would take me.  I knew that I wanted to continue my involvement with AAHAM, but I did not know what that would look like.  I remember being at a national ANI and telling David Nicholas that I wanted to help out if he needed me and the rest is history.  Thank you, David!


I have been blessed to work with an outstanding group of ‘AAHAMers’ whose mission is to continue the legacy of the Virginia Chapter.  This Board is outstanding.  It is filled with so many hard-working individuals who have come together during a most difficult two-year pandemic to offer creative ideas and to stay the course.  Thank you, my friends!


Our recent annual conference at the Kingsmill Resort did not disappoint.  Although much smaller in size than what we have typically experienced, it was wonderful to see dear friends and colleagues in person.  Our sponsors rose to the challenge and were exceedingly supportive.  The speakers were outstanding, the food was excellent and the venue so accommodating.  We were pleased that some took advantage of the virtual option to attend.  Toys for Tots benefitted from Virginia AAHAM’s generosity once again.  The Corn Hole and Ugly Sweater challenges were just great and the dancing helped us to get the pandemic cobwebs out of our system!  Thank you to all who participated!


Finally, my congratulations go out to our 2022-2023 incoming officers:  Pam Cornell, President; Deanna Almond, First VP, Cathy Price Campbell, Second VP; Jeff Blue, Treasurer and Amy Beech, Secretary.  They have taken the challenge to lead this fine Chapter and I know they will not disappointment.  Thank you for your commitment.


I look forward to seeing all of you in 2022 and continuing my involvement with the Board as Chairperson.  Thank you for being a part of my story…my heart is happy!



Yours in AAHAM,




Linda M. Patry, CRCE-I

President, Virginia Chapter of AAHAM