Looking Forward to 2022
by ARCRA President Jim Hamilton
Updated November 23, 2021
At this time of year, I have found myself reflecting on the past couple of years. With COVID-19 impacting the entire planet (clinically and politically), it’s probably natural to be in less-than-optimal spirits. However, I also started thinking about the good things that have transpired. Globally, first responders and health care staff have stepped up to help others in ways that we haven’t experienced in many years. Vaccines were developed in record-breaking time. Families are starting to travel and visit with each other. And since Fall is a time to reflect and give thanks, I will share that I am very thankful for everything that has been done to keep us all as safe and healthy as possible.
As I reflect on ARCRA over the past couple of years, we are truly thankful to everyone that has contributed to ARCRA’s educational programs through our newsletters and webinars. The contribution of their time is truly appreciated. The most recent webinar with Red Cross Chief Financial Officer Brian Rhoa is a great example. Brian and his team have been working diligently to manage the pension system. Brian’s presentation revealed that the Red Cross has managed to get the pension system to the highest funding percentage that any of us can remember. More webinars are scheduled in 2022. And finally, some behind-the-scenes improvements have been made at ARCRA, including the strengthening of the Retiree Connection program thanks to some great work by Chris Saeger, Michael Carroll, and the Retiree Connection volunteer Links.
And, 2022 will bring a new slate of officers to ARCRA including:
- President: Harold Brooks
- Treasurer: Steve Rieve
- Secretary: Sharyn Whitman, returning for a second two-year term
I thank them for their commitment to supporting ARCRA and all Red Cross retirees.
As we head into the holiday season, I hope that you stay safe and experience joy and wonderful times with friends and family!
Looking forward to 2022,
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