Update from Stephen Lonergan 5.12.2020
As we are all sitting waiting for the state’s FY2021 budget, and planning our own 1/12 budgets, I wanted to take this time to bring everyone up to date on some other happenings in your association.
The Executive Board is meeting via ZOOM – the new smartphone for meetings – on a regular basis to discuss what we have facing us as we enter the next phase of this pandemic. In the time since the last update, next year’s officers/new Executive Board members have been nominated, and appointed by the board per the new bylaw change. These members will hold their respective offices until June 30, 2021. However the elections for 2022 will be held at the next annual meeting, at our new location the Sea Crest.
Additionally, the FY2021 budget was passed, and I would like to extend my thanks to Victor Garofalo and our new Executive Director Beth Whitman. Some of the highlights, or should I say lowlights, include the effect of the shutdown on our finances. Just like every community, the MCTA has, and is feeling a financial impact. Due to strong financial policies and foresight from my predecessors, we are in a position to weather the storm for a bit. However, it will hurt and things will be tight. Tough decisions on dues and fees that we charge and ways to cut expenses, but not diminish our effectiveness were made and will continue to be made. I should note that due to the budget hardships we all face in our communities, no increases in fees/dues were made in this budget.
Also, as a reminder, no decision has been made yet about the certification exams for this year. The Education Chair, Barbara Barry, and I are reviewing all options and trying to figure what will be both fair and practical for the candidates. Because we have not yet made a decision on this matter, if you are eligible to take the test – please make sure you submit you PACT application ON of BEFORE May 31st if you want to be considered for the either exam should they be held.
For anyone who is eligible for a pin for years of service, please send Diane in our office an email with the number of years. The minimum is 10 years and I believe go in 5 year increments (10, 15, 20, etc.). These pins are usually given out at the annual meeting, so they may be delayed until our November meeting.
Well, as I listen to the great ‘80’s band Men Without Hats big hit Safety Dance – check out it’s meaning and you will see why – I wish everyone health and safety and will continue to look forward to a time when we can all get together.