Thank you for trusting and supporting the Officers and I to lead the CVVFA for another year and through these difficult times.
Last weekend our great organization did what other organizations have not been able to do as of late. Because of the determination and support of our members, partners and leadership, we held the 119th Annual Convention and our first virtual meeting ever.
Association leadership was instant and focused to keep the tradition, even in these troubling times by having an annual convention. We haven’t missed a convention since World War II. We heard back from many that attended telling us the meeting was great. We were able to participate in online social activities, the organization took care of current business and even cleaned up some outstanding items from previous meetings. If you missed it, we hope you will join us for our fall get together.
We honored our dear friend and fellow member Dr. Harry as the CVVFA Fireman of The Year which was presented by Chief Billy Goldfeder. Special guests/members included Chief Billy Shelton and Wayne Powell who are long time supporters of the CVVA. For those that attended and those that helped make this historic event happen, again thank you!
When I took office last year, I addressed the organization that command had been established and we were moving forward, we are still moving in that direction and our command presence is even stronger than before. Events caused our focus to shift. We changed from offensive operations to defense, concentrating on the well-being of our members and our brand during these difficult times.
Whether it is working on Fire Service Reputation Management, Fire Prevention, or our signature program Responder Safety, I have come to realize that there are many members of the fire service, as well as the broader first responder community, that rely on us and look to the CVVFA for leadership. I made a decision early on that we would do everything possible not let the people down who support us. We could have used the COVID national emergency or the civil unrest as an excuse and just hunkered down. But that isn’t us folks. We know we are on the right track as our work was validated by receiving a FEMA Firefighter Safety and Health Grant. What a motivator to recover from 2020 and seek a brighter future!
As we continue our journey and look forward, the October meeting is being planned and will be a virtual assembly with training and social activities included. Members are also hard at work planning a holiday social activity in the Gettysburg Pa. or Fredericksburg Va. area if conditions allow, with our membership’s health being priority #1. It is my hope and we are already laying the plans to do a reset with the Spring Meeting in Greencastle Pa. along with the training weekend and social activities. Rest assured the 120th Convention planning is in the works for August 4-7 2021.
Following these comments are a recap of the actions taken at Convention. Full minutes will be posted on these pages in the near future.
As most of you know one of my favorite sayings is Family First – The One at Home and the Fire Service Family. As always, we are here for our members, their families and their departments. Please let us know if help is needed during these challenging times or in the future.
Please stay safe, if you are passing through Virginia and find yourself at I-95 and Route 17 please stop by and say hello.
It is a singular honor and a privilege to lead the CVVFA. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me and our officers.
With warmest regards I am,
Chief Allen Baldwin
119th Annual ZOOM Convention Take-a- ways
- Conducted the first virtual convention with over 50 members and guests in attendance
- Approved a Resolution to extend the Terms of all Officers and Directors until the 2021 Convention due to COVID 19
- Approved as a First Reading By-law changes to improve the operation of the Association
- Received pledges of $2400 for Fallen Fire & Emergency Services Fund
- Presented Dr. Harry Carter the E. Wade Thomas Firefighter of the Year Award
- Granted two college scholarships
- Accepted Officer, Director and Committee reports to be posted on the website with the minutes
- Adopted a balanced budget for 2021
- Accepted the Treasurer’s Report with the largest fund balance in the history of the Association
- Scheduled the Fall Meeting as virtual for October 24th.
- Removed members who have not paid dues in over two years from the roles.
- Announced Amazon Smile has deemed the CVVFA eligible for charitable contributions
- Joined the National Fire Heritage Center