A Message From The President of Branch 7 /Frank Spathanas on 06/01/2020
Greetings everyone. Welcome to the new normal, or whatever that means. I hope everyone is staying safe during this pandemic. I want to thank all carriers for doing their jobs and being essential employees everyday. When this pandemic began, and we became essential employees, not knowing what we were going to face with Covid-19, we still did our jobs professionally hoping we would not get contaminated or even worse bring the virus home with us and expose our families with it. I thank you all for doing everything you can to stop the spread of the virus while still delivering your routes. My hope is someone in Washington will realize and recognize what we do for our communities and how essential we are and we get some kind of hazard pay for the work we do. As we wait for things to get back to some kind of normalcy, we unfortunately will have to cancel the June meeting.
The Covid-19 virus has wreaked havoc on Branch 7 and our planned events. We lost out on our monthly meetings, the food drive, the National Convention was cancelled for the people that were elected to go, our annual Navigators Family night is also cancelled. Regarding the Patriots raffle, I reached out to the Patriot organization and spoke to them about deferring this upcoming season and applying the credit to next years season tickets. They will get back to me on that request but in the mean time, if you bought a raffle ticket, see the person you bought it from for a refund. Everything is up in the air and I will keep all members informed as much as possible.I was considering a ZOOM meeting with all members and I had one with the Executive Board and the stewards and alternates last week. It was ok but there were too many variables going on and there was difficulty logging on for some.I just don’t think it’s a good time right now.
The leaders of Branch 7 hope all members and their families are safe and not impacted by this virus. Everybody,please do your part to prevent the spread of this virus.,like washing hands,social distancing and keeping an eye out for and checking in on elderly or sick neighbors. Offer to help them by doing food shopping or picking up medications. Everyone stay safe and thank you for all you do.