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A Message to Our Membership
March 19, 2020
The United States of America has changed dramatically in the last 7 days. While some may have monitored the COVID-19 impact from afar, we are now experiencing it very close to home. Many decisions are being made that have disrupted the lives we previously knew, and now each day presents a new unknown.
The Architectural Woodwork Institute cannot foresee the future with certainty, but one of our greatest strengths is our core of members, our "family". Our members have always helped each other rise in times of crisis and I expect the same during this event. Family outreach can be done via Best Practice Groups, the online community forum, or just a simple phone call to another member.
AWI Education has halted all planned spring scheduled events to protect the well-being of our members and presenters. I have requested that our Education department develop offerings that are relevant to the times and geared towards the appropriateness of our members' current needs. I firmly believe that our association should be fluid and in the moment of our members' needs for the health of our industry.
I believe that the human spirit and the resiliency of the wood industry are far more superior than the effects of this virus. But the coming days will challenge our perspectives. I encourage each one of you to stay strong and stay the course. Tough decisions will be made by many to survive the storm. But when your heart and intentions are in the correct place the temporary pain will be replaced by long-term gain because of your courageous fortitude now. Please know you are not alone!
Regardless of your role, I ask that everyone spends time self-reflecting and finding ways to be impactful locally. A simple form is practicing good hygiene and social distancing. But if you have the ability to serve others directly, I encourage you to take the first step and provide aid to that relative, friend, colleague, or neighbor. Many people will have needs, but most won't ask directly for help. A charitable gift, a bag of groceries, or just a simple note can go a long way towards the spirits and recovery of individuals.
Every member is in my thoughts and prayers. It truly is an honor to serve you and this association. Please reach out to me directly if you are aware of a service that AWI can offer to benefit the overall good for all members. Our team will continue to assess how we can best serve, but direct feedback is helpful.
All the best and grateful to serve,
Doug Hague, EVP
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