President Arnold King

We are now almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. The origin of the virus remains a mystery, but the effects are real and will probably continue into the future. The good news is we are learning to live with the problem and keep people as safe as possible with vaccines and therapeutic medicine.

Supermarket prices jumped 0.8% in November, pushing the inflation rate for food costs to 6.4% over the past year, the largest increase for a 12-month period since 2008. That’s bad, but at least we are getting a decent cost of living raise this year. Those who live on a set income are going to really suffer if inflation isn’t brought under control.

We are planning a real person to person annual meeting and board meeting on August 1st at Denver. We hope some of you are planning to come and participate. Denver is a great location for the meeting and a convenient time to stretch it into a great vacation. Details will be provided in the near future. Plans for the SWCS annual meeting, which meets concurrently with ARCSE, are available on the SWCS website. The normal plan for our meeting is to have a luncheon and an awards ceremony on Monday. Following that, we have a formal business meeting of the board of directors. One important item on the agenda will be a discussion of future board meetings. For the past two years we have had Zoom meetings with fairly good results. Should we begin having Zoom business meetings or continue having in-person meetings as we have had historically? If you have thoughts or feelings about that, please let us know. After all, we do try to represent your wishes while we serve on the board.

A few weeks ago, I got a call from Roland Willis. I hadn’t talked to him in 25 years. He complimented our organization for our attempts to make ARCSE more appealing to younger employees and retirees. It was a wonderful call that I will always remember, because just a few days later, we received notice that he had passed away. It is very sad, but he’s now in God’s Kingdom along with several others who have passed away this year. I know we all enjoy remembering the good times we had working with our associates. And that is what makes our ARCSE such a great and worthwhile organization worthy of our support.I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And finally, we have a dedicated board and support staff, and I want to thank them for their efforts to keep ARCSE sustainable.

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