Rich Barrett
LymTal International, Inc.

It’s hard to imagine this year has just over two months left. A lot of us have had to re-evaluate our priorities as we manage risk for COVID. We have had to continually look at how we are handling our day to day activities from not only a work aspect but from a personal standpoint as well. Our children are either going to school online or with a hybrid schedule with more changes expected to come after the 1st of the year. We are constantly asking, what are we comfortable with for ourselves and our families? These are common discussions and decisions that we, our nation and actually the world, have to make almost daily. As we all live our lives waiting for more detailed information to come, one truth stands out to us; We can reflect on the fact that we are here, standing strong though this adversity and ready for the next challenge!

While our ICRI Baltimore Washington Chapter has decided to cancel most of our events out of caution, our members have been able to maintain the relationships that have been developed through the history of our great Chapter. I am looking forward to the next in-person event we have so I can see everyone again. I am sure you are as well.

The Board wants to thank everyone who attended the 29th Annual Golf Outing. With the challenges of changing venues to allow for a shotgun start, the Golf Committee pulled off one of the best Golf Outings we have had to date. I want to personally thank Brian McCabe, Kevin Kline & Taylor Crampton of CP&R as well as all the volunteers for their efforts and time to make this tournament a success. The Taylor Made Tent was an astounding success.

A few updates on our upcoming scheduled events:

•As I am sure it is not a surprise to everyone, we have cancelled our 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting that was to be held at the Hotel at College Park on November 5th, 2020.

•Scholarship Applications were received and the Board will be letting the applicants know if they received a scholarship. Thank-you Dominic Huey for your hard work.

•Our 4th Quarter Dinner Meeting is our Outstanding Repair Project 2020 Awards Banquet. We are going to still have the Awards Presentations Virtually and Incorporate our Annual Fall Technical Seminar at the same time. Details Below:

•Virtual Awards Presentations / Fall Technical Seminar: Thursday December 10, 2020 from 9-12:30 (more information to follow via e-mail)

As we continue to push forward through this rough and challenging time, I want to wish the best health and safety to you and your families. This is truly a time to reflect and be thankful for what we have in these challenging times.

Please feel free to contact me at rich@lymtal.com with any comments and suggestions for the remainder of the year.

Rich