|Dear CVVFA Member:
Due to the worldwide healthcare emergency, the annual convention for the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association has been canceled. Given this national emergency has negatively affected the normal activities of the organization’s Officers and Directors, we are proposing adoption of a Resolution that would postpone the elections until the 2021 annual convention. Voting “Yes” to adopt the Resolution would mean the individuals currently holding the respective offices of the organization would remain in their respective position until the 2021 Annual Convention August 5-7 in McConnellsburg PA. Please carefully read the Resolution that follows. At the bottom of the page click on the link that will allow you to vote either FOR or AGAINST the Resolution.
SUBJECT: To authorize the postponement of annual Officer and Director Elections for the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association (Association) in light of the Corona-virus 2019 (“COVID-19”) Worldwide Pandemic.
WHEREAS: Article II, Section 1, 2 and 3 of the Association by-laws stipulate there shall be an election of Officers and Directors held annually at the annual convention of the Association; and
WHEREAS: In the history of this Association other events of significance, such as unexpected deaths of Association officers and World Wars has prevented the Association from holding the annual elections for Officers and Directors, and
WHEREAS: The current Association Officers and Directors were duly elected and sworn in to serve at the August 2019 Annual Convention held in Berkley Springs, West Virginia; and
WHEREAS: Beginning as early as November and December of 2019 a worldwide healthcare pandemic began emerging that would later force local, state and national leaders to exercise Executive Orders closing businesses, limiting travel, issuing stay at home orders, cancel events of public assembly and prohibiting the gathering of five, ten or more individuals depending your location in the United States; and
WHEREAS: These Executive Orders, having the effect of law, have hampered the effectiveness of the Association during a period of time when Association activity is at its’ highest frequency of engagement throughout the entire year. Annual events such as the Congressional Fire Service Institute Seminars and Dinner in Washington, DC; Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, IN; National, State and Regional Fire Service Conferences and Conventions, which are key to the Association promoting its mission, have all been canceled; and
WHEREAS: At this time, the Association is unable to hold an annual convention as currently planned for August 2020 in Williamsport, Maryland, where elections would normally occur due to government imposed restrictions and concern for the health of our members; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Officers, Directors and Membership of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association, by a consensus vote taken by electronic poll, authorize a one-year suspension of Article II, Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Association By-Laws relating to annual elections for Officers and Directors until the calendar year 2021 annual Convention and direct that the currently sworn Officers and Directors continue serving in their elected capacity until the Association Convention is held in calendar year 2021.