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President's Message

2020 A Year In Review


2020 is a year that I will never forget.

On September 11, 2001, the United States of America faced the largest terrorist event on our soil. Slogans such as “Never Forget,” “Lets Roll” and “Patriot Act” took place in our everyday language.

Patriotic songs fill the radio stations. Classics such as “God Bless the USA” became poplar again. New songs like “American Soldier” and “Where Were You (when the world stopped turning)” became number 1 hits.

Sporting events were postponed and memorial services became standing room only events.

2020 is another year like that.

This year we have phrases like “Essential Worker”, “Virtual Learning” and “Social Distancing.” 2020 will go down in history as the year the world shut down.

The 2020 patriotic songs include “Six Feet Apart,” “Happy Anywhere,” and “Do What you Can.” Gloria Estefan rerecorded her hit single “Get on Your Feet” with new lyrics “Put on Your Mask”.

We see public service messages about hand washing, cleaning countertops, wearing a mask and social distancing.

Sporting events were held with little or no spectators and church and religious services were cancelled. Even the Pope cancelled Easter Sunday Mass from the Vatican.

For us at the NJSSAMT, we took our board meetings virtual via Skype in March. We made an early decision to cancel our Spring General Meeting and Educational Session.

The AMT offices closed and the employees worked remotely. The 2020 Annual Meeting was cancelled, as well as most Fall meetings.

Due to the pandemic and travel restrictions, many events have been moved to virtual, postponed or cancelled.

In the memo from Ivette Rivera, RMA, AHI, RPT(AMT) Eastern District Councillor, plans for the first 6 months of 2021 are outlined.

We may not like the choices that had to be made, and are being made, but be assured they are all made with the health and safety of our members and their families in mind.

We all hope for better things in 2021. The vaccine distribution should have a big impact when distribution is widespread. And if that happens, we will see each other at the 2021 Annual Meeting in Norfolk, VA.

Happy New Year! To you and your family from your NJSSAMT Officers and Board and our families.