New Year Message from ILA – South Atlantic and Gulf Coast District President Alan A. Robb

Dear Friends:

“Auld Lang Syne” is the traditional Scottish song sang at the new year. Perhaps, because of my Scottish background, I have always enjoyed hearing it sung (since I cannot sing). But the meaning of fellowship and friendship the song invokes has an especially strong meaning this year. This is particularly so, since the traditional custom is for all participants to sing holding hands in a big circle of unity. Obviously, we have missed such acts of personal contact and humanity these past nine months. As 2020 sets and the dawn of 2021 is here, we pause to reflect on so much that has transpired, our blessings and our sorrows. We all have lost loved ones and friends; many of us have been sick; there have been needless accidents at work; business disruptions; political turmoil and lack of leadership are all among the concerns we have endured. Yet, we also have much to be grateful for: a vaccine; many of our ports are thriving; new political leadership and hopefully some political stability on the way. Yes, 2021 bolds well for a brighter, healthier new year. Thank you for your endurance. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your flexibility. Thank you for assisting in our effort to maintain our balance as we struggled to cope with the craziness around us. The song asks: “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon”. Our response of course is we will not forget old friends, we will continue forward together in our solidarity of mission! God bless America! God Bless the ILA! Happy 2021!


Alan A. Robb

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