Letter from the President

A Message from 2016-17 President Chris Astrella WCPC

You know for the past couple of months I’ve been trumpeting summer’s arrival, but it seems all we’ve gotten is rain! I hope those of you who have had too much rain have been able to weather the storm (no pun intended) and get through it ok. Finally, it looks like we’re all going to get a break from the rain and dry out for a week or more. FINALLY.

On the WMCA front, things have been quiet at the board level, but the 2017 Conference Committee has been gearing up for the Kalahari next month. We have one final meeting on August 3rd to finalize everything and then it’s off to conference! Just some quick reminders: don’t forget to purchase your conference t-shirt, the President’s Tailgate is included in your registration fee, and there is a block of rooms at the Wintergreen Hotel (across the street or about a 3-minute drive) from the Kalahari.

On Wednesday night of conference, the President’s Tailgate will be held (rain or shine!) and we’re going to have an awesome time with hot dogs, brats, toppings, and all kinds of tailgating games. It will be just like Miller Park (no tailgating at Yankee Stadium!) with friends, food and fun. Best of all, the cost is already included in your conference registration, so no extra payment is required, just mark in your registration that you will be attending so we have the proper headcount for the food! Don’t forget to wear those conference t-shirts, so we can get some great pictures and a big group shot too!

The banquet proves to be one for the history books: celebrating my love for Hawai’i with a real Hawai’ian luau! Aloha wear is suggested and ENCOURAGED so I hope to see everyone in aloha shirts, aloha dresses and ready to celebrate the accomplishments we’ve all made over the past year!

Finally, I’ve shared some pictures of me and Dr. Julie this year, but I realized I never shared any of our four-legged fur ball Nala. She’s a Treeing Walker Coonhound Beagle Mix and even though she’s 11 ½ she still acts like a puppy…and is the true boss of the house . She’s enjoyed her time as “first dog” and loves to give kisses to anyone who will take them!

I can’t thank you enough for this amazing opportunity to serve as your President, and as my term winds down I reflect on the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been. It’s been a truly awesome journey and I’m glad you have been able to be on it with me every step of the way.


Chris Astrella WCPC

WMCA 2016-17 President
Phone: 608-446-6480
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