As we move into the new year, I hope you and your loved ones continue to enjoy God’s Grace and Mercy. On behalf of the Board of Directors, The Board and I send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to all Tensasans who lost loved ones in 2020 and presently. It appears that our country is still in the middle of trying to manage the COVID19 pandemic. Therefore, I encourage you all to stay prayed up and keep the faith.
Because the new year finds us with renewed safety challenges of COVID-19, regrettably I must inform you that the planned reunion for 2021 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been cancelled. While this is very disappointing, all of us are aware of the health risks that our individual states are going through in this moment. As with many major corporations, and major events having to be cancelled, we too, must postpone our tradition of having an annual reunion. We must ensure that our safety and health must be the most important factors in making these decisions. We want to thank the Reunion Chairs and their Committees who were already planning and working to host the Reunions in Arlington last year and Baton Rouge for 2021.
Turning my attention to 2021, I would like to encourage each of you to contribute to our Tensas Reunion, Inc. Scholarship. Let me reiterate that Tensas Reunion, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and our scholarship program maintains our non-profit status. In addition, the commitment of this organization is to award deserving students with one of the greatest opportunities we can give to them: A Mind is A Terrible Thing to Waste. I am making an appeal again to every Tensasan to please contribute to the Scholarship fund. In 2020 Tensas Reunion, Inc. awarded $5,000 in total to three well deserving college bound students. I think that we can do better, please make an annual commitment to donate. If EVERYONE donated, we would continue to make a difference. Please send your scholarship donations to:
Albert Rowe, 10631 N. Park Ave., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70811-1742.
The pandemic has changed all our lives and interrupted our lives and livelihoods. One of the things that I always hear from others is how much they miss getting together with family and friends, and how if they had to change things, they would make more time to do so. I, along with so many Tensasans, miss getting together at the Reunions every year. Since we have now had to cancel two, it makes me more excited to get together with my “Tensasan” family. With excitement let us look forward to attending our Reunion in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2022! Charlotte is a very historic city with so much to see and do.
I am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve as your President. With all your help and support, and the dedication of the Board of Directors, we have accomplished a lot this last year. I close with the theme from the 2019 Tensas Reunion in Los Angeles, California: “Continuing the Legacy, Strengthening the Present, Shaping the Future.” Thank you for your loyalty and dedication to Tensas Reunion, Inc. We could not exist without the continued commitment and participation from you, my fellow Tensasans. Let us continue to move forward in faith and prayers for each other, and our families for safety and good health in 2021.
Dr. Charlie B. Washington, President
Board of Directors
Tensas Reunion, Incorporated