I’m writing in hopes that this note finds you and your family well during this unique time in our country and around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m also writing to inform you that we’ll continue to suspend all Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Local and National Program meetings, activities, and outings until 31 May 2020. We hope that this time period will allow the current crisis to pass and it will enable us to once again resume our regular program meetings, activities, and outings. We will make another assessment on 29 May to determine if further suspension is necessary to ensure everyone’s safety.
We recognize that we are in a fluid, evolving situation. People all over the world are being asked to give up what they love: time each day to learn new things, to grow, and, most importantly, to share time together with friends. As you know, we continue to monitor the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), along with local, state, and federal agencies. We’ve also maintained open and transparent communications with our partners and our donors. As the situation continues to develop, we will make some difficult decisions regarding Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Local and National Program meetings, activities, and outings. I can assure you that we’ll make each decision on an informed basis with participant, volunteer, staff, and community safety and well-being remaining as our top priority.
Meanwhile, we encourage each program to continue to engage with each other in the virtual safe space. Fortunately, we can safely and effectively conduct our core program activities like fly tying and fly rod building in a virtual environment. These virtual programs rekindle and build community by creating hope and happiness where there may be feelings of isolation, loneliness and fear. Through these core program activities, we continue to provide physical and emotional recovery, encourage engagement, and extend our community where our participants can heal. We should never forget that we are stronger together.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you all for your dedication and your commitment to our Cause!
Todd S. Desgrosseilliers
President & Chief Executive Officer