A Message From Our President

SAWE is an International Society and currently there is an international health crises worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. First and foremost our concern is for health and safety of our families and loved ones. Although we’re a technical society, nothing is more important to our society than your fundamental health and wellness.

The health crisis worldwide has the attention of all of us. SAWE’s mission to provide you with training, resources, technical references, standards guidance, and other technical support remains our primary focus. However, this mission will definitely be impacted in these difficult times. We are a society that relies on the dedicated service of volunteers and a few paid positions. That doesn’t change, but we certainly expect the health and safety of our membership to come first. And we respect and understand policies of our membership’s employers regarding travel restrictions to be in the best interest of all involved. We acknowledge and honor these preventive restrictions and accept them wholeheartedly.

I have created a COVID-19 task force to gather information, provide guidance, and modify this year’s activities to best provide SAWE’s mission to our membership and the mass properties community. This is a fluid situation that relies on your understanding. The task force will create some contingencies that address these trying times.

Our society’s strength has a long history of precious personal relationships and close interaction. I expect that to become stronger in these trying circumstances, but it will rely more heavily on our online connections due to health concerns. SAWE remains dedicated to serving you for your technical needs. And we’ll be exploiting flexibility with digital and online capabilities to maintain the best quality support we can within current health constraints.


Good health to all.
John Hargrave
President SAWE

One thought on “A Message From Our President”

  1. John
    Good message. Thanks for keeping us upto date.
    I heard that some airlines are cutting salaries by 50% as load factors have dropped from 85% to the 20-30% level. The impact is way worse on them that 9-11, when we had to postpone the 2002 Conference Planning meeting from 9-17-01 to 10-24-01.

    As a member of the planning and host committee, I saw how everyone rallied to make the rescheduled planning regional/meeting a success, by not procrastinating on finishing papers, presentations, RPs, training class materials, etc.

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